Close to Dr. Carie’s heart is her Adoption Option program. While attending University of Florida she had extensive first-hand experience with spaying and neutering through the school’s shelter medicine and Operation Catnip programs and is committed to all the spays and neuters she can do in an effort to address the overpopulation issue. With her pediatric spay/neuter training she can safely perform these procedures on kittens and puppies as young as 7-8 weeks old. With so many unwanted (owned or non-owned) kittens being born, Dr. Carie offers to take them for a nominal charge of $35 each provided they are weaned, healthy, and socialized. She also acquires kittens form several local Animal Shelters. After spaying/neutering and initial vaccinations they are put up for adoption through the hospital or the Pets ‘n Pals shop located in the Albany Mall.
However, all cats are not lucky enough to find homes. Unsocialized or feral cats cannot be adopted and Dr. Carie also offers services for these often forgotten animals. Using the proper traps, these feral cats can be brought in to be spayed/neutered, vaccinated, given rabies, de-wormed and left ear flattened, then returned to where they were caught, for a nominal fee. This assures the colony will not get any bigger and the cats are healthy. Over time the colony will get smaller naturally.
Following up on her commitment to finding homes for abandoned or relinquished kittens Companion Animal Hospital also provides an adoption facility for limited number of puppies. When these sweet babies are adopted the new owner receives a puppy/dog that has already been spayed/neuters, de-wormed, and it’s first series of vaccinations.
This is Dr. Carie’s way of giving back to her hometown. The positive side for her business is many of her adopted puppies and kittens return to Companion Animal Hospital for her loving and caring services. We are the only veterinarian hospital to have shelter license.