This is "Chunk," he was helped with low cost spay and neuter services!!
Veterinary care is expensive, but there are services available to aid those in need of basic veterinary services like spaying or neutering your dog. Spaying and neutering is always important, but with pit bull type dogs, it is especially important because of the high number of these dogs that are unwanted or abandoned, and sadly, are euthanized at county kill shelters. (For more information about pit bulls and shelters, please see http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/20299173/ns/health-pet_health/t/nc-shelter-must-care-dogfighting-pit-bulls/ for an article about a NC shelter’s struggle with the dilemma of caring for 15 pit bulls seized from a dog fighting ring when they were at capacity.) There are a number of organizations that provide aid to people who need low or reduced cost medical care, and I hope this helps in the effort to find affordable care! THE SPCA OF WAKE COUNTY (if you live in another county, just go to your local SPCA’s website) The SPCA offers two options, the Saving Lives Spay and Neuter Animal Clinic and the purchasable Spay and Neuter Voucher, both of which you can read about at http://www.spcawake.org/site/PageServer?pagename=We_believe The goal of the Saving Lives Spay and Neuter Animal Clinic is “to reduce the number of unwanted animals killed each year by spaying and neutering -- or “fixing” -- thousands of pets at a low cost (between $50-$65) to the public.” Surgery costs are as follows: MALE DOG $50 FEMALE DOG $65 The SPCA of Wake County states that lower fees are available to people on public assistance, call for details. Basic vaccines and disease testing are available for a small additional fee at the time of surgery. Licensed veterinarians will perform all spay/neuter surgeries. Spay/neuter surgery follow-up appointments must be done at the clients’ primary care veterinarian. To make an appointment for a pet call919-772-0211from 1-5 PM Monday-Thursday (they do warn that due to the high number of people interested in the clinic, they may not be able to pick up right away, but they say to keep calling back.) The clinic is located at 300 Petfinder Lane in Raleigh, NC next to the SPCA Pet Adoption Center. The SPCA also has a program that allows you to purchase a spay/neuter discount voucher to redeem at a participating veterinary clinic. I personally have used this one and I would recommend it to anyone. The SPCA works with a group of dedicated local veterinarians to provide lower cost spay/neuter surgery to pet owners who might not be able to afford the one-time cost of spay/neuter surgery (defined for this purpose as household incomes under $50,000). Redeemable at the veterinary clinics (listed below), this voucher provides a discount on the surgery fee. The voucher provides a discount on the surgical fees only, meaning that it does not include a pre-anesthetic (an optional blood test that is routinely done to be sure that liver and kidney functions are adequate to undergo surgery safely and to check for any congenital defects that could increase the risk of complications while under anesthesia.) The typical cost of this optional but recommended test is around $50. The other aspect that is not covered under the voucher is pain medication, which typically runs anywhere from $10 to $20, and I HIGHLY recommend paying the extra fee for the pain medication because this is a major surgery, and the pain medication makes your dog much more comfortable. Also, you MUST call your vet and ask what vaccines your dog needs to be current on to be treated, this varies from vet to vet. This is to reduce the risk of your dog and other dogs at your vet getting sick. Common vaccine requirements are Bordetella (around $25-I cannot guarantee that theses will be the prices at your vet, but this is pricing info from a Raleigh Vet that accepts the discount vouchers that I hope provides a general idea. Prices may vary radically from veterinarian to veterinarian. There is nothing wrong with price shopping for these medical services. Call around to find the best fit for your finances), Rabies (around $30), and Distemper (around $60- I have heard that some vets do not require the Distemper vaccine). If these prices are too much for you, I recommend you try the SPCA clinic that was previously mentioned. One advantage of the voucher option will allow you to get your animal taken care of faster and you will also have established a relationship with a vet who cares a lot about dogs (Vets make next to nothing when they accept a voucher, so you have a keeper when you find a vet you like who accepts a voucher). The Discount Voucher can be purchased at http://www.spcawake.org/site/PageServer?pagename=Spay_Neuter_mainpage and you can print it out to be redeemed as soon as you pay for the voucher online. The voucher costs are as follows: Male Dog: $57.00 Female Dog: $76.00 Please note that if a household income exceeds $50,000, you may still receive a 20% discount off surgery. Donate $10 to the SPCA and receive a coupon good for 20% off the standard spay/neuter price at any participating veterinary practice. Local participating vets are as follows: Animal Kingdom Veterinary Hospital 329-G N. Harrison Avenue Cary, NC 27513 (919) 460-9111 Ansede Animal Hospital 3535 S. Wilmington Street Suite 107 Raleigh, NC 27603(919) 661-1515 Care First Animal Hospital at Falls Pointe 9500-120 Falls of Neuse Road Raleigh, NC 27615 (919) 841-4211 Care First Animal Hospital at Glenwood 5725 Glenwood Avenue Raleigh, NC 27612(919) 783-7387 Care First Animal Hospital at Grace Park 11010 Lake Grove Blvd, Suite 104 Morrisville, NC 27560 Ph919-462-1212 Care First Animal Hospital at Oberlin 1216 Oberlin Road Raleigh, NC 27608(919) 832-3107 Carolina Crossing Veterinary Clinic 11760 NC 210 Suite 110 Benson, NC 27504 919-934-7729 Greystone Animal Hospital 7713-7 Lead Mine Rd. Raleigh, NC 27615 (919) 676-1711 Hilltop Animal Hospital 3425 N. Main Street Fuquay-Varina, NC 27526 (919) 552-5232www.hilltopanimalhosp.com Lake Wheeler Veterinary Hospital 2720 Lake Wheeler Road Raleigh, NC 27603(919) 829-5511 Magnolia Animal Hospital 4200 Capital Boulevard Raleigh, NC 27604 (919) 873-9190 Oak Grove Animal Hospital 3801 Wake Forest Highway, Suite 109 Durham, NC 27703(919) 598-0001 Pet Overpopulation Patrol Garner, Durham, Chapel Hill, Pittsboro, Roxboro (919) 942-2250http://www.pop-nc.com/ PetSound Animal Hospital 305-C Ashville Avenue Cary, NC 27518 (919) 851-4114 The Purr and Bark VMD Mobile Vet Practice Raleigh (919) 676-9293 Reedy Creek Animal Clinic 916 NE Maynard Cary, NC 27513 (919) 467-7848 Six Forks Animal Hospital 7130 Six Forks Rd. Raleigh, NC 27615 (919) 847-5854 Spay-Neuter Assistance Program of NC Mobile Spay/Neuter Unit(919) 783-7627 Tyson Animal Hospital 5415 NC Hwy 55 Durham, NC 27713 (919) 544-8297 SNAP NC (SPAY AND NEUTER ASSISTANCE PROGRAM NORTH CAROLINA) For details/more information please see:http://www.snap-nc.org/Services.asp This program comes recommended from a vet I personally work with. I think this program is a great way to get a broader range of veterinary care. To schedule an appointment, please call919-783-7627. All services are by appointment only. SNAP offers the following services at the indicated prices: Dog Spay/Neuter - Includes Rabies, Distemper/Parvo vaccine & pain injection 8 to 59 lbs: $100 60 lbs and Up: $125 Heat/Pregnancy Dogs Additional: $30-45 Pain medicine to go home: Dogs: $5 Additional services Available to patient being spayed or neutered: (These are amazing prices, but you should still find a permanent vet to provide continued care and vaccinations for your dog) Microchip for permanent pet identification: $25 (lifetime registration, even if you move!) Heartworm testing for dogs $20 Heartworm prevention with proof of negative HW test $35 (6-dose box) Frontline Application $15 Vaccines available without surgery (Patient must be previously spayed/neutered and another patient in household must be spayed/neutered by SNAP on same day): Rabies vaccine for cats and dogs $10 Distemper vaccine (DHPP) for dogs $10 Services available without surgery: Microchip implant for permanent pet identification $30 (This one I really recommend. Because every shelter and most vets will scan lost animals they receive for a microchip, this increases the likelihood you and your dog will be reunited greatly!) THE $20 FIX ASSISTANCE PROGRAM PROVIDED BY ANIMAL KIND For details/additional information, go to: http://www.animalkind.org/fix.html The $20 FIX provides spay and neuter services for $20 once you apply for and receive a voucher. The vouchers are given on the basis of household income. Once you receive a voucher, you must make an appointment with a participating vet. A friend told me that after receiving her voucher, she brought in her cat that had no vaccines and was still seen, but I have not worked with this organization personally yet, so I cannot guarantee that they require no vaccination history. This service is available if you live in Wake, Durham, Orange, Person or Caswell County in North Carolina, and either your total household income falls within those listed in our new application (a copy of your tax return is required) –or- you participate in Medicaid or Food Stamps (a copy of your card is required). To apply for a voucher, please complete an application which can be downloaded at the website given above and mail it to AnimalKind at: AnimalKind / THE FIX P.O. Box 12568 Raleigh, NC 27605 If you need help completing the form, call AnimalKind at (919) 870-1660. Or, send an e-mail to:email@example.com. If your income qualifies, you will receive a voucher (usually within three weeks after we receive your application) and a list of the veterinary locations where it can be used. Your co-pay amount (cost to you) is $20 for a cat or dog. This must be paid in cash to the veterinarian when you drop off your pet. If you cannot afford a co-pay, please explain this in your application. I know that Falls Village Veterinary Hospital located at 7005 Harps Mill Road Raleigh, NC 27615 Phone:(919) 847-0141has participated with this program in the past. You must use the voucher within three months of the issue date, or apply again. Don't wait to call, some locations have waiting lists. There are instructions on the website for preparing your pet for surgery, but I assume that your vet will inform you of these details as well. Animal Kind also offers a contact SpayNC Helpline you can call 1-888-623-4936 or emailSpayNCHelpline@animalkind.org(available Monday-Friday 9-5) to locate reduced-cost pet spay/neuter resources in your area of North Carolina. The organization states that “AnimalKind recommends that you establish an ongoing relationship with a full-service veterinarian for all of your pet's needs. But, if you have a pet and are unable to afford the cost of pet spay/neuter at regular prices, please call the toll free SpayNC Helpline and ask for help preventing accidental pet litters.” If you have personal experience with this organization, please email me firstname.lastname@example.org; I would like to hear what you have to say about this organization, as I have not personally worked with them. I hope this has helped with any questions you may have about low/ reduced cost veterinary care. If you want to talk further with me about anything you have read, please feel free to e-mail me at the e-mail address given above!