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Spay & Neuter

What To Expect

We provide high quality, low cost spay and neuter services for cats and dogs to help ease the pet overpopulation crisis in Mississippi. 

High Volume Spay & Neuter

You may notice that getting your cat or dog fixed at a low-cost clinic is a little different than if you take them to a full-service vet. This is because we take in a large number of animals each day with the goal of completing the surgeries as inexpensively and safely as possible.

 

Because we are a high volume, nonprofit clinic, you may find that our phonelines are often busy. With so many clients to attend to and a small staff, we ask that you leave a voicemail on the appropriate phone line and we will return your call as soon as possible. Another option is to email us at healthypets@sopines.org. Please read the detailed instructions below in order to be fully prepared for your pet's procedure both before and after surgery. 

Preparing for Surgery

The night before your pet's surgery, they should not have any food past midnight, but you should provide water. Kittens and puppies under 4 months old can have 1/2 their normal food until 5am. Please confine animals indoors the night before so the animal does not scavenge for food.

If your pet does not have a rabies vaccine, per MS state law we will administer it at the time of surgery for an additional charge of $10. If your pet has a current rabies vaccine, bring proof in the form of a rabies certificate or current vaccination record from your veterinarian.

All dogs must be on leashes and all cats must be in carriers, one cat per carrier. Refrain from bringing your pet's personal items, such as toys and blankets. Due to the high volume of clients, loose items can easily be lost in the shuffle.

You’ll drop your pet off with us in the morning and leave them at the clinic until after the procedure and they’ve recovered from the anesthesia. Check-in is from 7:45am-9am on Monday-Friday. For discharge, you will receive a text message from us stating that your pet’s surgery is complete and can be picked up in two hours.

                    

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Have questions about spay & neuter?

Visit our FAQs page! 

If you do not already have an appointment, you can make one here.

  • We recommend that you have your pet vaccinated at least two weeks prior to your appointment to protect them from any disease they may be exposed to from other animals in the clinic on the day of surgery.

  • We offer pre-op blood work for all pets and require it for older animals (5 yrs+) or those who have had other medical issues. Please let us know if your pet is over five years of age or has health issues.

  • We require additional supportive care for pets that are in heat, are pregnant, or recently had puppies/kittens. Please let us know if your pet may need these additional services or see your regular, full service veterinary clinic in order to provide the safest care for their spay or neuter surgery.

  • Cats above 4 mos. of age should have no food the night before surgery past midnight.  Kittens under 4 mos. of age can have up to 1/2 their normal portion of their regular food up to 5:00 AM the morning of surgery.  Dogs above 4 mos. of age can be given up to 1/4 their normal portion and puppies under 4 mos. of age given 1/2 a normal portion of their regular food until 5:00 AM the morning of surgery.  All animals should be provided water the morning of surgery.

  • If you are late for the drop off time, we will not be able to admit your pet for surgery - we will ask you to reschedule. 

  • Check in with the front desk when you arrive. Admission typically takes 20-40 minutes to complete. Intake is done in groups to be the most efficient and reduce cost to you.

  • We require that you abide by MS state law and have a current rabies vaccination for your pet. If your pet does not have a rabies vaccine, we will administer it at the time of surgery for a charge of $10.  If your pet does have a rabies vaccine, please bring proof in the form of a rabies certificate or current vaccination record from your veterinarian.

  • All dogs must be on a leash, and all cats must be in a carrier.  If you do not have a carrier for your cat, you can purchase a carrier at our clinic for $10.  It is important that your cat is in a secure carrier BEFORE entering the clinic.

  • If you are bringing more than one cat, they must be in separate carriers.

  • Please refrain from bringing pet's personal items, such as bedding and toys, on their day of surgery.  Due to the high volume of pets seen at our clinic each day, we cannot guarantee the return of these items.

  •  Discharge may take approximately 20 minutes.  Post-op instructions will be given verbally and you will receive a hard copy at the scheduled discharge time.

  • There is a $25 late fee if you are more than 30 minutes late to pick up your pet.

  • We do not board pets. Any animals that are left overnight will be charged a $25 late fee.

  • Pets must be a minimum of 2 months of age and no older than 7 years of age to be eligible for surgery.  Our clinic is designed to accept healthy animals for spay and neuter surgeries. If your pet has underlying health problems, the surgery should be performed at a full service vet clinic or be evaluated by our wellness team prior to surgery.  If your pet has not been feeling well, it is best to reschedule the surgery for a later date.

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