Registration and What You Need to Know Before Your Pet’s Surgery
Please read this whole page before bringing an animal to the clinic.
- To make an appointment for surgery call 971-267-2567. Surgeries will be scheduled for Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. Drop-off for animals scheduled for surgery is from 8:00 to 8:30 a.m.; pick up is between 3:00 and 4:00 p.m. Pets should be acting healthy and eating normally in the days before surgery. Have the following information available when you call to register your pet: your pet’s name, breed, color, age, and list of any medications or medical conditions.
- We can spay or neuter kittens when they weigh 2 pounds — approximately 8-10 weeks old. If you don’t know a kitten’s weight, you may bring the kitten(s) to the Spay/Neuter Clinic on a Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday between 9:00 and 4:00 p.m. to be weighed.
Puppies may be spayed or neutered when at least 6 weeks old.
- Our clinic does not have the capacity to treat sick or injured animals. If your pet is sick or injured, please call your regular veterinarian. This clinic provides elective spay/neuter surgery for healthy pets only. See our list of Veterinary Clinics in Yamhill County to find a veterinarian.
- We recommend you obey the Oregon state law that requires all dogs to have a rabies vaccination. If your dog has not had a rabies vaccination, we can administer it at the time of surgery for a charge of $12.00.
- All animals must have food taken away by midnight the night before their scheduled surgery. Make sure water is available to them until the morning of the surgery. Animals three months or younger may have food until 5 a.m.the morning of surgery.
- All animals should be confined the night before surgery to control their access to food. Any animals that remain outside and unconfined will not be admitted for surgery.
- If you think your female cat or dog is in heat or pregnant, please still plan to have your cat or dog spayed. An animal that is in heat or pregnant can be safely spayed. However, if your pet is near term, we reserve the right to reschedule the surgery until after delivery.
If the cat or dog is currently nursing, the mother be can returned to her kittens or puppies after surgery and continue nursing.
- At the clinic, all dogs must be on a leash or in a carrier, and all cats must be in a carrier. Place one cat per carrier unless kittens are less than 3 months old; feral cats can be brought in a trap. If you do not have a cat carrier, you may borrow one at the Homeward Bound Pets Shelter at 10601 SE Loop Road, McMinnville. (Shelter is located on the west side of the Hwy 18 bypass, next to the McMinnville Airport and just north of Olde Stone Village.)
- If you completed the registration of your pet(s) by phone, a printed registration form for each animal will be at the clinic on the morning of the scheduled surgery. Please read the registration form carefully to confirm the information, and sign the form to give permission to perform the surgery.
If you were unable to complete the registration prior to the clinic, you will need to fill out a registration form for each animal the morning you bring in your pet(s).
- Payment. Please make your payment prior to or on the morning you bring your animals in for surgery. See Price List for fees. We accept cash, debit cards, and credit cards; we cannot accept checks. Services must be paid for at the time of check-in.
- Discharge. All animals are released the day of surgery and must be picked up between 3:00 and 4:00 p.m. Owners that do not pick up their animal(s) by closing will be charged a $10.00 boarding fee per animal for staying overnight.
- If the charges for the spay/neuter surgery strain your budget, we offer financial assistance to qualified low-income citizens who can document their need.(See Financial Assistance Program to learn more.)
- Plan ahead to have a warm, comfortable space indoors to confine your pets for at least a couple of days while they recover from surgery.
- If your female dog or cat was in heat at the time of surgery, keep her away from intact males for at least two weeks. While she is unable to become pregnant, she might still attract intact males for a short period of time. A recently spayed female can be injured if a male dog attempts to breed with her.