Sterilisations on the quiet
I got off the phone with a caregiver this morning who mentioned she has been sending the cats in to a private vet. She said that a van comes around to pick up the cats and then they take them to a secret clinic where the cats are operated on at night. They are then returned the following night after work. The sterilisations are cheap and she says she has not had any problems so far. However, no one is allowed to know where the clinic is (the clinic is scared people will dump cats there apparently) nor whom the vet is.
This is rather worrying, because last month we did have a complaint I blogged about (and before that another complaint earlier) about a 'secret' vet doing sterilisations. According to this caregiver, the cats returned have all been done properly and she is happy, which is great.
It is strange though that a vet does not want to let anyone know where they are - the caregiver had offered to send the cats in herself but was told no one is allowed to know the address. She also said that the volunteer who picks the cats up is her good friend, but when she asked whom the vet is and where it is, the volunteer said that if she told the caregiver, she could get people into trouble.
Now there will always be some blotched surgeries (though there really shouldn't be too many at all), but if you go to a vet that is registered under the AVA and you think there really was negligence, you can get the AVA to act on the complaint. If you send your cat somewhere and the cat comes back ill or worse dies, whom are you going to take action against?
If someone does offer you cheap sterilisation, make sure it is done at a proper licensed vet.