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Spay/neuter and vaccination: upcoming clinics near you

Getting your pets spayed or neutered and vaccinated is essential to their health and our community’s health.

We know it can be challenging to find veterinary resources when and where you need them, but there are many organizations offering these services near you that you may not know about. Here’s a schedule of upcoming spay/neuter and vaccination clinics across the Navajo Nation:

November 29–30

The Navajo Nation Veterinary Program

Location:  The Chinle Veterinary Clinic in Chinle, AZ

How to schedule your appointment: Call the Chinle Veterinary Clinic at 928-674-2069 to secure your appointment with a $10 deposit.


December 10–11

Soul Dog Rescue

Location: The Shiprock Chapter House in Shiprock, NM

How to schedule your appointment: If you would like to schedule an appointment at one of the pop-up Soul Dog Rescue spay/neuter clinics, please go to the Soul Dog website, click on the “Tribal Lands” tab and follow the instructions. You can also email appt@souldog.org, or call or text 303-999-6424.


December 16–18

The Parker Project

Location: The Tonalea Chapter House in Tonalea, AZ

How to schedule your appointment: To see the most current schedule and to make an appointment for spay/neuter, go to The Parker Project website, click the “Where We Are Going” tab, follow the instructions and click “Schedule Appointment.”

If you have trouble filling out the online application, please text 480-462-9290.

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Best Friends is working with Navajo Nation Animal Control and the Navajo Nation Veterinary Program, along with spay/neuter and rescue organizations, to save the lives of more cats and dogs in the Navajo Nation animal control facilities.

We’re also working to address the overpopulation of free-roaming dogs and to increase public awareness around animal-related issues. And we need your help.

You can make a difference and save lives right here in the Navajo Nation by taking advantage of local spay and neuter clinics, and by volunteering, fostering an animal or adopting.

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Local veterinary and pet wellness services

In addition to the spay/neuter and vaccination clinics, there are several veterinary offices in the Navajo Nation that offer pet services.


Desert View Veterinary Clinic

Dr. Carol Holgate | Tuba City, Arizona

For information about services offered, hours of operation, and scheduling an appointment please call (928) 283-6184.


Navajo Nation Veterinary Program

Clinics in Tse Bonito, Chinle, and Shiprock

For information about services offered, hours of operation, and scheduling an appointment please visit the Navajo Nation Veterinary Management website.


Rez Vet

Dr. Adrienne Ruby | Dilkon, Arizona

For information about services offered, hours of operation, and scheduling an appointment please call (928) 521-6241.

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Adopt to help save lives

If you’re considering adding a new pet to the family, we urge you to consider adoption from a rescue or nearby shelter.

By adopting, you’re giving a homeless pet a loving home, while making space for another pet to be rescued. You’re also bringing home a pet that is vaccinated, and spayed or neutered.

To adopt in Navajo Nation, please contact Navajo Nation Operation Puppy Rescue, a program of the Navajo Nation Veterinary Program.

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Volunteer to help save the lives of cats and dogs

You can make a tremendous difference in the lives of homeless pets by volunteering to support our lifesaving programs in the Navajo Nation.

There are so many ways to get involved. You can help out at a spay/neuter and vaccination clinic, give lifts to pets from shelters to rescue groups for adoption, or foster a dog or cat until the animal can be transported.

Email our outreach team at outreach@bestfriends.org to get started.


Help at a spay/neuter and vaccination clinic

There are a range of tasks you can help with at the spay/neuter and vaccination clinics, such as checking in pets, cleaning kennels, assisting with surgery recovery and helping with paperwork. No experience? No problem. We will provide training and support.


Become a transport driver

Do you love animals? Do you love to drive? If your answers are yes, we have a great volunteer opportunity for you. We are always looking for people to help get animals from shelters to rescue groups where they can be adopted.


Open your home to a foster pet

Because of the high volume of animals entering the shelters, we often receive urgent calls from the kennel officers asking us to find homes for dogs, cats, puppies and kittens to make space for more. Rescue groups often need a bit of time to arrange for incoming animals. That’s where you come in.

By fostering a pet — providing love and care while an animal waits to be transferred to a rescue group and adopted — you’re helping to prepare that animal for life in a home, while freeing up space in shelters to help more pets.

To foster a pet in the Navajo Nation, you'll need to be in compliance with the Navajo Nation Animal Control ordinance.

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