Barn Buddies is a low-cost spay/neuter program for friendly outdoor cats that was started in 2007. People with outdoor barn cats are, typically, a segment of the population that does not normally seek out veterinary care for their animals, but whose animals continue to contribute to the high number of cats in our county. Preference is given to Washington County residents but if we have room, we will also accept cats from neighboring counties.
The Barn Buddies program has been extremely well received and we often hear from clients who otherwise wouldn’t be able to provide this care because of the multiple cats on their property.
For just $35 (male) or $60 (female), your lovable mouser will receive:
- Revolution Treatment – a flea, tick and ear mite preventative good for one month
- Ear cleaning and removal of small matts/burrs if necessary and if they tolerate it
**Out of county male cats are $50 and out of county female cats are $75! Sign up today!**
With surgery, there are always risks. Although rare, sometimes an animal’s heart will stop during the procedure and you must be aware of that remote possibility.
The Barn Buddies program is available one Friday a month March through November, so space is limited. While preference is given to Washington County felines, we will also accept cats from neighboring counties if space is available.
If you are interested in our Barn Buddies program, please contact the WCHS Operations Manager at 262-677-4388. She would be happy to explain the program in detail and get your barn cats scheduled for surgery.
Barn Buddies Information
For your cat to qualify for our Barn Buddies program, they must meet ALL the requirements below:
- Weighs at least 2, preferably 3, pounds. Patients weighing less then 3 pounds will not receive a rabies vaccine.
- Not a nursing mother. Nursing mothers will not be accepted until after the kittens are weaned and off of mom for at least two weeks. This gives mother’s milk an opportunity to subside. If the mother cat is too full of milk when she is presented to the surgery clinic she will be sent home. We are unable to make a surgical incision through milk glands, as this will almost certainly cause a serious infection.
- If the animal you are bringing has bitten you within the last 10 days and drawn blood we are unable to perform the surgery. The law states that the animal must be quarantined for 10 days and see a vet three separate times to ensure it is free of rabies. If your cat has bitten you, please give us a call and we will transfer your cat to the next available clinic date if space is available.
- Must be healthy. Our vet reserves the right to deny services for any animal they feel is not healthy enough to have surgery. If the animal is found to be sick and unable to undergo surgery we will call you. A prompt pick up is expected, as we do not want to expose other cats to illnesses.
Note: Any cat that is up to date on vaccines or is on medication must come to the clinic with the appropriate vet records.
In addition to the services listed above, an ear tipping will also be performed on each cat while they are under anesthesia.
Ear tipping means that the top ¼ inch of the cat’s left ear will be removed. This indicates that the cat is part of a managed outdoor colony and has been spayed/neutered. If you are not comfortable having an ear tipping performed on your cat, then you must go to a vet clinic for spay/neuter. It is a part of our program and no exceptions will be made.
Pre & Post-Surgical Instructions
- Pre-Surgical Instructions – Any patient over 16 weeks old must be fasted the night before the surgery. They must not have any food after 9:00 pm, but they may have water. The patient/patients should be confined in any area without access to any food, including mice, rats, birds, etc.Any patient under 16 weeks old should NOT be fasted. If they are fasted they will not maintain the appropriate blood sugar levels.All cats must arrive to the clinic in a carrier. We prefer that each cat arrives in their own separate carrier. Although they may get along well, they may not want to share the same small space after surgery. When transporting animals to the shelter they must be inside your vehicle, not in your trunk or the back of an open bed truck. Drop off time is between 7:15 and 7:45am. The owner MUST be the one to drop off as there is a surgical release form that must be signed.
- Post-Surgical Instructions – Pick up time is between 4:00 and 5:00pm. If you arrive later then 5:15 p.m. your cat will be boarded at WCHS overnight, which will result in additional fees and may cause your cat to become sick.Keep in mind that your cat/cats will not be feeling great after their surgery. For at least the first 3 days, post-op, they should be kept in a warm (60-70 degree), draft-free environment that is safe from animals that may do them harm.Upon pick up of your cat/cats, you will receive aftercare instructions, as well as a rabies certificate and proof of distemper and spay/neuter.You may call WCHS at 262-677-4388 with any questions. If there is a post-operation concern with your cat, you will need to contact your own veterinarian.
- Pregnancy Should a female cat present to the surgery clinic pregnant, she will be spayed. We do not have access to ultrasound equipment or x-rays to confirm a pregnancy, therefore, we will continue with the scheduled surgery as planned.Palpation of the abdomen is not 100% accurate. A suspected pregnancy may not be a pregnancy at all. There is always a possibility that the cat has a belly full of worms, is suffering from a uterine infection, or just has a full bladder.If you suspect that your cat may be pregnant, and you are not comfortable having her altered, you must call us ahead of time. You can then be removed from the surgery clinic and transferred to another clinic day.
- Previously Altered Cats. If a cat at the clinic is found to be previously altered, he/she will still receive their rabies and distemper vaccines, an ear tipping, Revolution, and an ear cleaning.We will not be obligated to call for permission to perform any of the above procedures.*No refund will be made in the event that the spay/neuter procedure is not needed.
Scheduling & Payment
To schedule your cat for a Barn Buddies clinic day, you must call The Washington County Humane Society at (262) 677-4388.
You will need to provide the following during the call:
- Your full name
- Phone number
- County you reside in
- Information on all the cats you would like to be altered
*You will not be permitted to bring any cats to the clinic that you did not schedule.
Payment must be made in full when registering. You can come in to WCHS and pay with cash, check, Visa, or Mastercard, or we can accept Visa or Mastercard over the phone. We ask that you do NOT mail your payment.
We do not issue refunds for any reason. Once you have signed up, you are expected to come to your scheduled clinic date. If you can not make your scheduled date, please call us prior to your appointment. We can transfer you to another clinic day if space is available. If you must cancel, it must be done no more than five days before the clinic date or you forfeit the money you paid.