Clinic FAQs

Clinics utilizing this spay/neuter model in the US have reduced shelter admissions and euthanasia by up to 70%.1 There have been no known scientific papers or credible cases presented, either theoretical or empirical, that argue against a negative relationship between shelter intake and total spay/neuter levels.2 In just the first year of clinic operation, we saw a dramatic decrease in the intake of stray and owner surrendered cats at the Humane Society.
Data collected at these clinics in other areas shows that 86% of spay/neuter clients have no previous relationship with a veterinarian.3  These are similar to the numbers we have found at our clinic where more than 75% of clients have not previously seen a veterinarian.  A paper published in the journal Ecological Economics reported the following “…[T]here are a number of people who have argued that low-cost spay/neuter programs merely cannibalize regular spay/neuter procedures rather than increasing total spay/neuter levels… The results of this study present strong evidence that neither of these cannibalization or substitution effects take place, or at least if they occur, they are more than compensated for by positive spill over effects (i.e. a complement effect) in adoption and spay/neuter efforts. The evidence is particularly strong in the case of spay/neuter procedures, where discount programs appear to significantly promote regular spay/neuter procedures.”4
The Windsor/Essex County Humane Society Veterinary Clinic is open to anyone to bring in their own or stray animals. There are no limitations on geographic area or income.
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The Clinic is located in a stand-alone building next to the Humane Society. The address is 1375 Provincial Road, Windsor.
The clinic offers vaccinations and other basic services, but only at the time of spay/neuter. For annual examinations and emergency care pet owners are encouraged to develop an ongoing relationship with a community veterinarian.
The funds to build the veterinary clinic came from the shelter expansion fund, which is raised through private donations and fundraising. The City of Windsor made a contribution to the clinic construction in the amount of just over $10,138 which was a waiver of the fees that the Humane Society would otherwise have paid as part of the building permit approval process. The Humane Society has a contract with the City of Windsor to provide animal control services, but this is a fee for services contract that was publicly tendered. It is similar to a contract between the City and a private company to pick up recycling. In 2012, 2013, and 2014 the City of Windsor offered a voucher program to help low income residents fix their own cats or any resident to fix feral cats. The Town of Essex offered a similar program in 2013 and 2014, and the Towns of LaSalle, Tecumseh, and Kingsville also offered programs in 2014.
Pet overpopulation is at crisis levels in Ontario; each year tens of thousands of dogs and cats end up on the streets, where they fall victim to neglect and abuse, or in shelters in search of new homes. Fixing your pet reduces health risks and improves behaviour in both cats and dogs, especially when done early. Some people feel that they should allow their pet to have one litter, but good homes are hard to find. Every animal who is intentionally bred takes a home that might otherwise go to a shelter animal in need. In addition, spaying a female cat or dog before she goes into heat even once will greatly reduce her risk of developing mammary, ovarian and uterine cancer.
This clinic is actively assisting individuals and groups working on TNR programs. As similar clinics in other areas have done, we offer walk-in appointments for feral cat caregivers who register with the program because of the uncertainties involved with making an appointment for a feral/community cat who needs to be trapped. Caregivers are asked to bring the feral cat in to the clinic in a live trap as this is the safest way for our staff to handle them with the least stress to the cat.  All feral/community cats will be ear tipped to identify from a distance that they are spayed or neutered as well as microchipped to provide them with a permanent link to their caregiver.  All feral cats altered at the clinic also receive a free FVRCP vaccine, to help keep the community cat population healthier.  Walk-in community cats are only accepted until 9am; there is a limit of two per person a day.  Walk-ins will only be able to have surgery if time permits; we do our best to complete them that day but depending on booked surgery volume and the number of walk-ins we may not be able to complete all of them.

Your pet will be provided with high quality care by a licensed and skilled veterinarian and registered veterinary technicians. Our supplies and medications are the same as those available at any other veterinary clinic. All animals are provided with pain medication following surgery, and have the same procedure as they would at a regular clinic.

We are able to keep our prices as low as we do for several reasons:

  • Our clinic is a high volume clinic – whereas many clinics will do only a few surgeries a day and spend much of their time on wellness visits, emergencies, and critical care, we only offer spay & neuter services. This high volume is used by many spay/neuter clinic to achieve cost savings.
  • Our organization is a registered charity, which means we save on some taxes that would have to be paid by a private business and are able to pass those savings along.
  • This clinic was built by our community, and donations that we received to help with construction costs. Although we do have a construction mortgage to pay off, that mortgage is less than the mortgages that some private clinic owners have to take on to build their clinics.
  • Our clinic is non-profit, and operated on a break-even basis. This is because we are a charity as opposed to a business, where owners rightly expect to make a profit for their work in the business. Veterinarians spend many years in training and investing in their clinics, and while they are doing their jobs because they love animals they also hope to operate a successful business.

  1. http://www.spayneuter.ontariospca.ca/facts.html
  2. Frank, J. and Frank, P., 2006. Analysis of programs to reduce overpopulation of companion animals: Do adoption and low-cost spay/neuter programs merely cause substitution of sources? Ecological Economics 62 (2007) 740-746.
  3. http://www.humanealliance.org/articulate/WorkingwithVets/player.html
  4. Frank, J. and Frank, P., 2006. Analysis of programs to reduce overpopulation of companion animals: Do adoption and low-cost spay/neuter programs merely cause substitution of sources? Ecological Economics 62 (2007) 740-746.