In January 2010, the DRHS opened an in-house spay/neuter suite for our shelter pets. Iowa law states that animals adopted from a shelter be spayed or neutered. The staff found that following up to ensure that owners got their pets spayed and neutered was extremely time consuming. With the funding help from Theisen’s, Pedigree and the Henry Family Foundation, our goal for adding the surgical suite came true. DRHS hired two part-time veterinarians and two vet technicians that could perform most of the shelter’s own spays/neuters. It was a logical method of ensuring compliance since the DRHS adopts out over 2,500 animals annually.
A team of part-time veterinarians, one full-time and one part-time vet technician were able to spay/neuter over 1,522 cats and dogs in 2010.
DRHS also conducts Operation Cat Snip, a free spay/neuter program for cats belonging to low-income households, stray/feral cats, and farm cats. To apply for this program, please complete the application below.
*Currently we have exhausted our funds for the Cat Snip program. You can still turn in an application and we will call once funds are available.
Funding for this program is generously provided by a grant from Mystique Casino and the Dubuque Racing Association. Thank you to Mystique Casino and the Dubuque Racing Association!