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.
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 nine 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 four 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.