To help with the control of pet over-population, Ballston Spa Veterinary Clinic offers a Trap, Neuter, Release Program for feral cats in the area. Ballston Spa Veterinary Clinic provides this service to the community in exchange for a donation to their Pet Assistance Fund which will in turn help others in our community care for their pets.
Spay (female) – $65
Neuter (male) – $65
The above prices include:
- The Spay or Neuter Surgery
- A Rabies Vaccine
- Flea treatment/dewormer
- A Carprofen Injection for pain control
- Fluids to help support the animal during surgery
*A FIV/FeLv test can be added for an additional $72.00
*A Distemper vaccine can be administered for an additional $35.00
*A Feline Leukemia vaccine can be administered for an additional $41.00 (These vaccines normally require a booster to reach a full level of immunity given 2-4 weeks later)
All animals brought in for the Trap, Neuter, Release Program will get their ear notched with no exceptions. This is for easy identification of cats that have already been trapped. It is mandatory, as this prevents already spayed and neutered feral cats from being re-trapped and brought back in for surgery. Additionally, if a cat is found to be positive for Feline Leukemia or FIV, they will be humanely euthanized.
If you have feral cats that you would like to bring in for the Trap, Neuter, Release Program please follow the steps below:
- All feral cats MUST be caught in a have-a-heart live trap. Any cats brought in regular cat carriers will not be treated. This is for the safety of both the animals and the staff.
- Call the Ballston Spa Veterinary Clinic at 518-885-5650 to schedule an appointment for the following day (or for that day if you caught them before surgery has begun) and let us know that you will be bringing in a feral cat. We can do 2 feral cats per surgeon per surgery day. Surgery is performed Monday through Friday with an 7:15am-8:30am drop off.
- Keep the cat contained in the live trap with a towel or sheet placed over the trap. This helps keep them calm. If the cat is already in the trap, do not give them any food. If they already have food in the trap, do not try to remove it.
- On your scheduled day, drop the cat(s) off between 7:15am-8:30am for surgery. Leave the cat(s) in the car, check in at the front desk, fill out brief paperwork, and pay with cash, check to the Ballston Spa Veterinary Clinic with Pet Assistance Fund in the Memo, or by credit card. The client service representatives will then tell you where to bring the cat(s)- to the side entrance. We do not want to have them in the lobby due to the potential contagious diseases.
- Expect a phone call in the late morning/early afternoon letting you know the cat(s) is/are ready to be picked up. Please stay around the Ballston Spa area so you are able to pick up as soon as they are ready to go. Please let the CSR know that you have arrived to pick up and drive to the side entrance to pick up the patient. There the technician will give you the paperwork with the discharge instructions.
- The following day, release the cat back to the area it was found.