Friday, July 8, 2011

Low Cost Spay/Neuter Services

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
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
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:
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 call 919-772-0211 from 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
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

Animal Kingdom Veterinary Hospital
329-G N. Harrison Avenue
Cary, NC
(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
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
Morrisville, NC  27560
Ph 919-462-1212
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
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
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,
(919) 942-2250
PetSound Animal Hospital
305-C Ashville Avenue
Cary, NC 27518
(919) 851-4114
The Purr and Bark VMD
Mobile Vet Practice
(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

For details/more information please see:
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
To schedule an appointment, please call 919-783-7627.  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!)

For details/additional information, go to:
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
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:
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) 847-0141 has 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
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 email
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 at; 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!

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