Q&A

Welcome to our Questions & Answers page. We hope you find the information you need.
Please call us at 231-366-7067 if you want more information.

What is the difference between West Michigan Spay and Neuter Clinic and a traditional veterinary practice?

WMSNC is a registered non-profit corporation. Members of the community can donate to the clinic to help to keep our fees as low as possible. We only do spay and neuter surgeries, and the medical staff are at the clinic only when surgeries are taking place. As an option, we provide the public with a reduced price rabies immunization and/or a reduced price microchip at the time of your pet’s surgery.

What is the purpose for having a non-profit spay and neuter clinic in our community?

Our purpose is to significantly reduce the number of unwanted pets in our community by preventing their birth. We want to eliminate the need for cats and dogs in our area to be euthanized because they don’t have a home.

Clinic Photo     How do I call the clinic to find out about its services or to make an appointment for my pet?

Call the clinic in Fruitport at (231) 366-7067. Leave a brief message with your name and phone number, and a clinic assistant will return your call. She will answer any questions you may have about our services and make an appointment for your pet.

Do I have to provide some sort of proof that I need reduced price services?

No, you do not.

How old does my cat or dog have to be before I can have it spayed or neutered?

A cat or dog has to weigh a healthy 2 pounds, and must be at least 2 months old.

Clinic Photo Does WMSNC do spay and neuter surgeries on stray and feral cats?

Yes, we do. Our staff is experienced at handling feral and stray cats. The cats must arrive in a live trap. Please call us and ask to speak to our feral cat coordinator before bringing us a cat you have trapped. For more information about our feral cat program, please go to the information on feral cats in the “Our Work” section on our website, or click here.

How much do you charge for your services?

We charge $90 for dogs, male or female, and $50 for cats, male or female. A one-year rabies shot is $15.00, and a microchip will be $15.00. Cash and credit cards are accepted as payment, but we cannot accept checks.

Clinic PhotoWhen do I have to bring my pet to the clinic to have it spayed or neutered?

Dogs and cats need to be brought to the clinic between 8:00 AM and 8:30 AM. When you arrive at the clinic, leave your pet in the car and come into the clinic to sign the needed paperwork and pay for your pet’s surgery. Then you will go back to your car to wait with your pet until someone lets you know that it is your turn to come in. You can plan on this process taking fifteen to twenty minutes. Cats need to be in a carrier, and dogs need to be on a leash, wearing a snug collar.

Are there any special instructions I need to know about before I bring my pet in for surgery?

Yes. Your pet should not have anything to eat after midnight the night before surgery. Water is fine, even the morning of surgery. The exception to this rule is puppies and kittens six months and under. They may have a small breakfast before 7 AM the day of the surgery.

When can I pick up my pet?

Dogs go home the same day of surgery at 5:00 pm.  Cats spend the night at the clinic and go home at 7:30 AM or 8:30 AM the morning after surgery, depending on the day they are scheduled.  We ask that you arrive 5 minutes before these release times so we can hand out your pet’s post-op papers and begin “After-Care” instructions promptly at the above times.

How do I know that my pet is being well cared for? C-SNIP logo

The West Michigan Spay and Neuter Clinic operates in a medical partnership with C-SNIP of Grand Rapids, a well-known non-profit spay and neuter clinic with a reputation for excellence in surgical care. Our veterinarians and vet techs are fully licensed, and are provided to us by C-SNIP. We adhere to the highest medical standards for veterinary care. Your pet will be provided with inject-able anesthesia in pre-op, and gas anesthesia during surgery. Your pet will also be injected with two medications after surgery. One is an anti-inflammatory medication to promote healing, and the other is pain medication that lasts for about twenty-four hours.

Clinic PhotoHow will I know how to care for my pet at home after the surgery?

You will be provided with after-care instructions verbally when you pick up your pet. You will also be given after-care instruction paperwork at the time when you pick up your pet. We will provide you with a phone number to call if you have post-operative concerns.

To view the after-care instructions, please go to the “Learn More” section of our website, or click here.

 

 


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