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Old 06-15-2009, 06:29 AM
 
Location: Charlotte, NC
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Has anyone used the Spay/Neuter Clinic run by Animal Control here? I am with Rhodesian Ridgeback Rescue, and I just got in a new rescue female who needs to be spayed. I'm looking for a low-cost option (as a non-profit organization, each dollar has to be stretched pretty far!) but I obviously don't want money to be the only criteria.

I've called around to several vet clinics but the prices are pretty high, like in the high $300s. Ridgebacks are large dogs, which might explain the high costs. But I noticed that the spay/neuter clinic run by Animal Control only charges $50. Is this too good to be true? Has anyone used them before?

Thanks so much for any feedback -- this girl will hopefully find a new forever home soon! She deserves it after what she's been through.
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Old 06-15-2009, 06:43 AM
 
Location: Charlotte, NC
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Hi there, ECM08.

I am a volunteer with Charlotte-Mecklenburg Animal Care and Control.

Our spay/neuter program is funded entirely by private donations and grant money, so the costs involved to run this program do not come from city/county operating funds. As you can imagine, with the state of the economy donations for this vital service are down. The shelter is currently accepting applications for surgery for male cats, female cats, and then male dogs. Surgeries for female dogs are currently lower down in the queue.

I believe that surgeries are performed by veterinarians in the community who donate their time and expertise to this program (please contact the shelter to confirm this). The shelter also has a highly trained veterinary staff that monitors the condition of each animal after the surgery.

For more information about this program, please visit our Web site: Spay Neuter Services (http://www.charmeck.org/Departments/Animal+Control/Spay+Neuter+Services.htm - broken link)

Please also contact the Charlotte Humane Society to learn about their program. Here's a link to their information: Humane Society of Charlotte - Spay/neuter

Bless you for the work you are doing for Ridgeback Rescue, and I hope this information is helpful.


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Has anyone used the Spay/Neuter Clinic run by Animal Control here? I am with Rhodesian Ridgeback Rescue, and I just got in a new rescue female who needs to be spayed. I'm looking for a low-cost option (as a non-profit organization, each dollar has to be stretched pretty far!) but I obviously don't want money to be the only criteria.

I've called around to several vet clinics but the prices are pretty high, like in the high $300s. Ridgebacks are large dogs, which might explain the high costs. But I noticed that the spay/neuter clinic run by Animal Control only charges $50. Is this too good to be true? Has anyone used them before?

Thanks so much for any feedback -- this girl will hopefully find a new forever home soon! She deserves it after what she's been through.
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Old 06-15-2009, 09:34 AM
 
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We used the clinic for our dane puppy and 3 yr. old dachshund. I too was very hesitant and worried that the cost would = poor surgery, in/ out w/o good care, etc. Our dogs did really well. There were no complications with either of them. We had gotten the same $300 quote for just our dachshund from our vet.
The only thing we found was that the pain meds for after the surgery made our dane not feel much pain which meant she was back to "normal" too quickly. We had to lay off of some of the meds just so she wouldn't be so energetic and pain free.
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Old 06-15-2009, 10:23 AM
 
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i recently inquired about a neuter at the humane society , it would be late august early september before they had an opening.
to me that is the only negative , the long wait , escpecially if you have a foster waiting to be adopted.
my vet did a neuter , including extras , for right at $200.
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Old 06-15-2009, 05:15 PM
 
Location: Charlotte, NC
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I used the s/n clinic about 6 years ago and again about 2 years ago. My two female dogs did not have any problems. But you do have to sign up and pay in advance. I would do it again. You are just a number there, not a "client" or "patient", but everyone there was pleasant. I had to wait about 30 minutes inline the morning of drop off.
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Old 06-15-2009, 05:41 PM
 
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Has anyone used the Spay/Neuter Clinic run by Animal Control here? I am with Rhodesian Ridgeback Rescue, and I just got in a new rescue female who needs to be spayed. I'm looking for a low-cost option (as a non-profit organization, each dollar has to be stretched pretty far!) but I obviously don't want money to be the only criteria.

I've called around to several vet clinics but the prices are pretty high, like in the high $300s. Ridgebacks are large dogs, which might explain the high costs. But I noticed that the spay/neuter clinic run by Animal Control only charges $50. Is this too good to be true? Has anyone used them before?

Thanks so much for any feedback -- this girl will hopefully find a new forever home soon! She deserves it after what she's been through.
I'm a big fan of the Spay/Neuter Clinic

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Old 06-15-2009, 08:21 PM
 
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I had my cat spayed at the humane society (ie "Chop Shop" as me and my wife call it ). Dropped her off in the morning and picked her up in the afternoon.

$50.....private vet would be triple that at least I believe...

Only negative was i had to wait 2 months for a spot to open up.

This was over the summer last year....no complaints...

FWIW....
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Old 06-16-2009, 07:17 AM
 
Location: Charlotte, NC
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Thanks so much for all your recommendations! Apparently AC is not taking female dogs at the moment, and there is a long wait at the Humane Society. However, I've received a few good tips that I will investigate for private vets who charge between $100-$200. That's much more reasonable!

The sooner we can get this girl spayed, the sooner she can find her forever home.
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Old 06-16-2009, 10:34 AM
 
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I will never ever EVER take my animal to the spay/neuter clinic...when it sounds too good to be true, it's b/c it usually is

Tuesday, June 2nd..take kitty in...pick kitty up...kitty's stitches don't look too neat..but I keep an eye on them..her area around the stitches is swollen ..unusually swollen..but wait another day to keep an eye on it..she doesn't seem in any pain

Friday morning I go to check on her...she's still sleeping/hiding in the closet and she's not back to her normal self yet..find her...her bladder and part of her intestines are hanging out of her belly...yes..I freak the f*ck out..rush her to the vet...throw down $400 for the regular, good vets to fix her...

turns out..the idiots that opened her up the first time, didn't close her back correctly..so the first layer of skin busted..hence the extreme swelling..until eventually it was all starting to come out. She did not open up the stitch area herself...trust me...i didn't keep that collar on her after the regular vet and she was fine..stitches healed perfectly

I'm still angry (obviously) about this. I trusted these people with my cat!! My little girl!! and then I have to find her with her insides coming out?? screw those people.... I have had cats all my life..I have 4 at home actually..the other 3 were fixed by regular vets..We just didn't have the money this time around
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Old 06-16-2009, 10:45 AM
 
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I will never ever EVER take my animal to the spay/neuter clinic...when it sounds too good to be true, it's b/c it usually is

Tuesday, June 2nd..take kitty in...pick kitty up...kitty's stitches don't look too neat..but I keep an eye on them..her area around the stitches is swollen ..unusually swollen..but wait another day to keep an eye on it..she doesn't seem in any pain

Friday morning I go to check on her...she's still sleeping/hiding in the closet and she's not back to her normal self yet..find her...her bladder and part of her intestines are hanging out of her belly...yes..I freak the f*ck out..rush her to the vet...throw down $400 for the regular, good vets to fix her...

turns out..the idiots that opened her up the first time, didn't close her back correctly..so the first layer of skin busted..hence the extreme swelling..until eventually it was all starting to come out. She did not open up the stitch area herself...trust me...i didn't keep that collar on her after the regular vet and she was fine..stitches healed perfectly

I'm still angry (obviously) about this. I trusted these people with my cat!! My little girl!! and then I have to find her with her insides coming out?? screw those people.... I have had cats all my life..I have 4 at home actually..the other 3 were fixed by regular vets..We just didn't have the money this time around
I think you were very unlucky because I have only heard good things about them. We had feral cats at our office and it seemed like every week there were more kittens so we gathered (actually trapped them) and managed to get them spayed and neutered (they clipped each ear to mark them). They were all well and we still see them coming around our office to be fed. I am sorry for your kitty but I do think it's unusual for that to happen.
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