Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is the difference between spay and neuter?

Spay = female cat or dog sterilization surgery

Neuter = male cat or dog sterilization surgery

2. How much does surgery cost?

Information on our pricing can be found HERE. These high-quality medical procedures only cost clients a fraction of what Pets Alive pays thanks to our generous donors and friends.

3. Is my pet old enough to be spayed or neutered?

Pets may be “fixed” as early as 8 weeks if they weigh at least 2 lbs. and have received the recommended vaccinations.

4. Do you only work with Bloomington pets?

No! Pets Alive works with shelter and rescue partners in counties throughout south-central Indiana. Our services are open to ALL!

5. Who is eligible to use your services?

Anyone can use our services – no questions asked! We offer low-cost spay/neuter and wellness services to ensure all pets have access to preventative care, regardless of their human’s financial position.

6. What happens if my cat or dog is pregnant?

Pets Alive will not check for possible pregnancy prior to surgery. If your pet has been outside unattended or lives with intact males, there is a chance of pregnancy that we are unable to predict. If you already know or suspect your pet is pregnant, we can proceed with the spay. Please be aware that the surgery will terminate pregnancy at an additional cost.

7. Who are community & feral cats?

Community and feral cats have either never had any contact with humans or their contact with humans diminished over time. They are fearful of and cautious about people and survive on their own outdoors. Pets Alive works with local organizations including Feral Cat Friends to help reduce the feral cat population through Trap-Neuter-Release (TNR).

Members of the public can bring in community and feral cats, in a live trap, Monday-Wednesday between 9am and 11am for surgery. They’ll go home the following day. Please no more than five (5) cats at any one time.

Learn more about how to help these cats by watching our short, informative video!

8. Do volunteers perform surgeries?

No, volunteers never perform surgeries. Pets Alive employs highly trained veterinary surgeons who specialize in high-volume spay/neuter. Our veterinary assistants and technicians are also highly trained and skilled, helping to prepare animals for surgery and monitor their vitals throughout the process.

9. Does my pet need vaccinations before surgery?

We do recommend your pet be fully vaccinated before coming in for surgery. We are a high-volume clinic, and while we keep everything as clean and sterile as possible, we cannot control for airborne viruses. Therefore, we recommend every animal be fully vaccinated at least two weeks prior to surgery. You can make an appointment for vaccinations at our Wellness Clinic!

10. Do you provide financial assistance?

Requests for financial assistance can be made directly through your local shelter or Pet Friendly Services of Indiana.