Twin Ports Spay and Castration Close

DULUTH, Minnesota – “We do about a hundred surgeries a week. So most vet clinics would happily do this in about a month, so the volume that we can achieve is amazing. The fact that we can keep it cost-effective too,” said Chelsea Bartels, Certified Veterinary Technician at Twin Ports Spay and Neuter.

Twin Ports Spay and Neuter, a small privately owned clinic that has been an integral part of the community for the past 13 years, is closing.

“We have customers from the Twin Cities to Canada, from North Dakota to Wisconsin. It’s not just the Duluth area, there are people from all over the world using our services. We also work with around 13 rescue partners,” says Bartels.

At the end of October, the clinic was informed by the property manager that the premises would be rented to another company, forcing them to vacate the building on January 1st.

“When we found out about the closure, we knew immediately that we couldn’t accept any new appointments, we switched off our appointment portal, all of that. That’s why we’re not accepting any new appointments. The great thing is that there are still vet clinics out here that are still behind on appointments,” says Bartels.

The clinic had bookings through February and will aim to complete all scheduled appointments before December 15.

“This is really sad as I am enjoying the impact we are seeing for the community including in reducing pet overpopulation. I’m a little devastated, I’ve been working here for eight years now as if this building is essentially our home. When we teamed up with Animal Allies to build it, it was the first of its kind, it was the first brick and mortar building in Minnesota,” says Bartels.

Employees say the company’s low service costs have enabled more animals to be spayed and neutered, leading to a reduction in pet overpopulation, stray cats and overrun rescue organizations. Now, staff say they expect an influx of pet overpopulation, overcrowded animal shelters, as well as an increase in human homelessness.

“For public assistant housing, your pet must be spayed or neutered and up to date on vaccinations. There are people out there who rely so much on their pet that if they cannot have their pet spayed or spayed for a reasonable price they will either become homeless themselves or have to part with their pet and they will look after themselves instead homelessness decide,” says Bartels.

Twin Ports Spay and Neuter is currently looking for new premises. If you want to help, you can donate to GO-FUND-ME, which will be set up on its website and Facebook page in the next few days.