Veterinary Resources

PetWorks Care Clinic

PETWORKS CARE CLINICS ARE BY APPOINTMENT ONLY AND SPACE IS LIMITED. INTERESTED PET OWNERS CAN CALL 406-549-3934 TO CHECK FOR UPCOMING CLINIC DATES/LOCATIONS AND TO SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT.

  

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

PetWorks Care Clinics promote family health, happiness and well-being by removing barriers to preventive, holistic pet care. We offer (at no cost):

  • A wellness appointment with a veterinarian for vaccines and basic medical advice
  • Training tips for common pet-related problems
  • Collars, leashes, and tags for pet identification
  • Microchipping for the times the tags are missing
  • Humane Education

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.

Low Cost Spay/Neuter Services

Low Cost Spay/Neuter Clinics

We are pleased to launch our new pilot program of 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 be unable to afford these procedures in a regular vet clinic.

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. You may opt out of any of these procedures in the registration form.

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

Please read these rules before registering for an appointment:

  • Surgery appointments are only completed when payment is received. You will be given a link to pay after you submit your registration form.

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

  • Animals cannot have food, treats, or snacks after 9:00PM the night before surgery. Water is fine.

  • If your pet is sick we cannot perform surgery on them.

  • You are able to cancel your appointment up until 4:00PM the day before surgery through the registration software and receive a refund. Day-of cancellations cannot receive a refund but can sometimes be rescheduled. Please call the shelter and ask to speak to the Clinic Coordinator.

  • Any no-shows will not receive a refund and will have to register again for a different surgery appointment as they become available.

  • Please click HERE to read our spay/neuter information sheet and post-operative instructions. You will be provided with a copy of this when you pick up your animal as well.

  • 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) and all cats must come in a secure carrier.

  

Click here to register for a Low-Cost Spay/Neuter Appointment for a Cat

             CATS: $35 (Includes FVRCP vaccine, Rabies vaccine, and microchip)

Click here to register for a Low-Cost Spay/Neuter Appointment for a Dog

             DOGS: $120 (Includes DA2PP vaccine, Rabies vaccine, and microchip)

  

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. For lower cost vets we recommend calling Five Valleys Vet, Pruyn or Missoula Vet for price quotes.

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.

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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