American Rescue League Boston joins MAF for special sterilization clinic in Fall River; highlights the need – Fall River Reporter

On Tuesday, the Animal Rescue League of Boston’s Spay Waggin’ was in Fall River at the Fall River Fire Museum at 1181 North Main Street to spay 30 animals as part of an ongoing collaborative effort with ARL, the Massachusetts Animal Fund (MAF) and Fall River Animal Control.

For four years, ARL hosted the clinic in conjunction with MAF and Fall River Animal Control. The surgeries are under the MAF voucher program, which distributes vouchers to eligible low-income pet owners to cover the cost of the important procedure.

Due to high demand, many customers have been on a waiting list for several months to have their pets neutered, and ARL is pleased to once again provide this vital service that the Fall River community sorely needs.

“Fall River is already a struggling community, but since the pandemic, it seems getting spay services has proven even more difficult,” said Cynthia Berard-Cadima, Fall River animal control manager. “People contact us daily asking for funds. Many are out of work and our homeless community is growing. We stretch every penny and our veterinarians give more of their time and services than ever before. »

Customers began arriving with their pets around 8:30 a.m. and will pick up their pets in the afternoon after surgery and recovery time.

Clinics like this that provide subsidized neutering and spaying services are the core of MAF, which is funded primarily through the voluntary tax levy (line 33f) on the income tax form of Massachusetts residents. Since 2014, the MAF voucher program has helped provide neutering and neutering services to over 17,500 animals.

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