In June, the Humane Society of Memphis & Shelby County recently announced the start of operations for HSMSC Fido Fixers Memphis, a mobile spay/neuter initiative of HSMSC’s 4-year-old Project STOP program.
HSMSC has leased a mobile spay/neuter clinic from Fido Fixers, Inc., for just $12 per year, and has performed more than 600 spay/neuter surgeries and vaccinations on the unit since May while onsite at the HSMSC facility. The program will soon take the mobile unit into set locations in underserved neighborhoods to be more accessible to low-income pet owners. The ultimate goal of Fido Fixers Memphis is to reduce the staggering pet overpopulation and subsequent suffering and euthanasia in the Mid-South.
With a poverty rate of nearly 30 percent in Memphis, many pet owners can’t afford spay and neuter services. In addition, they may live in neighborhoods that are underserved or not served at all by a veterinarian, so without reliable transportation that allows pets, they have no way to take a pet to get the surgery. Fido Fixers Memphis aims to make this service affordable and accessible for those pet owners.
The HSMSC Fido Fixers Memphis mobile spay/neuter unit will operate four days per week most weeks of the year, with Corey McCann, D.V.M., serving as the veterinarian. McCann will be assisted by several veterinary assistants. HSMSC’s goal is to complete a minimum of 200 surgeries per month with capacity for more than 400 per month.
For pet owners on any form of government assistance, such as Social Security, disability, unemployment, food stamps, Tenn Care, Medicare, or Medicaid, WIC, Reduced Lunch, or Section 8 Housing, surgeries are available for $35 per dog and $30 for cat, with a rabies vaccine and 5-in-1 combo vaccine included as needed. HSMSC never turns away a low-income patient due to them being unable to pay the full amount for surgery, however. To make an appointment, pet owners should call and leave a voicemail at 901-937-3918 with their name and call-back phone number, and information about their pet including species, breed, estimated weight and age, sex, and whether the pet is in heat or pregnant.
The Fido Fixers Memphis mobile spay/neuter unit will also be available to municipal and 501c3 shelters and rescue groups with the following prices: $55 for dogs 50 lbs. and below, $75 for dogs over 50 lbs, $40 for cats, $5 for a rabies vaccine, and $5 for a 5-in-1 combo vaccine.
Thanks to private donors, including Allen and Kay Iskiwitz who contributed $150,000, and a grant from the Assissi Foundation, HSMSC has already secured funding for the first two years of operation. In order to keep operating the leased unit after two years, HSMSC needs your support! You can donate specifically for the mobile spay/neuter program here.
HSMSC also offers an opportunity to sponsor a week of surgeries for $5,000 or a day of surgeries for $1,000, which can be used to provide free surgeries for low-income pet owners, or the donor may choose to benefit employees, members, or pet owners of their own choosing. Supporters interested in sponsoring a day or week can contact Event Specialist Kristen Everson at firstname.lastname@example.org or 901-937-3903.