Wellness Clinics

The Carver Scott Humane Society is proud to introduce Wellness Clinic services to our communities! These clinics are designed to serve low-income families with affordable basic veterinary care for their cats and dogs. However, we do not require income verification because we do not believe in creating barriers to care. You do not need to be a resident of Carver or Scott counties to attend.

Each clinic will provide wellness exams, as well as low-cost vaccinations, microchips and nail clipping. The dates for our 2019 clinics are below:

Each clinic will be open from 10am-3pm.

Registration for each clinic will open about a month in advance. To register, click the date you would like to attend and follow the link to the registration page. Pre-registration is required and walk-ins will not be accepted! This will allow us to provide excellent service in a timely manner to everyone in attendance.

Payment is required at the time of registration. If you are not able to pay with a debit or credit card, please contact us at wellness@carverscotths.org to make payment arrangements. Personal checks will not be accepted.

When you register, you will be asked to choose a one-hour appointment window. Please arrive within 15 minutes of your appointment window start time. For example, if you choose the 10am-11am appointment window, we ask that you arrive no later than 10:15am. If you have to change your appointment window time, you must contact us in advance at wellness@carverscotths.org. If you do not contact us in advance, we reserve the right to cancel your appointment.

Have more questions before signing up? No problem! Check out the Frequently Asked Questions below!

Fostering FAQ

+ How do I register?

Visit the main Wellness Clinic page on our website and click on the date you are interested in attending. It will take you to a registration page for that date!

+ Do I have to pay at the time I register?

Yes you do. If you are unable to make an electronic payment, please email us at wellness@carverscotths.org so we can work out a payment arrangement. We will work with you to make sure your pet is cared for.

+ I don’t have regular access to my email, can I still participate?

You absolutely can! We encourage you to check your email a few days before the event for any last minute updates but constant email attention is not needed.

+ Do I have to wait in line the whole time?

Nope! When you register, you can choose a one-hour appointment window. Please arrive within 15 minutes of the start of your appointment window. The max wait time should only be about 15 minutes.

+ I have a dog and a cat. Can I bring both?

You absolutely can! For security purposes, we ask that all cats remain in their carriers and kept away from other animals while waiting. All dogs are required to be on a leash. NO FLEXI-LEADS PLEASE. You are welcome to wait outside (weather permitting) or in your vehicle, if that will keep your pet the happiest. We will have volunteers on site that can direct you to the correct waiting area.

+ My dog or cat gets nervous around new people and/or animals. Will you still see them?

We will do our best! When you register, use the comment box at the end to add any details about your pet that will help us best serve you. If your animal is shy or reactive to other pets or people, we ask that you keep them in your vehicle until immediately before they are seen. Please come in to the clinic at the time of your appointment first to check in so we can make arrangements to see your pet before you bring them into the building. We may need time to find a good spot for them until it is time for their appointment. If applicable, we ask that you keep them in your car and we will come get you when it is time for your appointment!

+ What if I sign up but can’t make it? Do I get my money back?

We ask that you email our Wellness Team with any cancellations so we can service as many members of the community as possible. We will not hold spots for anyone running late, etc. Refunds will only be issued if you cancel your appointment within 5 days of the clinic. Refunds will not be issued 4 days or less before the clinic, or for no-call/no-shows.

+ Do I have to opt in to all services?

You do not! We highly recommend getting your animal microchipped and fully vaccinated, however we respect the decision to opt out of any services you do not want.

+ What are the prices?

Each vaccine is $15 a piece. Microchips are $20. Nail trims are $10.

+ What does the distemper vaccine cover?

For dogs, the DHLPP vaccine they receive is a combo vaccination for the prevention of five different life threatening illnesses: Canine distemper, Infectious canine hepatitis, Canine parainfluenza, canine parvovirus, and Leptospirosis. For cats, the PRC vaccine they receive is a vaccination for the prevention of Panleukopenia, Rhinotracheitis and Calicivirus

+ What is the bordetella vaccine for?

This vaccine is only for dogs and it aids in preventing infectious respiratory disease. We highly recommend this vaccine for every dog, but it is especially important for dogs that visit dog parks, attend boarding or daycare facilities, or regularly interact with other dogs.

+ What is the rabies vaccine for?

This vaccine is for both dogs and cats over three months old to aid in the prevention of rabies. Most cities require all dogs/cats to be rabies vaccinated. Apartment complexes, landlords, groomers and boarding facilities usually require proof of rabies vaccine.

+ Do I get a rabies tag and certificate?

Unfortunately, we are not able to supply you with engraved rabies tags. However, you will get a rabies certificate signed by the veterinarian overseeing the clinic you attended. It will be emailed to you within one week after the clinic, along with any other records for the care your pet received at the clinic. If you require a hard copy by mail, you will receive it within 2 weeks.

+ How often should I vaccinate my dog or cat?

That depends on age and type of vaccine. A member of our wellness team will let you know when the next vaccine is due! Most vaccines are effective for 1 year from the date of vaccination. Our rabies vaccination will protect your pet for up to 3 years.

+ Does vaccinating my pet guarantee that it will never get that disease?

No. There are several factors that influence an animal’s immune response to vaccines. We know that some vaccines may only minimize the effects of a disease. We also know a very small subset of animals will never respond to vaccines no matter how many they receive.

+ Are there any risks to vaccinating?

Immunizations should mildly stimulate the animal’s immune system in order to create protection from specific infectious diseases. This stimulation can create mild symptoms, ranging from soreness at the injection site to fever and allergic reactions.As with any medical procedure, there is a small chance of side effects. In most cases, the risks are much smaller than the risks of disease itself. Most pets show no ill effect from vaccination. On rare occasion, vaccine reactions can occur. The symptoms may be minor and short-lived or require immediate care from a veterinarian. If your pet experiences any of the symptoms below, please contact your primary vet clinic or an emergency vet clinic immediately: Fever Sluggishness Loss of appetite Facial swelling and/or hives Vomiting Diarrhea Pain, swelling, redness, scabbing or hair loss around the injection site Lameness Collapse Difficulty breathing Seizures Lameness

+ What is a microchip?

A microchip is an implantable device no bigger than a grain of rice. A microchip’s sole function is to store a unique ID number that is used to retrieve a pet parent’s contact information in the event that your pet is lost or stolen. The chip is implanted using a slim, hollow needle between your pet’s shoulder blades.

+ If my pet gets lost but is microchipped, can I track them?

No. Microchips are not GPS tracking devices. Microchips require a microchip scanner in order to read who the pet belongs to. These scanners are typically used at veterinary clinics, impounds, and animal control locations.

+ Is microchipping worth the cost?

Absolutely! Animals that escape are more likely to be returned to their owner if they have a microchip! The best part? We register the chip for you so there is no need to worry about that! You will have access to update the chip information whenever you need to free of charge. If you ever have to rehome your pet, the new owner can also update your pet’s chip information free of charge for the lifetime of the pet.

+ If my animal doesn’t cooperate, do I get my money back?

Our Wellness Team is trained in low-stress, safe handling. This means will we do our best to keep the animal happy and stress low if at all possible. If the animal will not cooperate, we will not continue with services and will refund your money for any services not completed.

+ Do you offer any other assistance or services for my pet?

We do! CSHS is proud to offer support to pets and their people through our FurKeeps program. FurKeeps is designed to keep pets with their people. If you need help with pet food, supplies, additional vet services and more, please email us at fur-keeps@carverscotths.org.

+ What should I expect when I arrive at the clinic?

Arrive within 15 minutes of your appointment window start time. Keep cats in carriers and away from dogs. Keep dogs on a short leash - no longer than 6’. Please do not use a flexi-lead during your appointment. You will check in at the front desk and have the opportunity to review your registration information and your pet’s information. Once you check in, a member of our team will direct you to a waiting area. Allowing your pet to interact with other pets in the lobby will not be permitted and could result in you losing your appointment spot. Other animals may have contagious illnesses and are also unvaccinated, and they may also be shy or reactive. For your pet’s safety and the safety of all other pets - members of the Wellness Team will be monitoring and asking residents to separate animals. You will be called when it is time for your pet to be seen, and directed to a room in the back area of our clinic for their appointment. Your pet will be seen by a vet tech or veterinarian for a basic wellness exam, receive the vaccinations you paid for, as well as their microchip and nail clip if you purchased those options. Your pet’s information will be recorded and records will be sent to you within one week of the clinic date by email.