Frequently Asked Questions
How does spay/neuter save lives?
For every one child born, there are seven pets born. At this rate there will NEVER be enough homes for all of them. This results in many of them being euthanized in shelters simply because they were born. By sterilizing our pets we help reduce the number being born with no homes to go to, insuring that more of them will have a family of their own for life.
Why should I spay/neuter my pet?In addition to an unwanted litter, spay/neutered pets are:
When should I have my pet spayed/neutered?
HOPE's rule is that your pet must be at least 3 months old and weight at least 3 pounds. Additionally, your pet must be healthy enough for the surgery, which our vets will determine before the surgery.
What if I can not afford to spay/neuter my animal?
We have options available for financial assistance. Please visit our assistance page for more information.
What if my animal never leaves our yard or home?
Although it may be your intention that your pet never leave your yard or home, accidents do happen and it just takes one escape to end up with a litter of furbabies. Just ask your local animal control officer how many times he or she has heard that one! It is these unplanned litters that fare the worst.
Does low cost mean low quality?
Absolutely not! Our clinic adheres to a medical protocol model dictated by the Humane Alliance and the American Veterinary Medical Association. For more information on our medical protocols visit http://www.humanealliance.org/.
Do you use a real veterinarian?
Yes. All veterinarians employed by HOPE are licensed and hold a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine. Each of our vets have years of experience a private practice setting, as well as in a high-volume, high-quality spay/neuter clinic. Additionally, our vets continue expand their educations through specialized training in spay/neuter surgery.
What about pain medication for my pet?
We consider the comfort of your pet our priority. All pet patients receive two injections of pain medication while in our care. Patients are also sent home with oral pain medication (at no additional cost to you) to ensure their comfortable recovery.
Will my pet need to have staples or sutures removed?
Under normal conditions, HOPE uses two methods of closing the surgical site. The inside has been closed using sutures specially designed to absorb during the healing process; no removable is necessary. The outer portion of the surgical site has been closed using a surgical glue which dissolves during the healing process, as well.
Should my female cat/dog have one litter or heat cycle before spaying?
No; this is a common misconception. There is no medical or behavioral benefit to waiting until after a pet's first litter/heat cycle before spaying. On the contrary, spaying your pet before the first heat/litter can reduce the risk of medical complications down the road.