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The HUA Low-Cost Spay/Neuter Clinic


By the end of 2013, the HUA Clinic surpassed the number of 12,000 dog and cat patients, preventing over 1 million births. Beginning at the opening day in October of 2003, the clinic gained huge popularity across the four corners of Nebraska, Iowa, Missouri and Kansas, and far into central Nebraska. A long waiting list of clients grew.

The 35-dollar fee requested by the clinic (and waived if it is a burden) includes tests, vaccinations, and anything else our animal welfare veterinarian and staff can do for the health and comfort of the animals.

The clinic, with its state of the art equipment, operates under the high professional standards of our veterinarian, Dr. James Gigstad of Nebraska City. All patients receive pain and antibiotic injections, and oxygen and intravenous support are available at all times. Recovery time is carefully monitored by the clinic staff.

We send our most sincere gratitude to the benefactors of the clinic who make it all possible. The vicious cycle of reproduction has ended in many feral cat colonies. Pitiful big farm dogs have had their last litter of puppies. Many families of limited means will not face the burden of unwanted litters. Animal rescue volunteers working to end the misery have the help that they so greatly deserve. We thank you for caring and helping with this mission of mercy that is so dear to our hearts.

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Spay and Neuter Facts

  • Based on statistics published on the web site of The Humane Society of the United States in 2006:
  • The Estimated ratio of canines to felines is 30:70.
  • Feline average years of fertility: 7
  • Average number of litters a fertile cat can produce in one year: 3
  • Average number of kittens in a feline litter: 4-6
  • Canine average years of fertility: 6
  • Average number of litters a fertile dog can produce in one year: 2
  • Average number of puppies in a canine liter: 6-10

Number of Animals Helped and Births Prevented at the Clinic

Year Total Animals Altered Dogs Puppies Prevented Cats Kittens Prevented Total Estimated Pups & Kittens Prevented by HUA Clinic
2003 38 17 1,632 21 2205 3,837
2004 840 253 24,288 587 61635 85,923
2005 854 263 25,248 591 62055 87,303
2006 1,132 431 41,376 701 73605 114,981
2007 1,332 496 47,616 836 87780 135,296
2008 1,297 464 44,544 833 87465 132,009
2009 1,419 616 59,136 803 84315 143,451
2010 1,473 566 54,336 907 95235 149,571
2011 1,176 387 37,152 789 82845 119,997
2012 1,336 510 48,960 826 86730 135,690
2013 1,287 453 43,488 834 87570 131,058
Totals 12,184 4,456 427,776 7728 811440 1,239,216




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