Veterinary Resources

Petworks Low Cost Spay/Neuter Services

We are pleased to launch our new pilot program for low cost spay/neuter services.

Our goal is to improve pet health and decrease the number of homeless pets in our community by providing affordable access to spay and neuter services for pet owners who would otherwise be unable to afford these procedures in a regular vet clinic. While we are thrilled that the price point we have previously offered was clearly popular and affordable, it was not enough to cover the costs of surgery and in order to keep offering these services, surgery fees are higher 2021.

Surgery days are scheduled ahead of time as funds and staff are available. All surgery appointments come with a complementary wellness exam, rabies vaccination, standard booster vaccination, and microchip placement. If your pet haas already has a microchip or has an current vaccination history, please include details in your registration form, or upload proof of vaccination. All animals spayed or neutered by the Humane Society of Western Montana will be tattooed with a small mark to indicate spay/neuter status

Click here to learn more about the benefits and risks of spay/neuter surgery from the American Veterinary Medical Association

We are no longer accepting the old paper applications for our Low-Cost Spay/Neuter Clinics.

Please read these requirements before registering for an appointment:

  • Animal(s) are scheduled to be dropped off between 8:00AM and 8:15AM the day of surgery and picked up between 4:30PM and 5:00PM the same day. We cannot hold animals overnight.

  • Animals cannot have food, treats, or snacks after midnight the night before surgery. Water is fine.

  • If your pet is sick we cannot perform surgery on them. Please call the shelter at 406-549-3934 and leave a message to reschedule.

  • If you cannot make it to the appointment you scheduled, please email the clinic coordinator at clinic@myhswm.org or call the shelter at 406-549-3934 and leave a message. Any no-call/no-shows will not receive a refund and will have to register again for a different surgery appointment as they become available.

  • All cats must come in a secure carrier and all dogs must come on a leash (if you do not have a leash, ask staff for one before getting your dog out of your car).

Payment is required in order to make an appointment. The initial payment is $70 for cats and $120 for dogs. Adult dogs have an additional fee based on their weight and sex. You will be responsible for payment of those aditional fees before you pick them up on the day of surgery. The expected total costs for animals of various weights, sexes, and ages can be found below. 

Cat Fees

Male (any age) $70
Female (any age) $70
Cryptorchid (male with undescended testicle) $90

Dog Fees

Puppy (any sex, under 12 weeks) $120
Male Adult Under 25 pounds $130
Male Adult Over 25 pounds $140
Cryptorchid (male with undescended testicle) $180
Female Adult under 25 pounds $140
Female Adult 25-49.9 pounds $170
Female Adult 50-74.9 pounds $200
Female Adult 75-99.9 pounds $230
Female Adult over 100 lbs $260

  

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If you do not have access to a computer or have any trouble completing the registration form please call the shelter at 406-549-3934 for assistance. If you need additional financial assistance to afford these discounted rates, please email the clinic coordinator at clinic@myhswm.org.

Our spaces and resources for this program are very limited. Spaces full up extremely quickly. You can also check with Animal Control at 541-7387 (must reside in Missoula County) for alternative spay/neuter clinic options.

Spay/Neuter Assistance for Feral Cat Colonies

Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) is a program for feral cats designed to reduce the stray and feral cat populations in the community. Currently we are only able to offer this service to residents outside of Missoula County. TNR is widely accepted as the most humane and effective way of managing and reducing free roaming cat populations. The Humane Society of Western Montana offers a comprehensive TNR program for feral cat colony caregivers, including free trap rental and spay/neuter assistance. Social and adoptable cats and kittens will be admitted to the Humane Society's adoption program, while the remainder of the colony will be spayed or neutered, ear tipped, receive a rabies vaccination and be returned to the colony. Participation in our TNR program is free of charge, but we encourage donations to help continue the program.

To apply for assistance with feral cats, please email clinic@myhswm.org

Visit Alley Cat Allies or ASPCA for more information on feral cats or to learn more about the benefits of TNR.

PetWorks Care Clinic

The COVID-19 pandemic has made it hard to safely offer Petworks Care Clinics. It you are interested in being placed on a waitlist for future dates, please call the shelter at 406-549-3934.

Please see our PetWorks Care Clinc FAQ's for additional information about these clinics

These clinics are offered to low income clients who fall within the guidelines found in our PetWorks Care Clinic FAQ's. However, we recognize that financial challenges can occur for a variety of reasons and that sometimes a financial crisis can develop suddenly. We do not want your best friend and family to suffer because you are experiencing hardship.

Petworks Care Clinics are made possible by The Max & Betty Swanson Foundation.

Veterinary Financial Assistance

Finding Help for Veterinary Bills

  • Look into national and regional organizations who may be able to help. HSUS and Best Friends offer resource pages with lists of organizations providing information about paying veterinary bills and veterinary assistance funds.
  • Consider crowdfunding through websites like GoFundMe or Waggle.
  • Consider temporary credit from resources like CareCredit or Scratchpay.

Nandi Wishcamper Medical Assistance Fund

The Humane Society of Western Montana’s  Nandi Wishcamper Veterinary Assistance Fund assists families and individuals undergoing financial stress who need help caring for their pet’s medical needs or paying medical bills. Examples of procedures covered include:  vaccinations, diagnostic testing, x-rays, lab work, surgical procedures and grooming. We are unable to provide assistance for on-going, maintenance care of a diagnosed issue.

To apply for financial assistance through our Nandi Wishcamper Medical Assistance Fund, please fill out the application form. In order to process your application, we also need an estimate or invoice from the treating veterinarian before we can determine any contributions. Invoices/estimates can be emailed to katie.hofschield@myhswm.org, dropped off in person at the shelter or mailed. Please note that we are only able to submit financial assistance to veterinarians; we are not able to reimburse individuals at this time. Also, please be aware that we have very limited funding and are often limited to contributing to pets residing in or near the Missoula area. As funds are available, we offer one-time, partial assistance for diagnostic exams and treatment.

Assistance for senior pets adopted from HSWM is provided by our Monica’s Joy Fund, supporting the special needs of shelter senior pets.

  

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