Lend a Paw Match-a-thon Starts Today!

Anonymous donor will DOUBLE your donation November 5 – 10

The ARL is kicking off our pre-holiday Lend-A-Paw Match-a-Thon TODAY!

Inspired by her cherished lab and goldens who offered many years of comfort and unconditional love to family and friends, an anonymous donor will double every dollar donated to the ARL during the Lend a Paw Match-a-Thon from now until midnight, November 10.

We need your help to raise $6000 in six days—matched dollar-for-dollar by the anonymous donor for grand total of $12,000—to provide care and assistance to animals, when and where they need it most!


To encourage you to lend a paw, for the next six days we’ll feature the special stories of animals who got a chance at a better life thanks to the kindness and generosity of people like you.

Meet Johnny Cash….

Sabrina, Johnny Cash, and ARL's Dr. Kyle Quigley, share a quick photo before Johnny climbs aboard the Spay Waggin'

Sabrina, Johnny Cash, and ARL’s Dr. Kyle Quigley, share a quick photo before Johnny climbs aboard the Spay Waggin’

Johnny Cash, an affable 3-year-old pit bull mix, lives on Martha’s Vineyard with his family.  His owner Sabrina Luening understood the many health and behavior benefits of neutering a dog and very much wanted to get her cherished pet the veterinary care he needed.

Unfortunately, like many pet owners on the island, Sabrina had a hard time finding affordable options for Johnny.  The cost of spay and neuter surgery can range up to several hundred dollars.

As Barbara Prada, an animal control office in Edgartown for 32 years, explained, for some pet owners on the Vineyard, “getting their animals spayed or neutered was so out of reach for them financially,” and they have no other options for their animals.

She added that because of the lack of affordable spay and neuter services, the popular summer tourist destination known for quaint harbor towns, lighthouses, and sand beaches, is also struggling with pet overpopulation.

So on a crisp fall day just a few weeks ago, the ARL’s Spay Waggin’, a mobile surgical unit that provides high-quality spay and neuter services to pet owners in financial need, took its maiden ferry voyage across the Vineyard Sound to help animals like Johnny Cash get the veterinary care they needed.

The Good Dog Goods store in Oak Bluffs and the Martha’s Vineyard Animal Shelter hosted the Spay Waggin’s island visit.  Pet owners, the Tisbury and Oak Bluffs animal control officers, and the local animal rescue group brought 13 cats and dogs including Johnny Cash to the Spay Waggin’ for spay and neuter and other preventive care.

Bonnie Morrissey, ARL's Spay Waggin's Certified Veterinary Technician, gets this adorable kitten ready for it's vaccinations.

Bonnie Morrissey, ARL’s Spay Waggin’s Certified Veterinary Technician, gets this adorable kitten ready for her vaccinations.

Today’s visit from the ARL’s Spay Waggin’ literally changed Johnny Cash’s life for the better,” explained his mom. Now that he’s neutered, I know that he’ll be more amazing than he already is!”

The ARL’s Spay Waggin’ hits the road to help animals like Johnny Cash lead healthier lives and prevent pet overpopluation.  The ARL receives no government or public funding to provide affordable spay and neuter services.  The Spay Waggin’s low fee covers only a fraction of what it costs to spay and neuter 5,000 cats and dogs each year.


Learn more about the Spay Waggin's high-quality affordable spay/neuter services by clicking on the photo above.

Learn more about the Spay Waggin’s high-quality affordable spay/neuter services by clicking on the photo above.

AS A SPECIAL THANK YOU FROM WBZ RADIODonate $100 or more by midnight TODAY, November 5, and you will automatically be entered to win a $50 gift card to The Outlook Restaurant & Lounge in Nashoba Valley, MA!

Click here or on the DONATE button below to make a donation to ARL’s Lend a Paw Match-a-thon!


THANK YOU to Good Dog Goods, Martha’s Vineyard Animal Shelter, and the ACOs on Martha’s Vineyard for helping to bring the Spay Waggin’ to animals in need!

…and to WBZ and everyone who has donated to the Lend a Paw Match-a-Thon to help animals in need!