What happens behind the scenes at Alabama Spay + Neuter? [VIDEO]


Alabama Spay + Neuter. (Sabrina Palmer / Bham Now)

Bringing your pet to get spayed or neutered can be daunting, but it doesn’t have to be. We took a behind-the-scenes tour of Alabama Spay + Neuter to see how they care for cats and dogs. Here’s what we learned.

Come on a tour of Alabama Spay + Neuter with us

Dr. Margaret Ferrell is the practice owner and lead veterinarian with Spay + Neuter Veterinary Services, LLC. Mark Nelson is the Executive Director of Alabama Spay + Neuter.

While we’ve written before about 5 reasons Alabama Spay/Neuter’s where you want to get your pet fixed and how to stop strays and reduce pound pups in Birmingham, today we want to take you on a tour so you know what to expect.

Call 205-956-0012 today to book an appointment to spay/neuter your pet.

Make your appointment

Tina the office cat. (Sabrina Palmer / Bham Now)

First, request your appointment by phone or online for your furry four-legged friend and The Alabama Spay + Neuter team will contact you to set up a time to bring in your pet.

Here’s what happens when you bring your pet to Alabama Spay + Neuter

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They come pick up your pet from the car at Alabama Spay + Neuter (Sabrina Palmer / Bham Now)
  • Pets arrive by car or on the transport truck in the morning.
  • After arriving, pets are greeted by a veterinary assistant who escorts them to their assigned kennel where they wait to be checked-in.
  • Next, each pet is checked in and carefully examined by a veterinarian.
  • Pets are then taken to be prepped for their operation where they are anesthetized, shaved and prepared for surgery.
  • Post-surgery, they recover on a warm heated blanket where they are monitored by a veterinary assistant.
  • After recovery time, they return to their assigned kennel where they receive an afternoon snack and some water.
  • Shortly after snack-time, pets are checked again by a veterinarian to make sure they are ready to go home that afternoon or the following morning.

It’s amazing to see how much the staff at Alabama Spay + Neuter cares for each animal that comes through the door. It is clear they love animals and they love the work they do, helping to prevent homeless pets in our community and beyond.

Alabama Spay + Neuter’s mission

Animals in recovery post-operation. (Sabrina Palmer / Bham Now)

Did you know that every year, according to Alabama Spay + Neuter, tens of thousands cats and dogs are euthanized in the state of Alabama? This is due to overpopulation of stray pets on the streets and very limited space in our local shelters. Alabama Spay + Neuter helps solve that problem. The organization is on a mission to reduce overpopulation of pets by offering low-cost sterilization with the highest quality medical care to pets across the state.

“In the last five years, our team has spayed/neutered over 71,000 dogs and cats in our clinic. This plays a huge part in helping reduce the overpopulation of companion animals, reduces crowding in shelters, and saves the lives of adoptable and innocent animals in our state.”

Mark Nelson, Executive Director, Alabama Spay + Neuter

Lend a paw

Alabama Spay + Neuter. (Sabrina Palmer / Bham Now)

Do you love animals?  Here’s how you can help prevent homeless pets in our community:

Call 205-956-0012 today to book an appointment to spay/neuter your pet.

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