Public Spay and Neuter Surgeries
The purpose of our Clinic is to encourage everyone, regardless of income, to properly care for their pets. We offer low-cost spay and neuter, affordable vaccinations and preventive health care services. Our Preventive Health Care Clinic services are by appointment only.
(Prices are subject to change at any time.)
When: Tuesdays & Thursdays, by appointment only
Upcoming Clinic Changes Starting in November:
- Drive Up Wellness Clinic will be held on: Mondays & Fridays
- Public spay/neuter surgeries on: Wednesdays & Thursdays
Two Ways to Request an Appointment:
- Call 941-474-7884 ext 404
- Or complete our online request form below and someone will call you to finish setting up your appointment.
Pre-Spay/Neuter Surgery Instructions
Cat Must Be In Carrier
Dog Must Be On A Leash
No food after 9 PM the day prior to surgery and no water after midnight. Nothing on the morning of surgery.
We accept Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express.
Drop off time: will be assigned at the time your appointment is scheduled, drop offs are staggered
Pick up time: will be assigned at the time of drop off, also staggered
Please call 941-474-7884, 24 hours in advance if you are unable to keep the appointment.
THERE WILL BE A $25.00 RESCHEDULING FEE FOR SCHEDULED APPOINTMENT NO SHOWS.
After Surgery Instructions
Your dog or cat has undergone general anesthesia and surgical sterilization (complete removal of ovaries and uterus or testicles). For the safety and wellbeing of you and your animal, we recommend that the following post-operative instructions be carefully followed:
- FOOD & WATER: It is recommended you NOT give your pet food and/or water until later this evening. Offer a small amount of their normal food and plenty of fresh water. Tomorrow they can return to their normal diet and schedule.
- VOMITING: Vomiting or lack of appetite is not unusual within the first 12-24 hours after surgery. If vomiting occurs, take away food for a couple of hours and you may offer small amounts of water or ice chips. If vomiting continues past 24 hours, recheck with us.
- ACTIVITY: Your pet’s activity level should be kept to a minimum for 7 – 10 days after surgery. Leash walks only. Dogs may go outside on a leash to urinate or defecate, then go right back inside. No free roaming, running or jumping. Your pet should not play rough with children or other pets during recuperation. Activity may cause the incision to open. No bathing/swimming/or grooming your pet for seven (7) days. *Male dogs and male cats can remain fertile for 3-4 weeks after surgery. Keep them confined.
- INCISION: Please discourage your pet from licking or chewing at the incision. An E-collar is recommended to prevent this. It is normal for the incision to become slightly swollen and bruising may occur. One can be obtained here or from the pet store. Check daily for excessive redness, swelling, any discharge or gaping. If noted, recheck with us. We advise using shredded newspaper instead of litter in your cat’s litter box for 7 days after surgery to prevent dust particles from irritating the incision. Do not clean or apply anything to the incision. All sutures used will dissolve on their own. No removal needed.
Post-op pain medication has been given to your pet. Please refrain from giving any additional pain meds unless instructed to do so by a veterinarian.
If you have any questions about your animal’s condition after surgery, please call the Suncoast Humane Society at 941-474-7884.
For life-threatening emergencies requiring immediate attention or after normal business hours, please call the Veterinary Emergency Clinic of Port Charlotte at 941-255-5222 or Veterinary Emergency Clinic of Sarasota at 941-923-7260. Although we will assist in any way possible, we are a low cost spay/neuter clinic and NOT a veterinary clinic. It is the financial responsibility of the owner for any medical needs performed elsewhere.
Myths and Facts About Spaying and Neutering
Myth: It is better to have one litter before spaying a female pet.
Fact: Medical evidence indicates just the opposite. In fact, the evidence shows that females spayed before their first heat cycle are typically healthier. Dogs and cats can be spayed and neutered as young as eight weeks of age.
Myth: I want my children to experience the miracle of birth.
Fact: The miracle of birth is quickly overshadowed by the millions of animals euthanized in animal shelters in communities all across the country. Teach children that all life is precious by spaying and neutering your pets.
Myth: But my pet is a purebred.
Fact: So is at least one out of every four pets brought to animal shelters. There are just too many dogs and cats, mixed breed and purebred.
Myth: My pet will get fat and lazy.
Fact: The truth is that most pets become overweight because their owners feed them too much and exercise them too little.
Myth: But my pet is so special, I want a puppy or kitten just like her.
Fact: Your pet’s puppies or kittens have an unlikely chance of being a carbon copy of your pet. There are shelter pets in need of homes who are just as cute, smart, sweet and loving.
Myth: I’ll find good homes for all the puppies and kittens
Fact: You may, and hopefully they will be permanent homes where they will be spayed or neutered. It is important to note that pet overpopulation is caused because puppies and kittens are born at a faster rate than humans. For many, homes just do not exist. Breeding indiscriminately feeds the problem.
Make an appointment for your pet today!
Generous grants awarded by Gulf Coast Community Foundation and Charlotte Community Foundation allowed our dream of operating a Preventive Health Care Clinic to become a reality.