The Homeward Bound Pets Spay/Neuter Clinic, in McMinnville, Oregon, is a program of Homeward Bound Pets that provides low-cost spays and neuters for owners and caretakers of cats and dogs. Additional services include vaccinations, microchips, and flea/parasite control products for cats and dogs.
All citizens that own cats or dogs or care for stray or feral cats may access these low-cost services. Additional financial help is available to qualified individuals on government assistance who reside in Yamhill County and the West Valley area.
Go to Financial Assistance Program to see qualifications and how to apply.
For afterhours care of pets spayed and neutered at the Homeward Bound Pets Clinic please text message or leave a voicemail at 503-472-0341, ext 2 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Texts are forwarded to the Doctor’s cell phone. Voicemails and emails go directly to the doctor’s email. If your pet is having a life-threatening emergency leave us a message and call an emergency veterinary clinic. We will get them your pet’s surgery records as soon as possible. For emergencies not related to a spay or neuter at our clinic contact an emergency medical facility or your regular veterinarian.
What Makes Our Clinic Special?
Low-cost spays and neuters” are not low-quality spays and neuters. We are fortunate to have veterinary surgeons whose skills and experience allow them to perform these surgeries very quickly and competently. A shorter surgery time means less time that your pet is under anesthesia.
We know that anesthesia and surgery are frightening concepts for all pet owners, and we want to ensure your pet’s health and safety during surgery just as much as you do. Some of the biggest risks during surgery come from the pet’s getting too cold, the length of surgery time, or the age and overall health of the pet. To minimize these risks, each of our patients receive:
- An exam prior to surgery
- Surgery on our heated surgery tables
- Skin is cleaned with heated surgery scrub and solutions
- Heating pads and discs are used to warm pets during recovery from surgery
- Fluid administered to keep your pet hydrated and flush anesthetic drugs out of their system.
- Karo Syrup to raise blood sugar after surgery
- A small snack after surgery to speed recovery and elimination of anesthetic drugs from the system.
- Individual attention, supervision, and love by volunteers throughout recovery until the pet can sit up on its own.
To help ensure the well-being of your pet, we do not perform surgery on pets with health issues. Your pet will receive a pre-surgery examination by the veterinary surgeon. If your pet is found to have health issues that could cause a risk during surgery, we will call to ask you to take your pet to a full-service veterinary clinic.
We cannot eliminate all the risk that comes with anesthesia and surgery, but we adhere to protocols that keep your pet safe. Your pet will be closely monitored throughout anesthesia and recovery. Volunteers and staff will constantly check your pet’s breathing and heart rate, and your pet will be hooked up to a pulse oximeter that monitors the heart rate and blood oxygen level.
Spaying and Neutering Saves Lives
Pet overpopulation is a reality in Yamhill County, as it is all over the United States. There are more cats and dogs than there are available adoptive homes and, as a result, healthy and adoptable animals are still regularly euthanized in US shelters. The Humane Society of the United States estimates that of “3 million cats and dogs euthanized in shelters each year, approximately 2.4 million (80%) are healthy and treatable and could have been adopted into new homes.”
Spay/neuter programs are a proven way to reduce pet overpopulation and help healthy, adoptable cats and dogs find families to love and care for them. Please be part of the solution, and spay and neuter your pets.
Spay and Neutering Helps Pets Be Healthier and Happier
If you own or care for a dog or cat, the decision to spay or neuter is one of the most significant health decisions you will make for them. Spay and neuter are routine veterinary surgeries that have a short recovery time. Spaying a cat or dog removes the ovaries and uterus of a female animal; neutering removes the testicles of a male animal.
In addition to preventing unwanted litters, these procedures offer additional benefits to improve a pet’s health and behaviors. See the Oregon Spay/Neuter Fund (OSNF) list of Top 10 Reasons to Spay & Neuter.