We recently fundraised for and purchased a state-of-the-art mobile spay/neuter clinic to take our surgery efforts on the road. We want to eliminate all barriers by bringing our services to areas of need.
This is the only such program of its kind on the Big Island. It will enable pet owners with limited financial means or transportation to fix their pets, eliminating the possibility of accidental litters which become a community problem and add to HIHS's challenge of addressing pet overpopulation.
HIHS's Mobile Spay & Neuter Waggin' is staffed with a professionally trained and fully licensed veterinarian. They are supported by our veterinary assistants and volunteers. Our team follows all guidelines by nationally recognized organizations regarding high-quality, high-volume spay/neuter clinics.
Our next surgery date is Tuesday, April 16, 2019 at St. Jude's Episcopal Church in Ocean View. To schedule a surgery, call 808-796-0107. All surgeries must be scheduled in advance. Due to limited space, we are unable to accommodate drop-ins.
Does my cat or dog qualify for surgery on the Mobile Spay & Neuter Waggin'?
HIHS strives to make spay and neuter accessible and affordable for all Big Island, Hawaii residents. Low-income pet parents or those with limited transportation residing on the Big Island qualify for our free spay neuter services on the mobile clinic. If you are able to come to our shelter for our free services, please do not utilize the mobile clinic. Space is limited and we want to provide our services to those who need it most.
What services are provided for pets?
- Spay or neuter surgery
- Nail trim, offered for an additonal $5 per animal with spay/neuter surgery
- Microchip, offered for an additional $10 per animal with spay/neuter surgery
- Hawaii County dog license, available for $2.10 per animal with spay/neuter surgery
What locations will you be at and how can I schedule my pet(s) for spay/neuter on the Mobile Spay & Neuter Waggin'?
- Check our Facebook and this website for dates, locations and to sign up.
Which animals will be accepted for surgery?
All animals will be examined by a veterinarian to determine if they appear healthy and can undergo surgery aboard our Mobile Spay & Neuter Waggin'. We generally accept:
- Healthy dogs and cats
- Puppies and kittens who are at least eight weeks old and weigh at least two pounds
- Female dogs in heat
- Female cats in heat
- Feral cats. Feral cats will be tested for Feline AIDS and Leukemia prior to surgery.
Which animals will the Mobile Spay & Neuter Waggin' NOT accept for surgery?
- Rabbits, guinea pigs, livestock, or any animal who is not a cat or dog
- Unhealthy animals or those with contagious illnesses (Animals should not be coughing or sneezing, and should not have watery eyes, runny noses, mange, or ringworm.)
- Animals in the care of an animal welfare or rescue organization. Click here to learn more about our spay/neuter services for local rescue groups.
Staff may encourage a spay/neuter at a veterinary hospital for certain animals, depending on the findings of the veterinary examination:
- Female dogs and cats who are nursing puppies and kittens (It is ideal to wait to spay a mother until one month after she weans her litter.)
- Male animals with only one testicle
- Pregnant cats and dogs
- Animals over five years of age
- Short-nosed (brachycephalic) breeds, such as bulldogs, pugs and Persian cats
How many pets can I bring for spay/neuter surgery?
- HIHS encourages Big Island residents to spay/neuter all household cats and dogs.
- Residents are welcome to bring all pets to a Mobile Spay & Neuter Clinic Waggin' location, but due to high demand for services, a policy of two pets maximum per household, per clinic day MAY be applied.
I run a local rescue group on the Big Island. Where can I bring my cats and dogs to be spayed/neutered?
Spay/neuter surgery is provided for animal rescuers through our spay/neuter clinics at the Kona or Keaau shelters. HIHS's shelter locations provide high-quality spay/neuter services to dogs and cats adopted at our shelters, owned by residents, and those managed by local animal rescue groups. Click here to learn more.
How should I prepare my pet(s) for spay/neuter surgery?
- Animals should not have food after midnight the day prior to surgery.
- A small amount of water the morning of surgery is ok.
- Bring cats in carriers with one cat per carrier, unless they are kittens from the same litter.
- Bring dogs on leashes.
- If your puppy is less than one year old, or not fully vaccinated, please bring them in a carrier. One puppy per carrier, unless they are from the same litter.
What occurs when I arrive at the site of the Mobile Spay & Neuter Waggin'?
- Clients should arrive at the location between 7:30 A.M and 8:00 A.M for check-in. Check-in times may vary, so check with HIHS when you book your appointment for actual time.
- The clinic serves approximately 10-15 animals per day for those that have a scheduled appointment. If there are open spaces available, we may accept walk-ins on a first-come, first-served basis until full.
- An HIHS representative will assist with animal sign-in.
- Be prepared to wait up to one hour for intake of animals.
- Please be prepared to pick up your pet at approximately 4:00 P.M. Pickup times may vary, so check with the onsite HIHS representative for actual time during check-in.
- While waiting, please be courteous and considerate of neighbors, fellow clients, and private property. Please pick up after your animal.
How should I care for my pet after surgery?
When your dog or cat is discharged from the Mobile Spay & Neuter Waggin', we will provide you with instructions for post-operative care. You can also download them here:
Post-Operative Care Instructions (PDF)