Spay Pod at Kealia Farm

  • Dennis Fujimoto/The Garden Island

    The Spay Pod is located in the Kealia Farms’ market section.

  • Dennis Fujimoto/The Garden Island

    Spay Pod volunteer Gigi Chandler prepares for the next round of surgeries, Wednesday at the Spay Pod’s Kealia Farms location.

  • Dennis Fujimoto/The Garden Island

    Dr.Katie Spaulding of the Spay Pod adjusts recovering patients to accomodate them from the afternoon sun qt its Kealia Farms location.

  • Dennis Fujimoto/The Garden Island

    Dr. Katie Spaulding of the Spay Pod checks on the recovery of patients following surgery, Wednesday at the Spay Pod’s Kealia Farms location.

KEALIA — The Animal Balance Spay Pod has moved and is now sterilizing animals at Kealia Farm with the ability to serve between 30 and 40 cats daily.

Part of a large-scale, coordinated effort to reduce the population of feral cats on the island, the Spay Pod landed on Kauai in January and is the only semi-mobile spay and neuter clinic of its kind on the island. Other places for spay and neuter services are at local veterinarians or at Kauai Humane Society.

KHS provides surgeries on Tuesdays and Thursdays on site at a cost of $60 for cat spay and $40 for neuter, with accompanying microchips at $20 a piece.

KHS does have a mobile spay and neuter program, and it is on hold because the van dedicated to the program is broken down. With the current budget and funding, Executive Director Mirah Horowitz says the focus at KHS will be on strengthening spay and neuter on site before reopening the mobile clinic.

But the Spay Pod is able to hop around the island occasionally and spent its first three months at All Saints’ Episcopal Church in Kapaa. It arrived after several mobile animal sterilization hospital clinics were hosted by Animal Balance on Kauai, sterilizing more than 600 animals.

The pod was funded by Animal Balance in partnership with the Kauai Community Cat Project and is an extension of the mission of those two nonprofit organizations.

Cost for the surgeries is $50 and that includes a microchip.

Animal Balance has been partnering with organizations on Kauai since 2015, said Animal Balance spokeswoman Elsa Kohlbus.

“Three high volume MASH campaigns have been held, targeting both dogs and cats, to assist the community with humanely managing their populations, while also helping protect the island’s most at-risk species,” she said.

The Spay Pod is an integral piece to the overall effort because it provides a consistent, low-cost option for sterilizations and builds on the large-scale, targeted efforts of the MASH clinics, Kohlbus said

It’s staffed with a trained veterinarian and a veterinary technician, and local volunteers help with surgeries.

The Spay Pod is meant to be able to roam as needed. There’s always been a vision that the pod would move and serve different areas of the island, Kohlbus said.

The Spay Pod will continue to be open to the public two days per week ­— Monday, Wednesday or Friday; with the schedule varying weekly — to provide sterilization surgeries for both owned and community cats. Drop off for cats is between 8 and 8:30 a.m. and pick up is around 2:30 p.m.

Proceeds will be used to support the Spay Pod. To make an appointment, email spaypod@animalbalance.org or call 650-2720.

2 Comments
  1. gordon oswald April 17, 2019 7:47 am Reply

    Everyone would save a lot of time and money if the County just put a bounty on feral cats of say $20 apiece. Our locals could make some significant money for ridding the Island of predators that are killing thousands of birds, geckos, and other animals, on Kauai every week? Let’s save the birds, and do it quickly! A few are in danger of going extinct in the next few short years! Do it NOW! Stop putting a meaningless band aid on a significantly severed artery in the name of “I love animals”! If you truly loved animals you would make the hard choice and get it over with.


    1. Leslie April 18, 2019 1:00 am Reply

      Seriously that is an ignorant comment!!


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