Who We Are

Mission

Pets Alive provides the compassionate solution to end the unnecessary euthanasia of cats and dogs by offering affordable, high-quality spay/neuter services.

Vision

To improve the health and well-being of cats and dogs by partnering with the animal welfare community to provide life-saving programs and compassionate solutions to pet overpopulation.

Services

Pets Alive is a nonprofit high-volume Spay/Neuter Clinic. We perform an average of 80 spay/neuter surgeries daily. We also run a daily walk-in Wellness Clinic that provides vaccines, flea/tick preventative, microchipping, and other basic veterinary care for healthy animals. Our services are available to all – no proof of residency or financial need required.

History

Founders Unite

In April 2002, one of Pets Alive’s founding members, Katrina Sturgeon, read a Bloomington Herald-Times article that stated almost 70% of all animals brought to the Bloomington Animal Shelter were euthanized. Sturgeon responded by writing a passionate letter to the editor, expressing her outrage and encouraging positive change. Karla Kamstra and Theresa Block responded to this call to action and reached out to Sturgeon. These three dedicated women founded the first Pets Alive programs: Adopt-A-Pet, Puppy Train, and Petfinder.com.

Adoption Programs Expand

In December 2002, Pets Alive launched the Adopt-A-Pet program, which took adoptable animals from the Bloomington Animal Shelter to off-site adoption events. The Puppy Train program launched in January 2003, which transported Bloomington animals to other states in need of more adoptable pets. Pets Alive also helped facilitate more adoptions at the Bloomington Animal Shelter by setting up an online adoption program on Petfinder.com.

Spay/Neuter Clinic Launches

However, no matter how many animals were adopted through these programs, there were still many more to replace each one. The board quickly realized that the only solution to the pet overpopulation problem is spay and neuter. Therefore, in January 2004, the Pets Alive board closed all the adoption programs to focus on a new mission with plans to open the area’s first spay/neuter clinic, stating, “In order for a community to effectively address pet overpopulation, spay/neuter must be a priority. It’s the only way to decrease the number of animals entering a shelter.”

Wellness Clinic Opens

When the spay/neuter clinic first opened in March 2005, surgeries cost $45 for cats and $50 for dogs. Despite increasing costs of surgical materials in the past 14 years, Pets Alive currently offers cat surgeries for $35 and dog surgeries for $65, less than half of what it costs the clinic to perform them. Pets Alive makes up the difference thanks to generous donors. In 2010, Pets Alive expanded its services to offer low-cost vaccinations, preventatives, nail trims, and more at its walk-in Wellness Clinic. Pets Alive does not offer full veterinarian services at its Wellness Clinic and refers clients to a full-service veterinarian for regular care. The goal of this program is to ensure all pets have access to basic health services, regardless of their owner’s financial position.

New Location

In September 2011, the clinic moved to its current location at 2444 South Walnut Street in the Lucky’s Market complex and now works with 22 shelters and animal welfare groups via its Transport Program, serving over a quarter of the state of Indiana. Pets Alive has become a highly effective nonprofit organization in Bloomington, dedicated to ending pet overpopulation in south central Indiana by offering high quality, low-cost spay/neuter surgeries and wellness services for cats and dogs. Since opening in 2005, Pets Alive has reduced the euthanasia rate by 86% in our area.

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