To Start A Low-Cost Spay/Neuter Clinic

Most of these essential items can be obtained at a reduced cost or free from hospitals or veterinarians buying new equipment. We suggest putting a person or group in charge of finding the needed materials. Another person or group can look for a place for the clinic, or check into the feasibility of a van.

Bringing these various elements together will vary, for each clinic has its own unique set of circumstances, location, clientele, and founding group. Contact SpayUSA for more information and details on other clinics already set up..

  • Surgery table and light
  • Cages/ carriers (for cats) and squeeze cage for anesthetizing feral cats
  • Water supply
  • Miscellaneous drugs including anesthesia*, analgesics, antibiotics, and vaccines
  • Refrigerator
  • Cleaning equipment
  • Clippers
  • Autoclave
  • Scale
  • Spay packs and pack storage area
  • Instrument trays and stand
  • Suture material
  • Drapes, gowns and gloves
  • Locking cabinet for drug storage
  • Animal emergency kit
  • *and/or gas anesthesia machine

You need a convenient location, a well-trained vet, and the following equipment: First, determine the need for a clinic, finding out through surveys how many cats/dogs you will plan to spay/neuter per day, how many days per week. Thirty to fifty surgeries per day is average for a clinic that does exclusively spay/neuter. From this information, you can begin to prepare a budget.

For information on what's included in a spay pack, click here.
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