RHINELANDER, Wis. (WSAU) - What started out as a low-cost way to help pet owners stop unwanted litters is highly successful after their first year. It’s called The Fix Is In, and Karla Ortman’s mobile veterinary team travels to several communities including Rhinelander, Wausau, Antigo, Minocqua, Mercer, Conover, Crandon, and Medford.
The Fix Is In began with a need for lower cost spay and neuter services, some guidance from the ASPCA, and some startup money. “We took advantage of an opportunity through the ASPCA (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) to start a mobile style clinic. They helped us to get started with some funding and training, and that’s how it all began.” She says, “The funding actually came from Petsmart Charities, and it allowed us to purchase the equipment for the clinic as well as some start-up supplies.”
The Fix Is In is a non-profit traveling specialty clinic that only does spay and neuter services for cats and dogs. Ortman says their limited scope and travelling business model helps keep the costs down. “We still provide the high quality service but at a lower cost. We don’t have the overhead that private practice does. We don’t have the brick and mortar, we don’t have the staff like they have, so it’s a smaller operation and we’re able to keep our costs low.”
Every animal is given a physical exam to make sure they are a good candidate for spay or neuter services. Whenever they find other health issues, the pet and their owner are referred to their regular veterinary clinic.
The Fix Is In works closely with several humane societies, since having dogs and cats fixed helps solve the overpopulation problems. “Preventing unwanted litters and lowering the number of homeless pets in our area starts with the spaying and neutering, and by decreasing the number of unwanted pets, that helps out the humane societies a lot, so you know, it’s a partnership.”
They are looking at possibly adding more communities to their service area. Ortman says the days are long, and they are on their feet all day, but it’s worth it.
You can learn more about them online.