Frequently Asked Questions

cat sleeping1. What services are offered at the Spay/Neuter Clinic?

We provide veterinarian-performed spay and neuter surgeries for healthy dogs and cats 3 months and over. Our surgery fee includes post-op pain medication. Additional services include legally required rabies vaccinations, canine and feline vaccinations, heartworm and leukemia testing, microchips, deworming, flea treatments and nail trims – these are only available at the time of surgery. We recommend that animals over 7 years of age schedule an appointment with us for pre-op bloodwork several days before surgery. Animals who are sick – sneezing, diarrhea, vomiting, etc., are not safe candidates for surgery and should see their regular veterinarian to resolve those issues before scheduling surgery.

2. Does The Spay Neuter Clinic work with feral and community cats?

Yes, we have spayed, neutered and vaccinated thousands of feral and community cats. We offer a reduced cost Feral Package which includes spay or neuter surgery, rabies and FVRCP vaccinations, some parasite control, ear cleaning and an ear tip, to encourage and assist caretakers with their care. For the safety of our staff and the cats, all feral cats must come to the clinic in traps or transfer cages. All cats receiving feral packages must come in traps/transfer cages and receive an ear tip. An ear tip is an internationally recognized symbol and helps to protect the cat by allowing observers to identify from a distance that this cat has been vaccinated and spayed/neutered. Click here for more information on how The Spay Neuter Clinic supports TNR (trap-neuter-return) programs.

3. Why are the Spay Neuter Clinic’s fees lower than other veterinary clinics?

The Spay Neuter Clinic is a non-profit clinic and we only provide spay neuter surgeries (and some wellness services the day of surgery.) We do not provide care for sick or injured animals, so we do not need to have on hand the many medications and diagnostic tools a full-service clinic needs. This non-profit and focused approach allows us to provide high quality spay neuter surgeries for less. If we feel an animal has special needs that we cannot meet, we will refer that pet to a full service clinic. Your pets’ safety is our first priority. Financial assistance may be available if needed – please ask us about this.

4. Can anyone use the Spay Neuter Clinic, and do I need to make an appointment?

Yes, our services are open to all. And yes, you do need an appointment for surgery. You can get more information and schedule an appointment by calling us at 804-694-0349 or emailing us at arfvirginia@gmail.com.

5. What do I need to do for my pet before and after surgery?

Instructions for before and after surgery can be found on our Spay Neuter Services Page.