BROWNSBURG — Pet owners in Hendricks County now have another option for spay and neuter services with the recent opening of the Low Cost Spay Neuter Clinic.
Tammy Sollenberger, executive director of the Low Cost Spay Neuter Clinic (LCSNC), which is a non-profit organization, said the clinic only sees well animals.
“We’re specialists in spay/neuter and we do vaccines, as well as education,” she said. “There’s a large education component to promote responsible pet care, getting them spayed and neutered before five months, vaccinations, heart worm tests, and heart worm prevention — all those sort of things.”
The 2,700 square foot clinic at 409 N. Green St. features two exam rooms and the animals are separated into dog and cat rooms as they await surgery.
“With the surgeries, they’re scheduled appointments,” Sollenberger said. “We have a certain number of surgery times per day, so the number of animals that we have come in for surgery … meets up with the amount of time the doctor has for surgery.”
She added the surgery is only a one-day process, with the animals coming in at 7 a.m. and leaving at 5:15 p.m.
“We go to the check-in process until about 8:30 a.m., when Dr. (Pam) Carpenter needs to start surgery at 8:30 a.m.,” Sollenberger said. “Then the girls come back and they start prepping animals. Usually we do the dogs first because the time span it takes the doctor to do a dog surgery is a little longer so they need more time to recover. We start off with the large dogs, because they take the longest time.”
Sollenberger said sometimes people are surprised to learn the clinic uses anesthesia.
“We monitor all the animals: Their oxygen intake and heart rate all during the time they’re being prepped, all during the time they’re in surgery and all during the time they’re in recovery,” she said. “They’re monitored throughout the whole process and then once they’re awake they’re put back in their cages and we’ll watch them throughout the day.”
Sollenberger said a complete list of services and pricing is available at the clinic’s website at www.lowcostclinic.org, under the tab “Services/Prices.”
The first day of surgery at the new facility was Oct. 3 and Sollenberger said 45 to 55 surgeries are being done each day.
This clinic is the second for Sollenberger, with the first one opening in January 2007 in Noblesville.
At the Noblesville clinic, she said they are up to 76,000 surgeries total.
Sollenberger said one of the main reasons she chose to expand to Hendricks County is the population growth.
“The reason that I chose Hendricks County is because, first of all, the population is growing,” she said. “Whenever you have a population growth, you do have more animals coming into your community. With the increase of the population and the increase of animals, people need a resource where they can afford to get the spay/neuter surgery done or be able to purchase their flu medicines or their heartworm medicines — get low cost vaccines. They need that sort of resource so that they can save their money for the last two years of an animal’s life, (which) is going to cost the most money and they need a private practice for them, for illnesses or injuries, those sorts of things.”
She said the other reason has to do with some of the problems the county has as a whole in dealing with animals.
“The other reason in choosing Hendricks County is for the most part, you’ve just got one shelter here,” Sollenberger said. “It’s Hendricks County Animal Care and Control, and that is improving. It’s now not called Hendricks County Animal Care and Control and it looks like there’s a lot of progress in running that as a successful shelter. I think it’s another component to make this a better community for animals.”
Sollenberger said she also encourages pet owners to have a private practice veterinarian.
“We don’t know a lot of the vets yet here in Hendricks County, but we do want to have a good relationship with our local private practices so that we can refer people,” she said.
For more information, call the office at 852-0537 or visit the website at www.lowcostclinic.org.