Cat Spaying on Amelia Island

After calling some of our local veterinarians we realized that we could not afford 200 dollars on a cat that we had rescued as good Samaritans.

Cat Spaying on Amelia Island

Cat Spaying on Amelia Island

Last week I set out on a mission to have my daughter’s cat spayed here on Amelia Island so we did not contribute to the growing population of abandoned Kittens.

Gracie is a stray cat that actually did follow my daughter home on the evening of June 13th. Kids always say that pets followed them home and want to know if they can keep them. We know that our daughter was telling the truth because we actually watched the kitten come out of the bushes down the street from our house and follow her and a friend home. After checking the cat out we realized that it was starving and had obviously been abandoned somewhere close by. Our next door neighbors have a few cats so we borrowed some food from them and some kitty litter and watched as Gracie devoured everything we fed her.

I told my daughter that if Gracie hung around, I cannot stand the smell of cat urine so an inside cat is out of the question, then we would get her shots and have her fixed and she could keep her as an outdoor cat with access to the garage as her home.

Gracie, named this because she is anything but graceful, not only stuck around but seemed to really enjoy her new home. She quickly became a part of the family, and I stuck to my original promise. We took her to get all her shots and after an evening recently when Gracie did not come home, we realized it was time to have her spayed before it was too late.

I asked my son to call the Humane Society here on Amelia Island to find out how we went about having her fixed. The Humane society told Alex that they did not do this and gave him the phone number of a place in Jacksonville that could do the job. He called them and left a message. When they called back they told him we would have to take her to Jacksonville, bring our W-2s, last 10 years tax returns, our mortgage papers, first and last born kids, and anything else we thought would help them determine if they could do this for us. I am exaggerating about this, but it was not a pleasant situation.

After calling some of our local veterinarians we realized that we could not afford 200 dollars on a cat that we had rescued as good Samaritans. We did not know what we were going to do.

While driving down 8th Street her in Fernandina Beach I saw the Cats Angels thrift store and decided to stop in and ask them what we could do. I was pleasantly surprised to find out that they not only could handle the whole spaying process but would do it for 30 dollars. The lady I spoke with was extremely nice and scheduled me an appointment to bring Gracie in on Tuesday and we will be able to pick her up on Thursday.

I don’t understand why the Humane Society did not inform us of this, but I am glad I thought to stop in. Gracie will probably not like it too much, but we will be happier. I plan to go back to their store and see if they have anything that we need to help support such a great group.

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4 Comments

  1. Betsy

    Why didn't they tell the above lady with Gracie about River City Community Animal Hospital? Just another very good alternative for low cost spay yet with the personal touch of a private practice. Their web site is rccah.org

  2. sawbonz

    Both Cats Angels and the Nassau Humane Society know of another low cost alternative they7 could have recommended. River City Community Animal Hospital is a higher standard mobile spay and neuter non-profit hospital that has been serving northeast Florida and Southeastern Georgia since 2004. They offer very one-on-one personalized care with a great deal of compassion. They do very thorough exam (which most low-cost places do not) and speak directly with each individual owner and they also provide education about pet health (dogs and cats.)
    This is a wonderful alternative for people who may not be able to afford traditional private practice fees but want the same quality of care and medical standards for their pets and do not want to risk substandard care.
    They can be found at http://www.rccah.org. They are non profit (501(c)3) and they are indeed lower fee but are not lower standard.

  3. Ameliaprivateeye

    Considering Cats Angels is in our community, also a non-profit, and is also interested in reducing the population of unwanted cats, finding them good homes and taking care of strays… I was astonished that the Nassau County Humane Society appears not to suggest any other organization. Referring locals to local businesses – for better health, to help assure social responsibilities of pet ownership and the best general welfare of “our collective” local animal population is all of their goals. Generally these organizations want the best for the animals, so why not offer local resources where one could simply inquire, even if you don't call it a “referral”?

    Maybe is was the first day on the job for a new volunteer?

  4. CATADVOCAT

    Cats Angels has a business arrangement with FCNMHP. They are, as the vast majority of shelters, interested in the “lowest bidder” for spay and neuter services. The individual pet is but a “unit,” and the economics of the shelter situation (all shelters are lacking in needed funds) results in a philosophy that the CHEAPEST service is the “best.”
    Here in Amelia and around Nassau County, we have a wide variety of private practitioners (vets) from which to choose. There is an excellent feline veterinarian right here. Excellent quality service is available for those who can afford it BUT ALSO VALUE BETTER CARE FOR THEIR PETS. Not all people do.
    As a result, Cats Angels and the local HS (and the “pound”) will refer The FCNMHP option to people who want to save money far and above any concern for better medical care. The business relationship they have with the group they send cats to in Jacksonville benefits both Cats Angels and that group. The only goal is saving money. And if that is what folks want, that is exactly what they get, and they cannot complain.
    However, if good care at lower cost is more important, there are many other options, but that all depends on the owner's priorities and financial situation and willingness to take some risks.
    It is just a shame that the general public doesn't know about the other options so they can make their own choices, although a littel internet research (or even checking with local vets) might give them more information.

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