"Fixing your pet is as easy as ABC!"

Welcome to Michiana's first and only low-cost spay/neuter clinic. Pet Refuge has promoted spay/neuter for nearly 30 years. We understand that historically spay/neuter has been cost prohibitive for many and the need for a low-cost clinic is an essential component in controlling the pet overpopulation crisis. The estimated four million cats and dogs who are euthanized every year in the United States could have been cherished family pets. Spay/neuter is a proven way to reduce pet overpopulation, ensuring that every pet has a family to love them. A solution is possible and starts with each of us taking one small step: getting our own pets spayed and neutered. To help stop pet overpopulation further, consider adopting your next pet from an animal shelter.

Pet Refuge was able to open this much-needed low-cost clinic with monies awarded from a generous grant from PetSmart Charities as well the support of Pet Refuge and The Pet Refuge Guild. We are excited by this opportunity to give back to our community by offering low-cost spay/neuter services to pet guardians, people caring for free roaming cats, animal shelters, rescue groups and the general public with no income restrictions.

Mission Statement

Our ultimate goal is to eliminate the killing of healthy animals simply because there is no place for them. If more pets are sterilized, there will be fewer litters. If there are fewer litters, there will be fewer animals for shelter and rescue groups to take in, thereby reducing stress and financial burden on these organizations and the communities where they reside.

Standard of Care

Every surgery is performed by a licensed doctor of veterinary medicine and monitored by registered veterinary technicians and fully trained assistants. Every animal is treated with respect and compassion, which means that every animal will receive their own individual sterile instruments and adequate pain control. We will refer to a full service clinic if we feel we are not able to safely provide for the needs of your animal.

The Spay & Neuter Process

Is your unfamiliarity with the spaying and neutering procedure preventing you from scheduling an appointment for your pet? Sometimes it may be awkward to ask your vet for detailed information about the procedure.

Most vets are more than happy to talk to you about your concerns, and they are the best people to ask. Read "About the Procedure" below to get answers to some of your questions before you call and make your appointment.

About the Procedure

1. Spaying is the term used in reference to having a female animal "fixed." Spaying is the surgical removal of the ovaries and uterus.

2. Neutering is the term used in reference to having a male animal "fixed." Neutering is the surgical removal of the testicles.

3. Both surgeries have been performed for many years, and they are the most common surgical procedures performed by veterinarians.

4. Your female pet should be spayed before her first heat cycle, which commonly occurs at around six months of age. The heat cycle may occur sooner, however, and some vets are spaying and neutering pets as young as eight weeks.

5. If your pet is OVER four months old, do NOT allow him to eat any food after midnight the night before his spay/neuter surgery. You can give him water. If your pet is LESS than three months old, he can have food up until 6 am on the day of his spay/neuter surgery. Please note the exact time he ate the food so you can give our clinic staff this information when you check in. You can also give him water.

6. General anesthesia is used on your pet during the procedure.

7. We welcome a call from you to check in on your pet.