Remote Area Programs

All rural/ remote models shown on the right require the following:

  • Local Humane Society must have a dedicated s/n phone line; they field calls, schedule appointments and maintain communication with a designated staff person at the service unit (whether it is a mobile, M*A*S*H or private clinic). Humane Society is responsible for income screening.
  • The Humane Society provides advertising and outreach which includes posters, communication w/ social service agencies, etc.
  • Humane Society is responsible for raising funds for educational materials and sliding scale funds. Formulas will help estimate the level of funding.

Equipment provided by the local group differs slightly between programs.

The numbers may differ from one program to the next. Compare the options! Volume is key to success.

It works to combine models!

Comparing Hosting For Rural Spay/Neuter Models

FIX-IT! uses a local private clinic instead of a “visiting” model. The local clinic equals (or close) the cost of a “visiting” model (MASH, etc) and provides a number of surgeries weekly. This is the least labor-intensive rural modelyet can equal or exceed the number provided by the other models (while keeping money local).

For THIS rural model the local group:

  • Provides the standard scheduling, outreach and fundraising for sliding scale
  • Maintains good communication with a main contact at the clinic
  • Provides all forms and educational materials.

Automatically compliant with all state laws

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Off-board recovery mobile unit is a mobile surgery room generally pulled by a truck or van; however recovery space is in a building (like a M*A*S*H). The benefit over a full mobile is that the number of surgeries is not limited by the number of cages. Unlike M*A*S*H there is no equipment to move; the surgery area is permanently set up and temperature controlled.

For THIS rural model the local group:

  • Provides the standard scheduling, outreach and fundraising for sliding scale
  • Arranges a location and brings recovery and check-in tables and supplies
  • Provides volunteer labor

Certain states may prohibit this model

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On-board recovery mobile unit contains the surgery and recovery space. The animals are generally on board from check-in till they go homes. Far more costly to purchase than other rural “visiting” models and it is difficult to use volunteer labor, so may be more expensive to operate.

  • For THIS model the local group: Provides the standard scheduling, outreach and fundraising for sliding scale
  • Arranges a location and provides volunteer labor for check-in

 

M*A*S*H refers to a clinic which is held in a public building such as a fire station. The equipment is set up in the building where it remains through the time the clinic is in operation. Visiting equipment includes surgery tables, anesthesia machines and all surgery supplies M*A*S*H clinics can include multiple veterinarians.

For THIS model the local group:

  • Provides the standard scheduling, outreach and fundraising for sliding scale
  • Arranges a location and brings recovery and check-in tables and other supplies
  • Provides volunteer labor
  • In some cases obtains or arranges oxygen tanks for the surgery table

Certain states may prohibit this model

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