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  Answers to some of the most frequently asked questions.
   
 

When you review the questions below and are unable to get the answer you require, please feel free to contact us to let us know how we may serve you.

 

  Q: Who is Spay Ohio?

A: Spay Ohio is a program of Pet Alliance, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based in the Cincinnati, Ohio area. www.PetAlliance.org

  Q: What does Spay Ohio do? A: Spay Ohio offers a FREE referral service for low cost spay/neuter services in the caller’s area (in and around the state of Ohio). We offer a toll free hotline: 1-877-644-OHIO (6446) which has a representative answering caller’s questions between 4:00 pm and 8:00 pm EST each day. Voice Mails are returned the next day. We offer an online search for visitor’s to locate public low cost spay/neuter resources. If none can be found, email or the hotline can be utilized.
  Q: What type of resources can you offer?

A: There are 4 main types of Low Cost Spay/Neuter Resources Available: 1) Stationary High Volume, Low Cost Spay/Neuter Clinics 2) Mobile High Volume, Low Cost spay/Neuter Clinics 3) Voucher Programs 4) Participating Private Vet Offices In addition to Low Cost Spay/Neuter Resources, our knowledgeable representatives may be able to connect the caller to other forms of assistance.

  Q: How much will the spay/neuter surgery cost?

A: Costs will vary based on location, availability of grant monies to subsidize low income callers and voucher programs. The larger cities tend to have more low cost spay/neuter options. Although there are exceptions in more rural areas which charge close to retail value, many communities have similar ranges:

Cat Low Cost Spay/Neuter Prices Range From FREE to $50.00 Average: $35.00

Dog Low Cost Spay/Neuter Prices Vary Usually Based on Gender or Size: Dog Ranges $40.00 to $80.00 Puppies Lower Cost, Females Higher Cost

  Q: How old does my pet need to be for the spay/neuter surgery?

A: All animals must be at least 8 weeks old and weigh at least 2 pounds before being spayed or neutered. Babies as young as 4 months of age can become pregnant and within 2 months have babies of their own. Pediatric Spay/Neuter IS THE ANSWER to Unwanted Litters. Just as human children recuperate so much faster than adults after surgery, kittens and puppies recuperate very quickly after their spay/neuter where the adult cats and dogs may take days to get back to their pre-surgery activities.

  Q: Are Low Cost Spay/Neuter Clinics Safe?

A: YES, the High Volume, Low Cost Spay/Neuter Clinics all have state certified veterinarians performing surgeries. As repetition in any field, makes people experts in their field, a veterinarian in a High Volume, Low Cost Spay/Neuter Clinic can perform THOUSANDs of spay/neuters compared to your neighborhood veterinarian who does a small percentage of spay/neuters AND all the other vet services that hollister giù gilet are offered in your neighborhood vet’s office. The stationary and mobile spay/neuter clinics have chosen to specialize in spay/neuter because they have a passion to Make a Difference in the Homeless Animal Plight in our Nation where MILLIONS of Homeless Animals are Killed each year because the shelters are overrun with unwanted/homeless animals and not enough homes or cages to house the volume of animals. Because they are not the full service vet office, they have minimized their overhead costs in equipment and make up the reduced price shortfall by the volume of animals they can spay/neuter each day. They can charge a lower fee because they have lower overhead because of the limited services they offer AND the volume makes up for the lower price they charge for spay/neuter.

  Q: If I use a mobile spay/neuter clinic, what do I do if my cat/dog has problems after I get them home?

A: Although each Mobile Spay/Neuter Clinic has their own post surgical protocol in place. Every Mobile Spay/Neuter Clinic gives each Guardian/Caretaker post surgical instructions. Many have a direct hotline to the vet that performed the surgery to discuss ANY concerns after the surgery. Most Communities have an Emergency Veterinarian Office opened or available 24/7 if the animal needs to be examined or treated after the clinic.

  Q: Will neutering my male cat stop him from spraying?

A: Most Male Cats will stop spraying as the spraying is used to mark the intact male’s territory to keep other male cats away. Even if the neutered cat is the exception and was to continue his spraying “habit”, the odor of the sprayed urine is dramatically less offensive than an intact male’s sprayed urine.

  Q: I may need help in trapping the stray cat(s) or may not be able to drive the animal to the spay/neuter clinic, can Spay Ohio help me find someone to help?

A: Depending on your location in the state of Ohio, many times there will be a local Humane Society or Rescue Organization that may have volunteers willing to lend a hand. Spay Ohio may be able to connect you with such an organization nearby.

  Q: I want to get my cat declawed and also spay/neuter surgery, can you help me?

A: Spay Ohio and Pet Alliance do not support the choice to declaw cats as declawing is amputation of part of the cat’s toes, not simply pulling a claw out www.declawing.com . Most Spay/Neuter Clinics do not offer declawing as a service. A Neighborhood Vet’s Office would be your only resource for declawing. There are non-surgical solutions as simple as providing the cat it’s own scratching post and/or trimming the claws periodically that prevent many of the undesired issues of claws. If your household MUST have a declawed cat, adopt a homeless cat that has already been declawed.

  Q: How long after my female cat/dog has had puppies/kittens can I get her spayed?

A: Each Spay/Neuter Clinic will have their guidelines of when a lactating mother cat or dog can be spayed. Refer to the preferred Clinic’s website or literature for their policy. Many vet’s recommend to wait until the mother has weaned her babies and her milk has dried up (a few weeks after weaning).

  Q: Where can I find spaying/neutering for my rabbit or guinea pig?

A: Although many Spay/Neuter Clinics do offer Spay/Neuter for other mammals other than cats and dogs, availability is limited in many areas of Ohio. The Spay Ohio Representative may need to research your area to determine if a low cost spay/neuter option is available for a rabbit or guinea pig.

  Q: If my area does not have a low cost Spay/Neuter resource, what do I do?

A: Your Spay Ohio Representative will work diligently to locate a low cost Spay/Neuter resource for you. Our goal is to make sure cost is NOT the reason cats and dogs are remaining unaltered as it has been proven that aggressive Spay/Neuter of cats and dogs does reduce the euthanasia rates in a community.

  Q: Do other states have similar referral programs for locating low cost spay/neuter resources?

A: Yes, go to www.SpayUSA.org to locate other state referral programs for low cost Spay/Neuter options.

 

Q: How can I help?

A: YOU are our local eyes and ears for your community. Spay Ohio needs your help in finding more local low cost spay/neuter resources for the public to access. We rely heavily on volunteers as we are a nonprofit.

  • Ask your local Rescue Organizations if their low cost Spay/Neuter resources are reported by Spay Ohio and report any known programs that are missing from the Spay Ohio to contact@spayohio.org

  • Call your local neighborhood vet office and ask if they would be interested in supporting Spay Ohio’s efforts to provide low cost Spay/Neuter resources in certain situations. Spay Ohio has some private veterinarians that accept a reduced (lower cost) Spay/Neuter voucher from Spay Ohio. Prices vary based on the individual vet’s agreement of the reduced amount for payment. Forward the contact information for any neighborhood Veterinarian’s office that would be interested in learning more about Spay Ohio’s program and how their office can help reduce euthanasia in their community to contact@spayohio.org

  • There are Mobile Spay/Neuter Clinics that could visit your community to provide another low cost Spay/Neuter resource. If your community does not have enough Spay/Neuter resources, ask your local rescues to host a mobile spay/neuter clinic or you, as an individual, can volunteer to bring the Mobile Spay/Neuter Clinic to your community to help reduce the overpopulation of cats and dogs. Contact Spay Ohio at contact@spayohio.org if you would be interested in making a difference with Spay/Neuter.