Who We Are


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


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.


Pets Alive is a nonprofit high-volume Spay/Neuter Clinic. We perform an average of 60 spay/neuter surgeries daily. We also run a daily Wellness Clinic that provides vaccines, flea/tick preventation, microchipping, and other basic veterinary care for healthy animals. Our services are available to all – no proof of residency or financial need required.


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 $40 and dog surgeries (less than 100 pounds!) for $75, less than half of what it costs the clinic to perform them. Pets Alive makes up the difference thanks to generous donors and grant funding. In 2010, Pets Alive expanded its services to offer low-cost vaccinations, preventatives, nail trims, and more at our Wellness Clinic. Pets Alive does not offer full veterinary services and refers clients to a full-service veterinarian for regular care. The goal of our Wellness program is to ensure all furry family members have access to basic health services, regardless of their humans’ financial position.

New Location

In September 2011, the clinic moved to its current location at 2444 South Walnut Street in the (former) Lucky’s Market complex. 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.