Animal Rescue League of Boston

July 24, 2020 | 0
Animal Rescue League of Boston’s “Spay Waggin'”
2020 33ft Spay/Neuter Clinic

For over 10 years, we here at La Boit Specialty Vehicles have been honored to work with the incredible team at the Animal Rescue League (ARL) of Boston. Each year, ARL serves more than 20,000 animals in need with veterinary care, pet adoption, and “field services.” (Field services can include things such as technical rescues of wild and domestic animals from trees, water, and ice, and non-technical rescues for injured domestic animals.)

ARL has a long and storied history. On their website, they talk about how they have been confronting the root causes of animal cruelty and neglect since 1899. Back then, many stray animals suffered as they lived on the streets of Boston. They write that founder Anna Harris Smith felt the call to take action against the cruel mistreatment of these homeless animals, in addition to Boston’s many working horses.

“While getting dogs and cats off the street is work worth doing,” Harris Smith wrote at the time, “the teaching of thoughtful kindness is the work that changes families, communities, and a nation.”

Over 120 years later, ARL still operates in the spirit of its founder. In their “Vision for the Future” statement, they have adopted a method of constant improvement as they seek to answer the big questions, such as, “…our reason for being; what are our core values and beliefs for animals and people; and what is our vision for the future?”

They describe their new vision for the future as looking “beyond our borders to identify innovations and best practices of animal welfare organizations across the national, and to look within to assess our strengths and skills.”

It’s clear that mobile is a big part of that vision…

Wild and domestic animals of all kinds require lots of love, care, and attention when it comes to cruelty, abandonment, and neglect. Unfortunately, the Animal Rescue League of Boston has seen an uptick of animals being left outside of their shelters in recent years.

It is understood that many members of the community do not have access to basic veterinary care for their animals, or face the issue of affordability when it comes to treatment or general medical procedures, which leads them to forfeiting care for their pets.

The Animal Rescue League aims to meet these needs by offering those essentials for dogs and cats through their three La Boit-built mobile clinics: A 22ft veterinary sprinter name the “Wellness Waggin'” and two 33ft spay/neuter clinics called the “Spay Waggins.'”

ARL Wellness Waggin
ARL’s “Wellness Waggin'”
Photo courtesy of the Animal Rescue League of Boston

Wellness Waggin’: ARL’s Wellness Waggin’ provides low cost physical exams, rabies and distemper vaccines, flea treatment, and microchipping. The Wellness Waggin operates on a regular schedule throughout the week, visiting multiple cities throughout the greater Boston area. The vehicle was made possible through a partnership with the Action for Boston Community Development (ABCD), as well as grants from PetSmart Charities and the Mabel Louise Riley Foundation.

“It’s great for the community and for the people that really don’t have enough money to go to the animal shelter and pay $200, $300 for a vaccination. I don’t think I would get this quality of care if I didn’t have the Wellness Waggin.” a client wrote on Facebook, who brought 2 dogs and a cat to the clinic.

Spay Waggin’: As we all know, pet overpopulation can become a big problem quickly. It requires constant diligence. Communities across the country must make continual efforts to spay and neuter domestic animals in order to keep a healthy and manageable animal population level, protect against serious health problems, and reduce many of the behavioral problems associated with the mating instinct.

Since this procedure can be cost prohibitive, ARL deploys two mobile spay/neuter clinics, aptly named the Spay Waggins, to provide high-quality sterilization services for dogs and cats. The service also includes vaccines, flea treatment, nail clipping, ear tip, and a visual veterinary exam.

“We’ve come to learn that pets are as important to some of our seniors as their food and medications, and we don’t want them choosing between the two in order to care for their pets.” says Sharon Scott-Chandler, Executive Vice President/COO from Action for Boston Community Development.

According to information found on the ARL Facebook page, since the year 2000 the Spay Waggin program has conducted over 50,000 spay and neuter surgeries. In 2019, when they only had one mobile spay/neuter clinic, they performed 3,402 surgeries. Now, with the delivery of a second truck in 2020, they hope to perform many more.

ARL’s mobile veterinary services offer an extremely approachable solution for those struggling to care for their animals. As a result of their vehicles, thousands of families have been able to keep the pets that they love, and countless animals have been kept out of shelters all throughout the communities of Massachusetts.

When finances become a hurdle to animal care, ARL says that it is easy to make uneducated and quick thoughtless decisions because of stress, uncertainty, lack of accessibility, and a lack of helpful information. During this global COVID-19 pandemic, they feel that their services are more important than ever.

We at La Boit Specialty Vehicles are honored play a part in the long history of the Animal Rescue League of Boston, and we look forward to continuing our partnership and helping them realize their vision for the future. Thank you for all that you do!

About La Boit Specialty Vehicles

La Boit Specialty Vehicles president Gil Blais first started La Boit in his garage in 1981, where he hand-made organizational boxes for traveling veterinarians. Fast forward to today, La Boit Specialty Vehicles is now a leader in specialty vehicle manufacturing for the Veterinary, Spay/Neuter/Adoption, Dental, Medical, Command, and Bloodmobile industries.

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