The League, founded in 1914, is a private non-profit, charitable organization with a 501(c)(3) status which does not receive any government funding or tax dollars. We are supported solely by private donations from caring people in our community, by grants, special events, and program services.

The Animal Rescue League is guided by the principle of community engagement with the goal of building partnerships that would enhance the quality of life of the animals in our care. Our staff works extremely hard to find good, permanent, loving homes for animals that have been abandoned, neglected, abused, relinquished, or found homeless.

We are a no-kill shelter. The Animal Rescue League of Fall River saves the lives of hundreds of animals per year, and places over 400 cats, dogs, kittens, and puppies a year. No animal is euthanized unless it is on a veterinarian’s advice to end or prevent pain and suffering from a terminal, untreatable illness or physical ailment.

We hope you take some time to browse our site and learn more about the life-saving work we carry out at our Faxon Shelter and Sylvan Clinic. If at any time you have questions about ARL, please call us at 508-676-1061 or email us at info@faxonarl.org


Thank you for your time and interest.

John Panarese
Executive Director

“Matching the Needs of People and Animals”

Mission Statement:

The Animal Rescue League of Fall River is dedicated to the protection and enhancement of the quality of life of animals through Shelter and Clinic Programs, Education, Advocacy, and Service.

The League is a private, regional, 501 (c)(3) community-based, non-profit organization. The Faxon Animal Shelter, the Sylvan Animal Clinic, and the Humane Education Programs comprise the core of the organization. We do not receive any government, state or local funding, but rely on private donations from individuals, businesses, and foundations to support our mission.