Our Services

Who We Are...

The Volunteer Low Cost Spay & Neuter Clinic is a 501 (c) (3) organization. We gained our not-for-profit status in August, 2011. This helps us raise funds, receive grants and fulfill our mission of reducing the staggering, out of control, unwanted pet population.

Since opening on May 25, 2010, we have performed  over 3,000 surgeries.

The Volunteer Low Cost Spay & Neuter Clinic provides low cost, high quality spay and neuter surgeries, vaccines,  heartworm and feline leukemia tests.

Our mission is dedicated to ending pet overpopulation in Marion and Baxter counties and creating healthier, happier pets.

By working to lead the public in responsible pet ownership, we will reduce the unwanted pet population and produce more adoption opportunities for animals currently in shelters.

Our Service and How We Operate

Before each clinic, we schedule registration dates for pet owners to complete "in person" scheduling.  These dates are listed on our Clinic Dates page.

All forms will be completed at the time of registration and the $12 per pet deposit will be collected.  Individuals requesting financial assistance will complete the necessary forms and show their proof of income being at or below the Federal Poverty Level.  Pet owners will be given an appointment confirmation sheet with date, time of arrival and basic information.

Owners also receive a reminder call a couple of days prior to their appointment.

The Volunteer Low Cost Spay & Neuter Clinic provides the only low cost spay/neuter service for 2 counties and is usually 1/2 the price of local veterinarians. We generally sterilize about 35-40 animals  each day of our 3 day clinic.  We conduct three of these 3 day clinics each year.

Veterinary services are provided by Arkansans for Animals in their mobile surgical unit.

Pet owners first go to the Intake area to pay the balance of their fee. Their name and all pertinent information are checked off on our master sheet.

When it is past the time for all pet owners to have signed in, we call people on the waiting list if there are any vacancies. These people were called the night before and instructed not to feed their cat or dog in the event of a cancellation.

All owners are greeted the moment they walk in the door. All dogs are crated before they get to the Intake table.

The Volunteer Low Cost Spay & Neuter Clinic strives to provide a safe and stress free environment for people and their pets.

 
 
Cats
 
The veterinarian schedules cats for surgery first, so all cats must be at the clinic by 8:30  a.m. At the Cat Intake Desk, owners are provided with Velcro collars which they put on their cat's necks (if you had 5 black cats and one got loose, how else could you tell who's cat it was). Each cat is put in a separate carrier and their paperwork placed under the handle.

 

 
Cats recovering from surgery

 

Dogs

Volunteer collects dog's name, disposition of dog (friendly or not) owner's phone number and time the dog arrived. This lets us know which dog gets walked first etc. This information gets taped to the cage. The Dog Disposition/Registration Form is also placed on the top of the cage. Some cages are covered with blankets to keep the dogs quiet.

 

 
Volunteers Recovering Dogs  

The Vet

 

Dr. Joanna McManus graduated from Oklahoma State University for Veterinary Health Sciences in 1995 and has been involved with Arkansans for Animals, providing low cost spay/neutering, for the last several years.  She performs approximately 5,000 low cost spay and neuters a year.

Linda Vincent, President/Secretary
Pat Dagenais, Vice President
Bambi Walden, Treasurer
Volunteer Low Cost Spay & Neuter Clinic
870-656-0104