Spay Waggin’ Adds Date for Dogs in Hyannis

April Spay Waggin’ Schedule is Now Available


Due to popular demand, the Animal Rescue League’s Spay Waggin’ now has two scheduled dates in Hyannis - April 1 for cats and April 28 for dogs.

The mobile spay/neuter unit provides spay/neuter surgeries and other preventive healthcare for dog and cat parents in financial need on the South Shore and Cape Cod.

“Many people can not afford to spay/neuter their pets,” explained Cheryl T., shelter and community medicine program coordinator at the ARL.

“They love their pets and want to do what’s best for them, but need the kind of help provided by the Spay Waggin’ to keep them happy and healthy.”

Learn more about the Spay Waggin’

The April Spay Waggin’ schedule is now available online. Please call 1-877-590-SPAY(7729) or book online (cats only) and make an appointment for your pet today!

April Spay Waggin Schedule

To see the benefits of spay and neuter visit:


Give Jemma the Best Gift of All, A Home

Reduced Adoption Fee!

Jemma is ready to find her new home! She has been at our Brewster adoption center since June watching all the other kitties be adopted into their new homes, and she is ready for that special someone to come in and choose her!

One of our wonderful volunteers has sponsored part of her adoption fee to help her find her way home for the holidays! You’ll be able to take $100 off of her adoption fee.

Beautiful Jemma has taken up residence in our offices, where she can oversee daily shelter activities. She thinks that her job is to assist you with your office work and she makes a lovely assistant.

This beautiful 18 month-old girl has unique orange splotched markings – even on her legs!

She is well behaved and never makes a mess or knocks things off the desks. She does, however, like to play – she loves paperclips and other similar little things that she can bat around. Be ready for her spicy play style! Jemma is food motivated and would be a lot of fun if you wanted to teach her some tricks.

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She would be thrilled to find herself in a low-traffic home where she can be the Princess. She does not want to be friends with other kitties, although she has done well with quiet, small dogs who respect her as the boss.

Please open your heart and home to Jemma for the holidays and give her the best gift of all!

To learn more about Jemma visit our Brewster adoption center on Cape Cod or give them a call at (508) 255-1030.


Spay Waggin’ Makes a Trip to Hyannis

ARL Spay Waggin’ at Cape Maid Farms

A cat gets some TLC before surgery.

Cheryl gives a cat some TLC before surgery.

The snow and sleet did not stop our Spay Waggin’ from heading over to Hyannis and providing important care to animals there. This past Tuesday the ARL’s Spay Waggin’ made a stop at Cape Maid Farms on Route 28 in Hyannis. Dr. Gollon and her team spayed and neutered 27 cats!

Thank you Cape Maid Farms for hosting the Spay Waggin’ and helping us do this work in Hyannis.

The mobile spay/neuter unit performs affordable surgeries and other preventive healthcare for dog and cat owners in financial need on the Cape and South Shore.

“Many people can’t afford to spay/neuter their pets,” explains Cheryl Traversi, shelter and community medicine program coordinator at the ARL.  “They love their pets and want to do what’s best for them, but need the kind of help provided by the Spay Waggin’ to keep them happy and healthy.”

Staffed by an ARL veterinarian and two trained veterinary technicians, the Spay Waggin’ features a preparation area, a fully equipped surgical suite, and a recovery ward that can accommodate up to 40 animals.

12-12 Spay Waggin VetsEach appointment includes a physical exam, spay (females) or neuter (males), rabies vaccine, distemper vaccine, and flea/ear mite treatment if necessary.

Visits to the Spay Waggin’ are “by appointment only.”  To make an appointment, call 1-877-590-SPAY(7729) or book online (cats only). The Spay Waggin’ phone line is open Monday-Wednesday and Fridays, from 10 AM -4 PM. For all other inquiries, please e-mail

All cats and dogs must be between the ages of two months and five years. The program accepts dogs 50 pounds and under, with restrictions. Special programs for pit bulls are also available.

This year to date, the Spay Waggin’ has treated over 3,300 cats and dogs at its monthly stops at locations throughout Barnstable, Bristol, and Plymouth counties. For more information visit

A happy and grateful family picks up their spayed kitty!

A happy family picks up their spayed kitty! Thank you for making the choice to spay your pet!


November Spay Waggin’ Schedule

Spay/Neuter for Pets with Financial Need in the South Shore and on Cape Cod

If you live on the South Shore or on the Cape, the ARL’s Spay Waggin’ is coming to a town near you! Book an appointment on the Spay Waggin’ for your pet today! The Spay Waggin’ is a subsidized spay/neuter program created by the Animal Rescue League of Boston to assist clients in financial need.

They have stops in Brockton, Wareham, Taunton Plymouth and Hyannis. See the schedule for a date that works for you. Please note that all cats and dogs should be between the ages of two months and five years. Visit the Spay Waggin’ site for more information.


Spay Waggin Schedule


Alice’s New Beginning Thanks to Cape Cod Community

 A Heartwarming “Happy Tail” for Adopt-A-Dog Month

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Dr. Quigley & Alice when she first arrived at the ARL.

Alice, a 7-month mixed breed puppy had a rough start.

When she arrived at the ARL, veterinarian Dr. Kyle Quigley immediately noticed she was having trouble with her back legs. He discovered that she had almost no muscle development in her hind limbs and was having trouble being a regular puppy.

Her hips were severely disabled and would require extensive and expensive surgeries as she grew older.

In spite of her medical condition, the Brewster shelter found a wonderful adoptive family for Alice from Sandwich, MA.

Rachel, her fiance David and son Daniel knew that Alice would require a lot of TLC and they were up for the challenge of caring for this puppy. The family agreed to take Alice as a foster pet and to start her on physical therapy to build strength in her legs before surgery.

Alice in underwater therapy at CARE.

Alice in underwater therapy at CARE.

Therapists at Cape Animal Referral and Emergency (CARE) generously offered to do underwater treadmill sessions with Alice at no cost. Using water to take stress off of Alice’s delicate joints, therapists helped Alice exercise safely and build critical muscle tone and control of her back legs.

The underwater therapy at CARE was so effective that Alice’s veterinarians decided that an operation on her hips was no longer needed! According to Dr. Quigley “her recovery and the muscle mass that she developed were truly remarkable and a testament to the powerful benefits of physical therapy.”

Alice’s foster family fell so much in love with her that they adopted her! Rachel said that “Everyone keeps saying how lucky Alice is to have had so many chances and so many champions, but we feel like we’re the lucky ones. We love her to pieces!”

Alice continues her water treadmill therapy twice a week at CARE and enjoys regular romps, walks and swims at Barnstable’s Sandy Neck Beach with her new family!

Thank you to everyone at CARE and Nancy Bishop and Heather Garre for so generously donating their therapy services to Alice.

Alice with her new family at her favorite place. Rachel (L), David (C) and Daniel (R).

Alice with her new family at her favorite place. Rachel (L), David (C) and Daniel (R).




Enjoy the Last Tastes of Summer & Support Animals at Arnold’s in Eastham

Bring the Family and the Dog to Arnold’s on September 20!

09-14 arnolds-lobster-bar-mOn Friday, September 20, the iconic Arnold’s Lobster and Clam Bar in Eastham will donate all proceeds from the sales of food, ice cream and mini golf to the ARL”s Brewster adoption center and to Wild Care of Cape Cod. Thanks to the generosity of Arnold’s, you can feel especially good about going out to eat on Friday, September 20!

Arnold’s is located at 3580 Route 6 in Eastham and their hours on Friday, September 20 are 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Anyone who subscribes to our enewsletter at the event will receive a free dog or cat toy (while supplies last) and be entered into a special drawing.  Prizes include gift baskets and gift cards to Agway of Cape Cod, The Cape Cod Dog, Hot Diggity, and more.

Arnold’s is inviting well-behaved dogs to join their families on the patio!

It may be your last clam bake of the summer, but proceeds from the event will help animals on Cape Cod all year long.


TODAY: Falmouth Road Race

Cheer for Our Runners!

BRECKMarathongtFrontThe Falmouth Road Race starts today at 10a.m., so look for our runners in the red shirts. Come show your support for our team! Our animal-loving runners include:

Start Info.:
Falmouth uses a wave-start system. The first two waves start at 10AM. At 10:04 the third wave starts at 10:10 the fourth wave starts. At 10:15 the fifth wave starts. Then at 10:20 the sixth wave starts. Wheelchair division race start is at 9:40AM.

Course Info.:
The race is seven miles long and begins in front of the Woods Hole Community Center, near the drawbridge on Water Street. The first three miles are narrow, hilly, winding tree-shaded roads, while the last four miles are open on the flat right next to Martha’s Vineyard Sound. A small steep hill lets you know that you are beginning the last half-mile of the race. Once you crest the hill it is “all downhill” to the finish.

We hope to see some friendly faces cheering on our runners today! 


Mobile Adoption Event Tomorrow

Plymouth, We’re Bringing Our Adoptable Animals To You

We’re holding a mobile adoption event at the Petco in Plymouth tomorrow. Help us reach our goal of finding homes for 1200 cats and dogs by August 31 by adopting from us. We’re coming to you to make it easier for everyone! Even if you can’t adopt, feel free to stop by and say “hi.” We always enjoy meeting animal lovers everywhere we go!

July 14, 2013 @ 11:30 am – 1:30 pm

Please note that COZIE may not be at the Mobile Adoption Event, but other amazing cats definitely will be!


Stop by Cape Codders “Paws for Celebration” is Today!

Join us today, Saturday, June 22 from 11am – 3pm at Nauset Regional Middle School in Orleans. You don’t have to be registered for the dog walk to enjoy the celebration!

The event for people and pooches includes tons of pet-related activities, entertainment and contests, and a pledge walk through downtown Orleans. It’s a fun day out for all the family – including your dog! Event highlights include:

  • PawsForWebsiteContests – Dog/Owner Look-A-Like, Waggiest Tail and more!
  • Raffle! Click here to see the amazing prizes you could win!
  • Face painting, photo booth and caricature artist
  • Police K9 unit demonstration and Frisbee dog show
  • Shopping with pet retailers & other vendors
  • Blueberry facials and other mini spa treatments for dogs
  • Tons of free giveaways
  • Book signings

If you don’t want to join the Pledge Walk, come to Nauset Middle School and join in the fun. Entry is free!


Paws for Celebration on Cape Cod is 1 Week Away!


Pucker up, friends! The kissing booth will be back at this year’s third annual “Paws for Celebration!” The day-long festival includes a fundraising dog walk through downtown Orleans, entertainment, shopping, a silent auction, contests and loads of free goodies for the pups… all proceeds will benefit our Cape Cod shelter in Brewster!

Event highlights include:

  • Contests – Dog/Owner Look-A-Like, Waggiest Tail and more!
  • Raffle! Click here to see the prizes you could win!
  • Face painting, photo booth and caricature artist
  • Police K9 unit demonstration and Frisbee dog show
  • Shopping with pet retailers and other vendors
  • Mini spa treatments for dogs
  • Free giveaways
  • Book signings

Create your personal fundraising page online today to start collecting pledges. Form walk teams with friends, family and co-workers. The first 350 people to register online or at the event will receive a free Paws for Celebration 2013 T-shirt!

We hope to see you and your pooches in our photo kissing booth on the 22!

Click here to register for the event!