Why should I spay/neuter my dog? By spaying or neutering your pet, you’ll help control the pet homelessness crisis, which results in millions of healthy dogs and cats being euthanized in the United States each year simply because there aren’t enough homes to go around. There are also medical and behavioral benefits to spaying (female pets) and neutering (male pets) your animals. Sterilization of dogs also may increase their lifespan by 1-3 years, as it greatly reduces the risk of cancer and also curbs their urge to roam. Roaming can lead to a short, harsh life on the streets, or…you guessed it…landing in an animal shelter and facing euthanasia. As a No Kill shelter, our mission is to give every animal a second chance at life in a happy home, but not all homeless dogs end up at a facility like ours.
Why should I get my dog vaccinated? At some time in its life, your pet may be exposed to a serious or even fatal infectious disease like parvovirus. Having your pet vaccinated is the best and least costly way of preventing disease. Without proper vaccination, he is left unprotected.
What vaccinations are offered and what is each one for? 1-year rabies: Rabies vaccination protects your dog in the event they come in contact with a rabid animal. Rabies is often fatal and can be passed from an animal to a human. According to Springfield, Missouri Animal Control Ordinances, “it shall be unlawful for any person to keep, harbor or own a dog… within the city, until and unless such person has the dog vaccinated for rabies and secures a rabies vaccination certificate from any veterinarian who hold a current license from the state… Dogs must display the rabies tag.” DHPP: DHPP is a combination vaccine that prevents four different viruses: canine distemper, infectious hepatitis, parainfluenza, and parvovirus. The viruses that the DHPP vaccine protects against are pretty serious. At the very least, your dog will have months of long and difficult recovery. At most, these illnesses are all serious enough that they can lead to death in some circumstances. Getting the DHPP vaccine can spare your dog a lot of pain and protect them from the long-term effects of these viruses. It could even save his life and the lives of any dogs that he comes in contact with. Bordetella: The Bordetella vaccine is given to dogs that are frequently exposed to other dogs in boarding or social settings. Canine facilities such as dog daycare centers, boarding kennels, shows, dog parks, and training classes often require dogs to have the vaccine because it protects against the bacteria that causes kennel cough.
How old does my dog have to be for surgery? Your Pit bull/Pit bull mix must be 8 weeks of age and over 2lbs.
What is the cost? We ask for a $20 fee to reserve your appointment. The fee will be refunded once you drop off your Pit bull for their surgery. The spay or neuter and vaccinations are FREE!
Can I pay the $20 with cash? You can come into the shelter Monday - Saturday from 10am - 5pm to pay cash and schedule your appointment. You may also come in to pay with your card. We are not accepting checks for your fee.
What should I bring with me to my appointment? At the time of your appointment we will ask for your driver’s license. If you decline your dog receiving the rabies vaccination, you must bring proof that they are current. Rabies tags are not considered proof of vaccination. You must bring their rabies certificate. Your dog must be brought in wearing a leash and collar. The owner must be present at the time of drop off to sign surgery consent paperwork.
What if I miss my appointment? Your $20 fee will not be reimbursed, nor can it be used to schedule another appointment. If you would like to reschedule your appointment, you must pay another $20 fee.
My dog may be difficult to handle, will that be an issue? Safety for your dog and our staff is our top priority. The staff are trained to handle all types of dogs in the safest, least stressful, way possible. If our staff and veterinarian feel that they cannot handle your dog safely, we will call you to pick up your dog and not continue with surgery.
Additional Details: There will be an additional cost for any medications that are needed post-operatively (i.e. antibiotics and/or pain medication). Neither are routinely needed. If there are any post-surgical complications within 14 days after the procedure, you can make an appointment to be seen by our veterinarian at no cost for the visit.