If the words "Neuter Scooter" conjure up images of a gender-neutral motorcycle, you are far removed from the problems of pet overpopulation.
The Neuter Scooter is actually a mobile spay and neuter service that operates out of Bloomington, Indiana , and currently services locations in Hawaii, Illinois , Indiana, Florida, Ohio and Oregon.
Trained veterinarians perform safe and sterile spay and neuter surgeries in a highly efficient assemblyline process that allows them to perform far more surgeries per day than a conventional veterinarian's clinic, and at a far cheaper cost.
On August 16, the city of Cottage Grove is sponsoring a Cottage Grove visit from the Neuter Scooter, which will then go to Veneta August 18.
All surgeries will be on an appointment only basis , no drop ins, and appointments will be made on a first-come , first-served basis. To make an appointment for your cat (or cats), call 1-866-662-5838 or go online at www.neuterscooter.com. Major credit cards will be accepted for advance payments, but no refunds will be made for "no shows."
How cheap is the surgery? The current cost at the Neuter Scooter is $40 per cat if paid in advance, $50 per cat if paid on the day of surgery. Feral cats will be spayed/neutered at $20 per cat. Feral cats must be a .
Additionally, with the appointment a rabies vaccination (for cats over three months) and a Fel-O-Vax IV are given free of charge if requested. Cats as young as six weeks can be neutered ; in fact, recovery in animals under six months of age is excellent.
Female cats can be spayed even if they are in heat, pregnant or nursing. Spaying does not effect milk production. If your mother cat has kittens that are too young to be without her, then the cat and kittens can be brought to the clinic in the same carrier, one large enough to accommodate them all, so the kittens will have minimal time away from their mother.
Each cat neutered through the Neuter Scooter will be tattooed in the left ear and, for female cats, also on the belly. The tattoos help in avoiding unnecessary surgeries if the cats are lost and end up in a shelter.
Janetta Overholser, board president of the Humane Society of Cottage Grove, said, "The Humane Society of Cottage Grove is very pleased that the city is helping combat the cat overpopulation problem by sponsoring the Neuter Scooter."
Upon scheduling appointments for surgery, participants will be given the address of the local drop-off point. The drop off site will not be publicized to prevent people without appointments from showing up and slowing down the check-in process.
After completing the paperwork for the cats, the clinic will go to the surgery site where the services are performed and the cats are allowed to recover. Later that day the mobile clinic will return to the drop-off site and cats can be picked up.