Spay/Neuter Trip FAQs
Where are you located?
Where is the spay/neuter clinic?
Operation Spay Bay is the main clinic we use. It is located in Panama City, Florida. Occasionally, we use Wiregrass Spay/Neuter Alliance in Dothan, Alabama.
How many animals go on each trip?
What is the minimum age/size my animal must be?
All animals must be at least 3 months old and 3 pounds.
My animal is already fixed. Can they go on the transport just for vaccines?
No. This is strictly a spay/neuter transportation service.
What if my animal is pregnant or in heat?
We do not charge extra for this service. Should your animal have any special needs post surgery, we will let you know at pickup. If your animals required any extra pain meds or antibiotics, outside of what all animals are given at the time of surgery, we will provide them to you at pick up. The price for extra medicine does not typically exceed $15.
Do you give them pain meds/antibiotics?
What if my animal is sick the night of drop off?
Can my aggressive dog use this service?
If we are unable to safely interact with your dog, then we cannot allow them on our trips. This is due to safety concerns with our volunteers and your pet. Along with aggressive dogs, we strongly suggest any dogs over 50lbs use a local vet when possible.
What is an ear tip?
Do you offer boarding?
Yes! We offer FREE boarding of your animal the night before we transport them to get fixed. This boarding is included in your charge already. This is the ONLY night we offer this service. We do not allow late pickups on surgery night or boarding any other night. This is ONLY for animals who have a paid slot on the following morning transport.
Can I drop my animal off earlier, or pick them up later than the scheduled times?
No. This is due to us getting ready for the large number of animals we are boarding that night. We like a clean facility and all of our volunteers ready to go for the night. On surgery night, your animal must be picked up no later than 7pm (unless an email has been sent out delaying our return). Our volunteers have graciously been preparing for, and tending to, your animals since 11am the day before surgery. Their shift on the previous day sometimes runs them until 10pm, tucking your animals in, then they are right back at it at 3am surgery day, before spending all day on the drive to Panama City and back. They then continue this service by driving animals to Tiger Point after unloading animals in Milton. So we appreciate you allowing us to get home to our families by being ON TIME to get your animals.
How long after a mother gives birth can she be spayed?
We recommend waiting until babies are at least 5 weeks old and/or weaned. The babies must be able to go three full days without nursing. Mom can return to nurse 48 hours after surgery.
How do I sign my animal up to get fixed?
When do transport slots open?
How many animals can I book on each trip?
We limit each person to 5 animals per trip.
Can someone contact me when transports open?
Can someone sign me up over the phone or any other way outside of online?
What is the cost to get my pet fixed?
If I don't trap my community cat in time, can I get a refund?
Can I transfer my date to a future one?
If you don’t issue refunds, then where does my deposit go for the unused services?
Can I add services at the time of drop off?
What form of payment do you take if any extra charges are owed at pickup?
We only take cash or check on site. If you cannot come with cash or check then you must email email@example.com before 5pm on pickup day and request a payment link.
What To Know in Advance
What do I need to have with me when dropping off my animal?
Can I feed my animal prior to drop off?
Yes. We walk the dogs in the morning prior to loading. We clean cat carriers/traps out as needed. All of the crates/carriers/traps are cleaned while the animals are in surgery, should they need it. You cannot leave food inside the holding unit.
What should I expect when I arrive to drop off my animal?
When do I drop my animal off?
What is an appropriate size holding unit for my animal?
What type of carrier should my owned/tame cat come in?
What type of trap should my feral/wild cat come in?
A safe and humane trap which has at least one access door. Traps should be the size for cats or raccoons, but no smaller/larger. If you do not have a trap, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to rent one for a $90 refundable deposit. Traps MUST have a cover for the trip to/from your home, to our facility. We typically remove your cover once inside our building. We have covers which are pheremone-infused to help your kitty feel comfortable.
What size/type crate should my dog come in?
What does my animal need inside the holding unit?
What needs to be on my holding unit?
How much recovery time will my animal need?
When do I pick my animal up?
Pick up is at the same location and at the same time as your drop off, on the night of surgery. So if you dropped off at the main facility in Milton on Monday, then your pick up time is between 6pm and 7pm on Tuesday night. If you dropped off in Tiger Point, at the Community Life United Methodist Church on Monday night, then your pick up is between 6pm and 6:30pm on Tuesday night. Click here for some of those details.
What if I have a question related to the surgery or any medical questions prior to the surgery?
Is the rabies vaccine required?
Yes. If you have chosen a community cat package then it will be included. All animals in the state of Florida are required to have a rabies vaccine by the time they are 4 months old. Since the minimum age/weight requirement is 3 months/3 pounds for our trips, we require an updated rabies vaccine. If you elect not to purchase a rabies vaccine for your pet on your spay/neuter trip, you will be required to show proof of current rabies vaccination in the form of a certificate. Without this proof, you will owe the cost of the vaccine at drop off.
What is an FVRCP vaccine?
This vaccine protects your cat against four dangerous viruses: Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis, Calicivirus, Panleukopenia and Chlamydia. This vaccine is also known as the "Feline Distemper" vaccine. It is a core vaccine which is given every 2 to 4 weeks from age four weeks and up to 16 weeks, then annually.
What is a Da2PP vaccine?
This vaccine protects your dog against Distemper, Adenovirus Type 2, Parvovirus, Parainfluenza and Leptospirosis. This vaccine is also known as the "Dog Distemper" vaccine. It is a core vaccine which is given every 2 to 4 weeks from age four weeks and up to 16 weeks, then annually.
What is Bordetella?
Protects against airborne, highly contagious upper respiratory virus. Recommended to be given two weeks prior to surgery (if possible). Bordetella is also known as "kennel cough" for both dogs and cats. It is not a vaccine offered for cats on our transports yet is offered for dogs.
What is a Heartworm test?
This test is for dogs over 6 months of age. It detects presence of adult heartworms.
What is a Triple Test?
This is a simple blood test for cats which detects presence of Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV), Leukemia virus (FeLV) and Heartworm infestation. Recommended for cats 6 months and older.
What is an FeLV Vaccine?
This vaccine protects against Feline Leukemia virus, transmitted by contact with infected cats. Negative Triple Test required before vaccination. This is one of two boosters required before annual vaccination to maintain protection.
What is a Cone Collar?
A cone collar, also known as an "E Collar" ("E"=Elizabethan), is a plastic protection collar worn to keep your pet from removing and aggravating their stitches. It is highly recommended for active and young animals, animals who have a tendency to stress chew on themselves, and dogs. Outdoor cats should not be put in a cone collar unless monitoring them in a large enclsure is possible.
What Dewormer is provided?
For dogs, Drontal Plus is the dewormer sent home with your pet. Drontal Plus is an oral medication specially formulated for small dogs and puppies 3 weeks of age or older. It is prescribed by veterinarians to help treat a variety of intestinal worms including tapeworms, hookworms, roundworms, and whipworms. These broad-spectrum dewormer tablets are scored for accurate dosing and can be crumbled and mixed into your canine companion’s favorite food for easy administration.
What is a Microchip?
A microchip is a permanent method of electronic identification. The chip itself is very small – about the size of a grain of rice – and is implanted subcutaneously (just under the skin) between the shoulder blades at the back of your pet's neck. Each chip has a unique number that is detected using a microchip scanner. It is not a GPS tracking device but it can save your pet's life and get them home to you much faster than any other method. This is HIGHLY recommended. If your pet already has a microchip then you should register it here. We do not place duplicate microchips since this will give your pet a 50/50 chance of being returned to you, depending on which microchip the finder scans.
What does Advantage Multi treat?
Advantage Multi is a once-a-month prescription pet medication for cats and dogs that controls fleas, prevents heartworm infection, and kills intestinal parasites.