Pierce County Spay Station

Pierce County Spay Station

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Pasado’s Safe Haven’s 2nd state-of-the-art mobile spay/neuter station is currently located in the Pierce County area, but you do not have to be a Pierce County resident to qualify. This service is made possible by Pasado’s Safe Haven and a generous Family Foundation.

Because we have more space for cats than dogs, we are currently accepting appointment for cats through our online booking system.  (We are not offering appointments for dogs at this time.  Simply bring your dog to our location at 6:45am.  Our staff works hard to get on as many pets as possible, but if we can’t get your pet on board, we will then get you a guaranteed appointment for a future date.)

Cost/Fees
  • The spay or neuter surgery for dogs and cats is currently free to income qualified while funding lasts.
  • Additional services and fees are available at reduced rates. These services are only available in combination with spay or neuter surgery. The exception is Flea treatment which can be purchased prior to intake in the morning.
    • Vaccines (Rabies, Distemper combo): $10 ea.
    • Vaccines (Bordetella, FeLV):  $15 ea.
    • Microchip: $10
    • Roundworm: $5
    • Tapeworm: $5
    • Cat Carriers: $5
    • E-collars: $5 (required for dogs)
    • Take home pain meds (required for dogs)
    • FELV text: $15
    • Flea treatment: $10
Qualifications

All you need to qualify for the program is your “proof of income” and your photo ID. This could consist of a pay stub, an unemployment document, or any other documentation that is relevant to your income. Bring what you can and we will honor it. If you aren’t sure if you qualify, please come to the Spay Station on the day of service and we will let you know.

  • Household income level(s)
Region 1 Person 2 Person 3 Person 4 Person 5 Person 6 Person 7 Person 8 Person
Pierce County $40,500 $46,300 $52,100 $57,850 $62,500 $67,150 $71,750 $76,400

Just Some of the Public Assistance Programs that we accept:

SSD/SSI: Award letters, pay stubs, or tax paperwork

Food Stamps: Award letters or current paperwork

Major VA Disability: Award letters, pay stubs, or tax paperwork

WIC: WIC folder and a current check

Section 8 Housing: Award letters or current paperwork

TANF: Award letters or current paperwork

Medicaid: Your Medicaid card

Unemployment: The most current paperwork from unemployment that you have received that includes your name

Social Security: The most current paperwork from the Social Security office that you have received that includes your name.

Other state/federal public assistance: Award letters or current paperwork.

Easy Tip: Call 877-501-2233 for letter of verification from DSHS if you do not have one.

Check-In & Pick-Up
  • You must be at the location by 6:45 am. It is NOT first come, first serve. We fill the spaces based on size, sex, species, and priority. Due to space limitations, we cannot guarantee that your pet will be admitted that day.
  • You can bring a filled out and signed consent form with you. Click PCSS Consent Form for a PDF printable form. Additional copies can be provided at the spay station.
  • NOTE: Pregnant and in-heat pets take priority.
  • Pick up times for that afternoon will be announced once you check in.
Day of Surgery
  • No food after 10pm the night before surgery, unless your animal is under 5lbs. Animals less than 5 pounds may have a very small amount of wet food early morning. Bring 2 bath towels per animal and any medical records if you have them.
  • Please leave your animal in the car (temperature permitting) when you first arrive; staff will provide further instructions.
  • Dogs must be wearing a secure collar and be on a leash.  You may bring your cat in any secure and safe vessel. Or we have cardboard carriers that you can purchase for $5.  Unfortunately, if a cat escapes a carrier/box, or a dog slips out of a collar/leash, we cannot be held responsible.
Requirements
  • Blood work is recommended for animals over six years of age and required for pets eight years or older. If this applies to you, please bring in blood results that are no more than two weeks old. We do not provide this service - please ask your vet for a geriatric panel for a spay/neuter surgery. Please call 206-300-7217 if you have questions.
  • Dogs must be at least 3 months old (4 months old for small breed dogs), arrive wearing a well-fitting collar and be on a leash.
  • Cats must be at least 2 lbs and arrive in their own secure carrier or box (PLEASE…one cat per carrier). A small litter of kittens may come together in one carrier. You may be asked to purchase cardboard carriers for their ride home.
  • Unfortunately, we cannot accept dogs over 70 pounds, due to space limitations.
  • Cats who arrive in humane live traps need to go home in a secure carrier, not a trap. Please provide a carrier if you bring a cat in a trap.
  • Pets do not need to be vaccinated.
  • We are able to perform cryptorchid surgeries for pets over 6 months of age.
Post-Op Instructions

Congratulations from all of us on the Spay Station! Your pet will lead a happier, healthier life now that it has been altered. We’ve done our part- how well and how quickly your pet recovers from the surgery depends on the quality of care that you provide. We are not responsible if your pet removes its sutures, so please make sure to keep an eye on your animal. Please follow the instructions below to assure a healthy recovery for your pet.

  • OFFER YOUR PET small amounts of WATER ONCE IT’S HOME, and small amounts of food when your pet is alert and upright. Your pet may not feel like eating the first day home because the anesthesia causes nausea. Appetite and activity level should return to normal within 24 hours after surgery. Don’t change your pet’s diet or give extra treats or human food; it will be tempting to spoil them after surgery, but it isn’t good for them and might cause stomach upset.
  • YOUR PET MUST BE KEPT INDOORS, where it can stay clean, dry and warm for 7-10 days. Cats must stay indoors for 10 days, and dogs must be kept on a leash for potty breaks.
  • CHECK YOUR PET’S INCISION DAILY. What you see today is what we consider normal. There should be no drainage. Redness and swelling should be minimal.
  • There is a small, green tattoo near the incision site on your pet to show that they have been altered. Some green ink may have spread around on your pet’s skin while they were in recovery- don’t try to wash this off- it will wear off on its own and the tattoo will heal very quickly.
  • DO NOT ALLOW YOUR PET TO EXCESSIVELY LICK OR CHEW THE INCISION. An e-collar or t-shirt should be used for at least a week to prevent this with dogs.
  • LIMIT YOUR PET’S ACTIVITY for the next 10 days; no running jumping, swimming, playing, strenuous activities, playing with other pets or children. You may need to keep your recovering pet in a separate room or crate. Dogs may go for slow, brief, controlled leashed walks if they don’t pull and can stay dry.
  • NO BATHS OR WATER PLAY FOR 10 DAYS.
  • All animals receive an injection for pain post-surgery. Please see the invoice for any further special instructions about pain medication that you might have purchased. ONLY GIVE YOUR PET MEDICATION PRESCRIBED BY A VET.
  • If you purchased an e-collar, your pet should wear it at all times, especially when you’re not looking. Put it over their head, small end first. The e-collar is adjustable, so please check the fit. You don’t want it to be too tight, but you also don’t want your pet to be able to push it off. Your pet will not like wearing it, but it’s for their own good. If they struggle with the collar at first, do not panic and take it off. Give them a chance to adjust. You can use your pet’s own collar to help keep it on. Also make sure they can get to their food and water bowl with it on. At least a week post-surgery, your pet will likely be ready to go without the e-collar. When it is first taken off, be sure to have time to spend with your pet to make sure he/she doesn’t lick excessively or chew at the incision.
  • Keep your pet’s surgery report/invoice. It’s verification that your pet has been altered. It indicates what vaccinations were given and when boosters are due. If a rabies vaccine was given, you’ll receive a Certificate of Rabies Vaccination as well.
  • IF YOUR PET DEVELOPS A SMALL BUMP UNDER THEIR INCISION, it’s likely because they have been too active, and their body has formed a fluid pocket to help cushion the area. If the bump is the same color as the rest of their skin, and your pet is eating, drinking, and behaving normally, put even more effort into keeping them quiet and give their body a few extra days to re-absorb the fluid.
  • PLEASE CONTACT US IMMEDIATELY AT (585) 301-8747 if the bump is red or oozing, and your pet is refusing to eat or drink. Other symptoms to monitor for are: pale gums, discharge or bleeding from the incision, depression, difficulty urinating, vomiting, labored breathing or diarrhea.
  • Remember that we are not responsible for any follow-up veterinary bills, so please follow these instructions to prevent the need for further veterinary costs.

If a problem should develop, contact your regular veterinarian immediately. If your vet office is closed, contact an Emergency Vet Clinic near you. For emergencies within the first 24 hours of surgery, call (585) 301-8747 to speak with our Vet Tech. If you do not receive an answer within 2 hours, please call 253-797- 7493.

 

FOR FERAL CATS:

  • Keep the cat in its carrier, or trap until it can move around normally. The cat can cause injury or damage to itself, you or to your property if released too soon. It’s coordination is hindered by anesthesia, so it won’t be able to jump or climb normally until the anesthesia fully wears off.
  • Keep the carrier or trap in a warm, dry, draft-free and sheltered area where you can check on it frequently for the next 24 hours. Cover the carrier or trap with sheets, towels or blankets to trap warm air and preserve body heat. If the carrier or trap is on a cold floor (i.e., garage) place a thick towel or blanket under AND over it to maintain the warmth and heat.
  • Make sure there is ample ventilation in hot weather so that the cat doesn’t overheat.
  • With feral cats we ear tip (cut off the tip of the left ear) the cats ear so that people can see that the cat has already been altered without trapping it.
  • Unless otherwise instructed, or noted on the medical record, release the cat the day after surgery. If the medical record indicates that the cat is lactating, she should be released sooner, but only when she is fully awake and moving around easily.
  • Before releasing, make sure the animal is bright and alert and there isn’t any blood in the carrier. If there is a significant amount of blood, the cat may have opened the sutures and they will need to return to the Spay Station before they are released.
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