50,000 and Counting!
Since 2000, the Animal Rescue League of Boston’s (ARL) Spay Waggin’ has been the organization’s largest community spay and neuter program, and currently serves pet owners in Southeastern Massachusetts and Cape Cod each and every month. Recently, the program surpassed a major milestone — 50,000 spay and neuter surgeries!
The Spay Waggin’ is truly a community service, bringing affordable, accessible, and high quality spay and neuter services right to where they’re needed most.
“This service has helped thousands of people keep the pets they love in their communities all over the South Shore, South Coast, and Cape Cod,” said ARL Veterinarian Dr. Kyle Quigley. “The surgeries performed as part of this program has helped keep countless animals out of shelter and out of harm’s way.”
The Spay Waggin’ makes rotating stops in the following communities:
- New Bedford
- North Dartmouth
Along with the spay or neuter surgery, each animal is given a brief veterinary exam, vaccines, treatments for fleas, ear mites or intestinal parasites, and a nail trim. ARL’s vision is to ensure that animals are safe and healthy in the communities where they live, and the Spay Waggin’ exemplifies this vision.
“It’s truly amazing to think of the impact this program has had on the communities we serve,” exclaimed Dr. Quigley. “Thanks to our donors we have made a difference helping animals and people in need and we look forward to continuing this work for years to come.”
Why Spay or Neuter Your Pet?
If you have not had your pet spayed or neutered, here are five reasons why you should:
- Reduce the cost of pet ownership. Particularly given the number of low-cost options available in Massachusetts, the cost of caring for an unplanned litter far outweighs the cost of having a pet spayed/neutered.
- Diminish nuisance behaviors. Neutering resolves the vast majority of marking behaviors—even when a cat has a long-standing habit. Howling in cats and excessive barking in dogs eases and even disappears after surgery.
- Prevent aggressive behaviors. According to the National Canine Research Foundation, approximately 92% of fatal dog attacks involved male dogs, 94% of which were not neutered. Neutering male dogs and cats reduces their urge to roam and fight with other males.
- Increase longevity. The USA Today reports neutered male dogs live 18% longer than unneutered males, and spayed females live 23% longer than unspayed females.
- Improve health outlook. Neutering males cats and dogs before six months of age prevents testicular cancer. Spaying female cats and dogs before their first heat offers protection from uterine infections and breast cancer.
Make an Appointment Today!
Spay Waggin’ services are by appointment only, call 1-877-590-SPAY (7729), or go online to book your appointment to help your furry friend live a longer and better life!