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Brutus won the Halloween contest and the voting is now over. Thanks to everyone who voted!

Trap, Neuter, Release Program

We accept feral/community cats through our Trap, Neuter, Release Program. Please drop off before 11am Monday-Friday. We only accept feral cats that come in a humane trap, also known as a havahart animal trap. For more information about the program please CLICK HERE.

Seeing stray cats? We can help -- for FREE!

Our Community Cats Program is the humane and effective way to reduce the number of cats living on the streets in Pima County. Community cats are the un-owned outdoor or feral cats who live in our neighborhoods.

Our Community Cats Project provides:

  • Spaying or neutering and vaccination. Over time, their numbers are reduced -- at no cost to the caretaker.
  • Ear-tipping of spayed or neutered cats. A painless procedure, an ear-tip is the universal symbol of a spayed or neutered outdoor cat.

The benefits include:

  • Prevents unwanted litters;
  • Saves taxpayer dollars by keeping cats out of our county shelter;
  • Decreases the number of cats being euthanized in our shelter;
  • Helps improve the health of outdoor cats; and
  • Reduces nuisance behaviors like spraying, fighting, howling, and roaming.

To be fixed for free through this program, cats must meet the following criteria:

  • The cat lives strictly outside.
  • The cat has no known owner (must not have a collar with ID or microchip).
  • The cat appears to be healthy.
  • The cat is at least 2 pounds, which is roughly 8-10 weeks of age.
  • All cats must be returned to their original colonies after surgery (dumping cats is illegal).

9/14/17 - Asavet Vehicle Collision

On 9/14/17 the Asavet-mobile was involved in an accident. We were the only vehicle to sustain damage. We are insured and there were no injuries. We will keep you updated on the status of the automobile and our work. We thank you for your patience and understanding during this time.

2017 Winter Update

All of us here at Santa Cruz Vet Clinic wish you and yours a joyous and healthy Holiday Season. The year has flown by so fast! Please note that we will be closed at noon on December 23rd and reopen on Tuesday December 27th to allow our staff to spend time with their families for the Holiday season. Please call to request refills on prescriptions early so your pet does not run out of medication over the long holiday weekend!

Things are looking great for 2017. We have expanded our staff to help our clients and improve efficiency, so you may see some new faces up front when you come in to the clinic. Please welcome Lisa and Maria to our team in the front office. Both Lisa and Maria have years of experience in the animal welfare world working with Dr. Neal and are a great addition to our team. Yumi and Amanda are working in the back of the house to assist with surgery and animal recovery in surgery.

2016 was a year full of challenges with adding our new software system, going computerized with our vaccination system, and trying to meet the huge increase in demand for services at our clinic, all why continuing to support the Best Friends feral cat program and meet the needs of our long-term patients! We thank you for trusting in us and for sticking with us through these often-frustrating growing pains. We anticipate 2017 to be a very busy and successful year with improved waiting times and a fully operational staff.

We have a committed team of 4 doctors here to help you at Santa Cruz:

Dr. Neal’s focus will remain on surgery, helping with referrals from other veterinarians in our community, and working with the Tohono O’Odham reservation to start offering regular remote care to animals on the Reservation; something she has been working on for several years. In addition, as CEO of the Asavet mobile unit, she will be overseeing operations of the non-profit wing of our clinic to continue to offer free and low-cost care for our community.

Dr. Barrett is on board to help with both routine surgeries and the high demand for appointment times we have. Dr. Barrett loves spay and neuter and helping the animals which are referred to us from local animal welfare rescue groups. Dr. Khalsa and Dr. Barrett are also helping to perform spays and neuters at Pima Animal Care two days a week to help relieve the hard-working vets at Animal Care.

Dr. Khalsa will continue to offer support in all arenas, including traveling with Asavet’s new mobile unit, which now goes to places in both Arizona and New Mexico. Dr. Khalsa joined us officially in April of 2016 and has hit the ground running! Both her and Dr. Barrett are also licensed in New Mexico to help with mobile spay and neuter clinics in remote areas of New Mexico.

Many of you remember Dr. Green. Dr. Greene has been a steadfast member of Santa Cruz Vet for many, many years, and continues to support us by seeing routine appointments at the clinic. She is also our Saturday vet to help clients who are needing weekend appointments to meet their needs.

Please check out our facebook pages and our non-profit’s activities at WE are always looking for dedicated volunteers to assist with our community clinics. Please contact us at if you are interested!