Spay & Neuter Assistance










MBM has reopened their appointment scheduling by phone! So if you can't wait for us, please keep calling the clinic to take your pets to directly (276) 591-5790.

ETSN provides financial assistance for spay-neuter surgeries at Margaret B. Mitchell Spay-Neuter Clinic (MBM) in Bristol, VA. approximately a 45 minute drive from E-town.

We also offer transports to the clinic for an additional $5, if your pet needs a ride.

The transport shuttle typically goes out the 2nd Wed. of every month.
Registration and CASH payment are due before surgery for either option.

Registrations are held at the ETSN Bus at Tractor Supply in Elizabethton on

Saturdays from 10am to 12pm.



 (2 pet limit per household, per transport.)

  • January 13th 6:15 a.m. (Completed)

  • February 10th 6:15 a.m. (Completed)

  • March 10th 6:15 a.m. (Completed)

  • April 14th 6:15 a.m. (Completed)

  • May 12th 6:15 a.m. (Completed)

  • June 9th 6:15 a.m. (Completed)

  • July 14th 6:15 a.m. (Completed)

  • August 11th 6:15 a.m. (Completed)

  • September 8th 6:15 a.m. (Completed)

  • October 13th 6:15 a.m. (Booking)

  • November 10th 6:15 a.m. (Open)

  • December 8th 6:15 a.m. (Open)

For Self-Transports only:

After you register with ETSN and receive your certificate, you must then call or go online to the MBM clinic to make an appointment. We cannot do this for you.

Phone: 276-591-5790


We DO NOT do surgery or shots on the ETSN Purrple Bus, so there's no need to bring your pet to sign up! Payment in CASH required at registration.

Please see below for costs and more info.

Low Prices for spay or neuter surgery, rabies shot,  and supplemental pain injection:

Residents of ANY County are welcome to use our service :

:: DOGS ::

Male or Female : $70


:: CATS ::
Female : $65
Male : $50

 :: Carter County Low Income Fur Fix Sake Program :: 
Residents of Carter County ONLY,
with household income below $30,000 yearly
(I.D. and proof of income required.)

:: DOGS ::

Male or Female : $45


:: CATS ::
Female : $40
Male : $30

If your pet has a current rabies vaccination (with certificate from a vet or clinic), you can deduct $5 from the cost shown above. It does NOT apply to Fur Fix Sake Program. No other discounts will apply. Pets stay overnight at MBM.

When transports are running; transport to the clinic from Tractor Supply in Elizabethton is 6:15 am typically on the second Wednesday of the month, and pets return to the same location at noon the following day. There is an additional $5 transport processing fee for using this service. Please check your sheet for the transport date you have been booked for if applicable. Dogs up to 30 pounds must fit in a small or medium carrier. All others must be able to be walked on a leash by a stranger.

If you are out of our area and in Tennessee, please use this handy locator tool to find a service near you:  👉

*** NOTE ***
If Margaret B. Mitchell Clinic has determined they cannot surgically sterilize your pet for any reason; please call the Carter County Humane Society
(423) 547-3031
for a voucher to other participating veterinary offices.

NEW! If you have outside feral cats, or community cats that you are feeding who need to be fixed, please call the Elizabethton/Carter County Animal Shelter at: (423) 547-6359


MBM is located at 16222 Lee Highway, Bristol, VA 24202 Phone: 276-591-5790.


We are no longer loaning pet carriers, you must provide your own.

NO wire crates, soft-sided carriers, or cardboard carriers permitted.

Large dogs over 30 pounds travel in MBM's carriers;

cost is included in the price shown above.

Please Read the Following!

The following is important information about MBM's surgery requirements and other services.  When you come to sign up, you can select the additional services you want for your pet from MBM if you choose to use our transport.

Please bring payment IN CASH for the total to sign-up. 
Transport reservations will not be taken without payment.

  • Healthy pets from 12 weeks old  up to 6 years, 11 months old can be spayed or neutered at MBM.

  • Pets must weigh at least 4 lbs.

  • Pregnant females can be spayed at an additional cost of $10. Nursing females cannot be spayed.

  • MBM does not spay dogs in heat, but will spay cats in heat.

  • Surgery prices include: pre-op exam by licensed veterinarian; specialized monitoring before, during, and after surgery;
    pre- & post-operative pain management; overnight hospitalization and incision site exam prior to morning release.

  • All pets stay at the clinic overnight and receive a small tattoo to indicate that they have been fixed.

Please note that the veterinarians at the clinic do a health check before surgery and may determine that your pet is not suitable for surgery at that time. Reasons may include: obesity, allergies, heart murmur, or other health reason.
All pets receive an injectable pain medication at time of surgery.

Vaccinations: $10 each  (for pets having surgery only)

  •  Cats: Rabies (free), Feline Distemper $10, Feline Leukemia $10

  •  Dogs: Rabies (free), Distemper/Parvo $10, Kennel Cough $10

(By state law, every animal must have a current rabies vaccination; if you do not have a certificate of proof of vaccination, a vaccination will be given at time of surgery. A rabies tag is NOT sufficient proof.)

​Other Services available: 

  • Canine Heartworm Test: $20    

  • Feline Leukemia/FIV Test: $20

  • Nail trim, free at time of surgery

  • Umbilical hernias:  $15

  • Flea/Tick Treatment: $15

  • Deworming Treatment: $15

  • Microchip: $20

  • 2nd, 3rd Trimester Pregnancies: $10

  • Pain Medication (for 24 hrs. after surgery): $2 (included)

Please note that ETSN is a nonprofit corporation. We are not affiliated with any clinic, shelter, rescue group, or humane society. We do not receive any federal, state, or local government funds, and rely on donations, grants, and volunteer support.

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