Mobile vet fixes pets for low income owners

The approximately 20-foot long straight truck was in Princeton again last Thursday, its insides full of cages of mostly cats that either had undergone surgery there that day, or would be soon.

The truck contained the workings of a business named Kindest Cut that offers low-cost spaying and neutering of dogs, cats and sometimes rabbits, owned by low-income persons.

Kindest Cut is owned and operated by veterinarian Meghann Kruck, and works in partnership with the Animal Humane Society. Kruck is assisted by three part-time, certified veterinary technicians. One of these assistants could be seen last Thursday, placing into cages cats that had gone through surgery, or taking cats out and preparing them for surgery.

The idea behind Kindest Cut, Kruck said, is to reduce the overpopulation of “unwanted and unneeded puppies and kittens.”

A large number of cats and dogs become homeless and almost 50 percent get euthanized, even the healthier ones, Kruck continued. Kindest Cut also exists to provide much needed medical care for a portion of the community who otherwise could not afford it, Kruck said.

The animal shelters are unable to keep up with the number of unwanted dogs and cats, exhausting all their funds, she added.

People who want to bring either their dog, cat, or even rabbit to Kindest Cut, must call for an appointment and present proof, during the appointment, of their income eligibility. That would be proof of income or participation in any number of government aid programs.

September this year was the first time that Kindest Cut was in Princeton. Kindest Cut  plans to be in Princeton the last Thursday of each month.

Kruck and her team handled 44 animals in Princeton last Thursday, of which most were cats.

“Right now is kitten season,” Kruck said. “Kittens are typically born spring through fall.”

The idea for a mobile surgical unit like this started a few decades ago in other states, according to Kruck. “It is great,” she said about the work that she and her assistants perform. “We love what we do and we’re incredibly good at it. We help a lot of people.”

Since starting about 1 1/2 years ago, the Golden Valley-based Kindest Cut team has spayed and neutered close to 11,000 animals, Kruck said.

Asked about what other veterinarians think of Kindest Cut, which is subsidized by the Animal Humane Society, Kruck said that most veterinarians don’t mind its operation. Kindest Cut’s pamphlet states that its fees range from $40 to $100, and that the fee range for a similar service at non subsidized veterinarian clinics is $100-$300.

“We’re very careful that they (Kindest Cut’s clients) meet income qualifications,” Kruck said.

Kindest Cut operates in an area going as far north as Bemidji and Leech Lake, south to Owatonna, east to Forest Lake and the city of Wyoming and west to Golden Valley. It has a five-day per week schedule and can usually get pets in within about a week after being booked. More information is available online at kindestcutmn.com and they can be reached by calling 763-489-7729.

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