Spay & Neuter Assistance












ETSN provides financial assistance for spay-neuter surgeries at Margaret B. Mitchell Spay-Neuter Clinic (MBM) in Bristol, VA. (approximately 45 minute drive from E-town)
Registration and CASH payment are required before surgery.

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

Saturdays from 10am to 12pm.

Currently our transports are on hold and you

must take your pet to the MBM clinic yourselves.

We're sorry for the inconvenience and will

update the transport schedule once it resumes.

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 : $65
(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.)


:: CATS ::
Female : $60
Male : $45

 :: Carter County Low Income Fat Sam Program :: 
Residents of Carter County ONLY,
with household income below $25,000 yearly
(I.D. and proof of income required.)

ALL Dogs & Cats just $10


603 out of 1000 FAT SAM vouchers used from Oct. 10th, 2018 - Jun. 30th, 2020

If your pet has a current rabies vaccination (with certificate from a vet or clinic), you can deduct $10 from the cost shown above. It does NOT apply to Fat Sam 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 USUALLY on the second Wednesday of the month, and pets return to the same location at noon the following day. Please check your sheet for the transport date you have been booked for if applicable.

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.

If you CANNOT keep your scheduled transport date, be courteous and let us know! Call 423-289-5548 and leave a message. We have people waiting to go!

If you prefer to take your pet to the clinic, or need an appointment sooner than our next available transport, you can still signup through ETSN. Please let staff know you prefer this "self-transport" option. This is recommended for larger dogs. Each transport only holds 4 large dogs and we fill up those spots fast. You must still go to a Saturday signup even for the self-transport option to receive ETSN's pricing.

Other MBM information, pricing, & services listed below. (Keep reading)

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 pain medication at time of surgery.

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

  •  Cats: Rabies, Feline Distemper, Feline Leukemia

  •  Dogs: Rabies, Distemper/Parvo, Kennel Cough 

(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

  • 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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Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 2171, Elizabethton, TN 37644
Business Phone:
423-289-5548 (no text)
Please leave a detailed message and we will get right back to you!