Mobile spay and neuter clinic to make Crystal stop

Dr. Meghann Krug, middle, with Kindest Cut, will be making a stop at Crystal's Almsted's Fresh Market to offer low-cost spay/neuter services. (Submitted photo)
Dr. Meghann Krug, middle, with Kindest Cut, will be making a stop at Crystal’s Almsted’s Fresh Market to offer low-cost spay/neuter services. (Submitted photo)

A mobile spay and neuter unit will be making a stop at Almstead’s Fresh Market in July.

From 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Thursday, July  19, Kindest Cut will be offering low cost spay and neuter services for cats, dogs and rabbits at the Crystal grocery store, 4200 Douglas Drive.

The mobile unit started just over a year ago, and since its inception, Dr. Meghann Kruck has performed 8,141 surgeries to help control Minnesota’s rising pet population.

“We wanted to provide spay and neuter surgeries to the public,” Carrie Libera, spokesperson for the Human Society, said. “Animal shelters can’t do surgeries in the public, we can only spay and neuter for those in our care.”

In order to perform public services, the Humane Society needed a veterinarian interested in setting up a private practice.

“I knew the Humane Society was looking for a vet to partner with, and it spoke to me,” Kruck said. “I saw it and went for it.”

Kruck, along with a few veterinary technicians, takes the mobile clinic to different areas around Minnesota. She performs roughly 35 same-day surgeries for people who drop their pets off.

“The mobile unit is great because some clientele may not have the transportation to get to a clinic,” Libera said. “It’s nice for those people. You can’t get on a bus with your dog.”

Kindest Cut is always looking for businesses to volunteer space, and Libera said Almstead’s is a perfect place to stop not only because it has a large parking lot and bathroom facilities, but also because it’s on a main road with easy access.

“We’ve been there a few times and try to get there at least once a month,” Libera said. “It’s kind of a prime location.”

The services Kindest Cut’s offers are available for residents who meet the organization’s requirements including those receiving any financial assistance from programs, WIC, food or medical support, Section 8 housing assistance and income eligibility that calculates a homes annual income with how many people live in the house.

“People absolutely love it, they are so grateful it’s available,” Libera said on people that have taken their pets o Kindest Cut. “It’s for people who want to get their pet spayed or neutered but they had to pay for something else that month.”

Kindest Cut offers their service for $40-100 depending on the sex and size of the animal that an owner brings in.

Libera said the day of surgery owners drop their pets off from 7:30-8:30 a.m. and must pick them up before 4 p.m.

“It’s a simple surgery,” she said. “It’s important, but it’s very simple. Dr. Meghann is very good and efficient. It’s not a life threatening surgery and there are always health reasons why you should do it.”

After being spayed or neutered, a dog is less likely to mark its territory and in kittens after being spayed, chances of mammary cancer decrease to less than 1 percent, Kruck said.

“There are several myths,” she said. “People think you can’t spay or neuter until six months, but that’s a huge myth.”

Kruck said cats and dogs sometimes go into heat at 4-months-old and once that happens, are able to have litters.

“It’s a lot better for animals to get it when they’re younger,” she said. “They heal faster and the incision is smaller.

“People also think that if a pet has one litter, it makes them better pets,” Kruck said. “But even that one litter contributes to overpopulation.”

The more than 8,000 surgeries Kindest Cuts have done over the last year, has helped decrease the cat population by billions, Kruck said.

“Over seven years, a cat and all of its offspring can produce 420,000 cats on average,” Kruck said. “It’s a huge impact and a ripple effect.”

As a vet, Kruck said she has seen many people that can’t care for there pets, let alone get them spayed or neutered.

“It’s so sad,” she said. “It’s a basic human right and if they can’t care for them, the burden falls on someone else.”

Kruck and the Humane Society hope to expand Kindest Cut to the Golden Valley location by incorporating a clinic that people can also visit for low cost spay and neutering in addition to the mobile clinic.

“The goal is to drive down euthanasia to healthy animals,” Kruck said. “We want to prevent that from