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Spay Me! clinic is open Monday through Thursday and Saturday of every week for spay/neuter procedures.
We are open for Wellness appointments every Monday and Thursday from 3:00pm to 7:00pm, and every Tuesday and Friday from 8:00am to 4:30pm.
We are open for Dentals Fridays of every week.
Drop off time is between 7:00 am and 7:45 am (Friday 8am). Our staff is on a tight schedule and has a limited amount of time to meet with clients prior to starting surgeries. If you are late, you will be charged a late fee of $5 per animal.
Do not feed your pet breakfast, but allow your pet to have access to water. Once your animal is conscious after surgery, we will offer them food.
If your dog is a Boxer, Pug, Pekinese, English Bulldog, French Bulldog, Boston Terrier, or your cat is a Himalayan or Persian, please do not feed them after 9pm the day prior to surgery. This is for their safety.
If your dog happens to eat in the morning, please bring your animal in and allow the veterinarian to determine if the procedure can be done.
Pick-up time is between 5:30pm and 6pm. Early pick-ups are not permitted due to the high volume nature of our clinic. Friday and Saturday pick-up times may vary and clients will be told when to pick-up their animal(s) during check-in.
Many studies have consistently proven that spayed or neutered animals live longer, healthier lives. Spaying or neutering also helps to significantly decrease unpleasant behaviors such as spraying, roaming and fighting. Spaying and neutering decreases the likelihood of specific types of cancer by up to 90%, and eliminates the possibility of unwanted puppies and kittens. As long as your dog or cat is healthy enough for surgery, having them spayed or neutered is beneficial.
Most of our volunteers help out with housekeeping and preparatory chores that require little technical skill. Sometimes we are fortunate to have experienced professionals volunteer. All volunteers are screened and work under the supervision of our Certified Veterinary Technicians. We ask that pet owners who are interested in volunteering NOT volunteer on the same day as their appointment.
Please visit www.sftsrescue.org to fill out a volunteer application if you are interested in helping out.
We are able to provide low cost services simply by focusing on what we do best every day. We DO NOT invest in the availability of other services, services that are important and are provided by your veterinarian. We DO NOT have advanced diagnostics such as ultrasound, boarding/grooming facilities, or a full-service veterinary pharmacy. Our budget and expenses are entirely centered on providing only the very best in high-volume spay/neuter services.
A licensed veterinarian performs all of our clinic's surgeries.
We have a 5 full time Veterinarians on staff.
Occasionally, qualified and licensed local veterinarians, committed to our mission, will generously offer their time in our clinic. Doctor Young supervises even the most experienced, licensed, volunteer veterinarians in our clinic.
Shelter From the Storm utilizes a very "mainstream," high-quality pain management protocol. An additional 3 days of pain medication is available for $15.00. We want to make your pet as comfortable as possible after surgery. You are welcome to discuss pain medication when we call to discuss the surgical procedure with you.
Yes. A freshly autoclaved pack of instruments and new, sterile gloves, drapes, syringes, needles, blades and suture are used for each patient. Every surgery is a sterile surgery. We refuse to cut corners when it comes to patient safety.
Shelter From the Storm utilized several models to develop our program. You can learn more by visiting these websites:
It is highly recommended that all outdoor cats be ear tipped. Ear tipping is universally recognized and signals that the cat has been spayed or neutered. While the cat is under anesthesia approximately 1/4 inch of the left ear is removed. There is little or no bleeding, it is relatively painless to the cat, and the ear tip does not significantly alter the appearance or beauty of the cat. Ear tipping is much less traumatic than being captured by an unfamiliar person and having a second surgery attempted.
NOTE: All outdoor cats being altered under the Maddie's Fund grant will be ear tipped.
You can schedule a Wellness appointment for your other animals to be vaccinated. Wellness appointments are available on Tuesdays & Fridays during the day also Monday & Thursday evenings.
Note: Wellness appointments are only available for already spayed/neutered animals. If your animal is not already spayed or neutered, you will be asked to pre-pay for their surgery.
Kittens and puppies can be sterilized at 8 weeks of age, providing they weight two pounds or more. There is still quite a bit of controversy regarding this practice, but several studies have been done to ensure it is safe and establish protocols for doing early spays/neuters. To read more information, visit the ASPCA's website by clicking here.
Cryptorchidism is a condition present at birth in which one or both testicles fail to descend into the scrotum from where they develop in the abdomen. If the testicle has not descended into the scrotum by approximately two months of age, there usually is little chance that further descent will occur.
Spay Me DOES neuter cryptorchid dogs and cats. There is an additional fee of $20 to remove a testicle which has not decended. If you are scheduling to have your dog or cat neutered and it is a cryptorchid please let staff know when you set up the appointment.