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SAFE Care Spay / Neuter Clinic

Before Your Appointment

SAFE Care Clinic

Before Your Appointment

Cats and dogs will need some extra TLC before their vet appointment.

Food / Water Before the Appointment

  • Do not give your adult pet ANYTHING to eat after midnight the night prior to surgery. This includes bones, rawhides, treats, etc. You should continue to give your pet water. Puppies and kittens 6 months of age and younger should get a small breakfast the morning of surgery. You can bring a small amount of food for your pet. We will feed them a small meal when they wake up.
  • If within the last 30 days your pet has been injured or had any symptoms of illness, including vomiting, diarrhea or skin issues, or has been on any medications, you must let the staff know when you make the appointment or at check-in. Any pet that has had a seizure of any kind or duration will not be approved for surgery under any circumstances. For the safety of your pet, approval for surgery is at the sole discretion of the veterinarian. Only healthy pets will be approved for surgery. If your pet is sick the day before surgery or has been on steroids at any time during the 4 weeks prior to surgery, please call and reschedule your appointment.

Day of the Appointment

  • Cats should arrive at the clinic at 7:30 am in individual, clean and PLASTIC carriers or traps. One carrier per cat. No cardboard carriers please.
  • Dogs should arrive at 8:15 am. Dogs should be on a secure leash or harness.
  • You will need to complete a short admission form for each pet having surgery. For everyone’s safety, please leave dogs in the car until the check-in process is complete and the staff tells you to bring your pet in. Cats may be brought into the lobby as long as they are in a secure carrier.
  • Community cats must be transported in traps.
  • Payment is received at drop-off in the morning only. We accept cash, check or credit card (Visa®, MasterCard® and Discover®).
  • Pick up time is as follows: Dog discharge is at 3:30 pm. and Cat discharge is at 4:15 pm.
  • Our clinic closes at 5:00 pm and all animals must be picked up prior to close.
  • Each cat and dog goes home with written discharge instructions and a medical record with a rabies tag and certificate.

Medical Release Form

To save time, please download our Medical / Surgical Release Form for Cats or for Dogs (Spanish version not yet available) and bring the completed form to your scheduled appointment. If you have completed the digital version we sent you the link to you do not need to bring the hard copy.

Catching Community Cats

We realize that trapping community cats is not an exact science. We are willing to work with you over a period of several days or weeks to get them into the clinic for sterilization. Read more in our Feral Cats resource section.

Want more information about TNVR, or Trap-Neuter-Vaccinate-Return, as a humane option for managing and reducing community cat populations? Visit Wake TNVR for community resources.

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