Humane Alliance: A Program of the ASPCA

Before Surgery

We have heard of a couple of incidents of illness in animals in our area and some other areas in Western North Carolina. As such, we strongly recommend your pet be vaccinated at least one week prior to surgery with the DA2LPPv (distemper/parvo - for dogs) or FVRCP (distemper/upper respiratory - for cats). While no vaccine is 100% effective, vaccination will lessen the chance of your pet contracting disease, as well as decreasing the severity of the disease if your pet does contract it.

Locations and dates for upcoming vaccine clinics in Western North Carolina can be found here.

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Before arriving at our facility, please familiarize yourself with the important information below.

We have heard of a couple of incidents of illness in animals in our area and some other areas in Western North Carolina. As such, we strongly recommend your pet be vaccinated at least one week prior to surgery with the DA2LPPv (distemper/parvo - for dogs) or FVRCP (distemper/upper respiratory - for cats). While no vaccine is 100% effective, vaccination will lessen the chance of your pet contracting disease, as well as decreasing the severity of the disease if your pet does contract it.

Locations and dates for upcoming vaccine clinics in Western North Carolina can be found here.

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Before arriving at our facility, please familiarize yourself with the important information below.

1. Vaccinations

To help prevent common diseases, we strongly recommend your pet be vaccinated at least one week prior to surgery with the DA2LPPv (distemper/parvo - for dogs) or FVRCP (distemper/upper respiratory - for cats). While no vaccine is 100% effective, vaccination will lessen the chance of your pet contracting disease, as well as decreasing the severity of the disease if your pet does contract it. Please consult your regular veterinarian for further information.

In addition, North Carolina state law requires a current rabies vaccination for your pet. Please bring proof in the form of a certificate (tags are not acceptable forms of proof). We are otherwise required to administer one at the time of surgery for a charge of $15. 

2. Feed a Small Snack the Morning of Surgery

Pets may have a quarter of the amount of their usual breakfast on the day of surgery (animals four months or younger may have half of their usual food intake). All pets can have water up until the time of surgery. 

3. Keep Your Pet Indoors

Pets must be kept indoors or confined the night before surgery. This ensures that they are not eating outside, which could potentially be dangerous during surgery. 

4. Check-In Time is 8 a.m.

Due to our strict schedule, your pet might not be admitted if you arrive after 8:30 a.m. The admission process usually takes 10–15 minutes to complete. If you wish, you may collect the paperwork before your appointment to save time. View Directions

5. Leave Your Pet in the Car

Please leave your animal in your car until you have completed check-in. Once we have your paperwork, and have spoken to you about your animal's health, you will be asked to bring them in. All dogs must be on a leash and all cats must be in a carrier. If you do not have a carrier for your cat, you can purchase a cardboard carrier for $5. 

6. Method of Payment

We accept payment in the form of cash, check, or credit card, preferably at the time of check-in.

7. Pets are Held Overnight

Mondays through Thursdays, all animals are held overnight and released the following day at 7:30 a.m. Please note that we do not board pets. 

8. About the Surgery

In female animals, the uterus and ovaries are removed through a small incision in the abdominal wall, which makes them unable to get pregnant. In male dogs and cats, the scrotum is not removed, only the testicles. This prevents the production of sperm, meaning they will no longer be able to father puppies or kittens. Our patients are completely asleep during surgery, and are unable to feel or move. 

9. Tattoo = Spay/Neuter

Your pet will receive a small, green tattoo near the incision site. This tattoo is not another incision—it’s just a small score in the top layers of the skin filled with tattoo ink and covered with surgical glue. The tattoo will ensure that anyone examining your animal will know they have been sterilized.