One Spay at a Time, owned and operated by Dr. Jeanne Hedges, is excited to offer affordable, high quality spaying and neutering for cats in the eastern Iowa area. The program is a “M.A.S.H.” style mobile operation working through local humane societies and rescue groups who provide the space and volunteers to help those who want to stop the suffering and euthanasia of the huge numbers of unwanted cats and kittens. The program will also provide a limited number of other services to improve the health of cats such as parasite control and rabies vaccination.
How it Works
One Spay at a Time teams with a HOST GROUP (humane societies, rescue groups, city governments, churches, farming associations, etc.) that provides the space, volunteers and perhaps some tables and chairs. A minimum of three volunteers is required, who will provide assistance with checking in and out, recovering patients and minor treatments such as nail trimming and ear cleaning. The host group will also be responsible for making appointments and collecting fees. All surgical equipment and supplies will be brought to the facility by One Spay at a Time.
A signed waiver/surgery release form (one for each pet) must be presented before (to your Host Group) or at time of drop-off. The pdf forms are in the Bringing / Picking-Up Your Pet section of this website. Please, download, print and complete the necessary forms.
What about Dogs?
Beginning in October 2012, puppies (over 4 months) and small breed dogs under 30 pounds were added to the program. Unfortunately, larger dogs are only included on a case by case basis - when needed equipment is available.
About the Doctor
Dr. Hedges is a 1999 graduate of Iowa State University, had 7 years of experience in private practice and 6 years of experience in a high quality, high volume spay/neuter facility (HQHVSN) before starting this program. During those six years working in a small, private animal shelter she developed a strong desire to make a difference in the overpopulation problem and resulting euthanasia of millions of cats and kittens. This overpopulation causes unnecessary suffering and miserable deaths of cats all over the United States as cats and kittens are abandoned to live in feral communities in our cities, or populations in rural areas get out of control.
How is it so Affordable?
Most people recognize the importance of spaying and neutering but are unable to utilize the services provided by a standard veterinary clinic. A full-service clinic must charge fees to maintain a large facility; a wide variety of equipment; stocks of medications and supplies and a full clerical and medical staff to provide the highest quality and variety of services everyone would like for their pets. By providing one specialized service with no facility to maintain and relying on volunteers for non-specialized aspects of service, One Spay at a Time is able to charge much lower fees for its services. The quality of the surgery is not compromised to keep these fees so low and a trained veterinary technician will be present at all times to oversee the preparation and recovery of the patients.
Appointments will be made through your local humane society. If you would like to learn if they are participating or would like them to participate, please contact and let them know you want One Spay at a Time to visit your community. Click on this handy link to locate your local shelter.
Bringing / Picking-Up Your Pet
We have provided a downloadable pdf (below) with general instructions. However, each shelter may have specific rules so please, go to your local humane society webpage for further instructions and/or information. You can click here to locate your local shelter.
CAT: You can download and fill-out the
Waiver/Surgery Release Form.
DOG: You can download and fill-out the
Waiver/Surgery Release Form.
CAT: You can download and review the
DOG: You can download and review the
Interested in Trap/Neuter/Return (TNR)?
TNR is not for everyone, but it is one of the more humane methods of getting populations of feral cats under control. The basic theory is that spayed and neutered cats will continue to patrol and defend their territories, discouraging new cats from moving into the area, without adding to the population themselves. For more information on the benefits of this type of program, resources available to help start such a program and advice on how to proceed, go to www.neighborhoodcats.org or www.alleycat.org.