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Review each tip before scheduling your McLennan County* spay/neuter surgery appointment

Drop off 7:15am-8:15am

Pick up 4:00pm-5:00pm (we close at 5:30pm)   Saturday pick up 2pm-3p

Rabies Vaccination is a legal requirement for Texas kittens/cats and puppies/dogs (over 12 weeks of age.)  If your pet has received this vaccination within the past 12 months, email or text records prior to appointment, or bring a copy of records at time of drop-off. If these are not received prior to or at drop-off, patients will receive a Rabies vaccine at a cost of $15.

 

Heartworm Test is medically required for dogs 6 months and older if they are not on Heartworm Prevention. (This test allows you to purchase Heartworm Prevention at ABC prices and with our best rebates. http://animalbirthcontrol.org) If your pet has received this test within the past year, email or text records prior to appointment, or bring a copy of records at time of drop-off. If these are not received prior to or at drop-off, patients will receive a heartworm test, at a cost of $10.

Records *If your pet had services at another veterinary clinic, bring a copy of the record with you on the morning of surgery, email your records to info@animalbirthcontrol.org or text them to 254-776-7303. If records aren't provided by the morning of surgery, required vaccines and testing will be performed. We are unable to request from veterinary clinics on the day of surgery.

Appointment Confirmation is made by email after your appointment has been reviewed and approved 2-3 business days after requesting. You will also be contacted with a text and/or call, and a reminder email 1-2 days prior to your pet's surgery appointment.

Reschedules If you cannot keep the appointment, text (254-776-7303) or email at least 24 hours in advance so the opening can be used by another pet that needs it. We book 3+ weeks out, so there would be additional delay. If you no-show or cancel within 24 hours, a non-refundable deposit will be required before approving your future appointments. The deposit will be applied your total cost of services during the appointment. 

Age The surgery age range is 3 months (12 weeks) to 7 years for cats and dogs (younger and older exceptions are at veterinarian's discretion).

Questions Use the Note Field in the scheduling process to ask a question or give a note to the scheduler. You may also text the main line at 254-776-7303.

Friendly Cats Appointments are required. One cat per carrier or crate; place only a sheet or two of newspaper, puppy pad, (or IF neither is available, a hand towel you are ok leaving with the clinic) inside the carrier. Do a trial run for a calm test of getting your cat into a carrier for an appointment.

 

Unsocial or Unfriendly Cats to be Trapped For an outdoor cat that hasn't been in a carrier or trap before and won't go calmly and safely for you, read our Trapping Tips Page to make the process kinder for your cat and safer for our staff (and you). Spicy outdoor cats arriving in a cat trap do not need to book a surgery appointment and are accepted Monday - Thursday. Arrive 7:15am-8:15am if possible, or text or email if a special arrangement is needed. Cats without appointments in a trap WILL be eartipped for outdoor life. 

 

Financial Assistance If you are on low-income government assistance or need a portion of the surgery cost sponsored by a funder, one-time household help with the cost of surgery and microchip may be available. Use the Note field to inquire and mention your need. If you have received surgery funding help in the past, you may still use the clinic's services at our regular, donor-supported prices.

 

Donate to Help Our surgery prices are significantly below our actual costs to provide so that most families can afford our base fees. If you can give, donations are much-needed and deeply appreciated! Spay It Forward if you can. 

 

Basic Services Your pet can get vaccination updates, microchip, heartworm testing, and refills for flea/tick/heartworm prevention on the day of surgery. 

 

Heartworm Testing and Flea/Tick Products If your pet is current on its vaccinations or your dog is currently receiving monthly heartworm prevention (with a test in the last 12 months) bring or email a copy of the prevention purchases and test results on the morning of surgery - info@animalbirthcontrol.org. This will avoid the need for another heartworm test and allow you to purchase heartworm/flea/tick product on the day of surgery. Note what you need.

Multi-Pet Tip if you have more than one pet to bring on one day, choose 2-3 days beyond the first available spot to help ensure that the number of spots you need are available. Ask the scheduler to combine appointment dates in the note field. You may be asked to place a non-refundable deposit. 

 

Pregnancy If you have a pregnant cat or dog, this could be urgent; mention this in the Note Field, text 254-776-7303, or contact your primary care/full-service clinic to check appointment availability.

*We are currently unable to accept surgery patient appointments outside of McLennan County. An exemption will be considered on a case-by-case basis for an owner receiving low-income government  assistance. This is due to a long-term national veterinarian shortage crisis that is worse in Texas. 

Before the day of surgery email current vaccination or testing records to info@animalbirthcontrol.org or text them to 254-776-7303, or bring them with you at morning registration.

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