Spay & Neuter Services
Gateway Pet Guardians has spent years battling the overpopulation of stray and unwanted animals in the Metro East, but our Spay/Neuter Program might be the ticket to truly ending animal homelessness. Without spay/neuter, both owned and stray animals continue to produce offspring, continuing the vicious cycle that makes rescue work necessary.
Gateway Pet Guardians partners with Carol House Quick Fix Pet Clinic, who performs the spay/neuter surgeries and gives the animals vaccines; and BARC, who subsidizes the surgeries. Thanks to these partnerships, we are able to provide free services to families that qualify. Through our program, pets are picked up and returned to their owners in one day thanks to our transport van.
In 2016, Gateway Pet Guardians started a new approach to controlling the homeless cat population in the Metro East. Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) specifically targets stray and feral cats—cats that otherwise could not be adopted out into a family home. In TNR, cats are humanely trapped and taken to a veterinarian (in our case, Carol House Quick Fix Pet Clinic) to be spayed/neutered and vaccinated. After recovery, the cats are returned to their home—their colony—outdoors. Cats are also eartipped, which is the universal symbol of a spayed/neutered cat. The whole process takes a total of two days.