Meet Dr. Tiffany

Meet Dr. Tiffany

We’re delighted to introduce Dr. Tiffany Kutner, SAFE Care Spay/Neuter Clinic’s medical director.

As a daughter of an Airforce sergeant, her family got to travel and move throughout the world. Born in Maine, she and her family moved to the Philippines before returning to Arizona where they purchased their first horses. This began her love for these wonderful animals as well as her drive to becoming a veterinarian at such a young age. In 1990, they left Arizona for North Carolina and it’s been her home since.

From middle school on, her life revolved around her drive to become a veterinarian. At the age of fifteen, she began her first job as a veterinary assistant at a local veterinary hospital. After graduating high school, she moved to Raleigh to complete her undergraduate studies in animal science. She finished her B.S. degree in three years while working full time at an equine hospital. She then went to NC State Veterinary School. After graduating in 2005, she moved to Pittsburgh, PA, to complete a one-year equine surgical and sport horse medicine internship. She then moved back to North Carolina and started her veterinary career as an equine sports horse medicine veterinarian in Apex, North Carolina.

After six years, she changed paths to small animal medicine at Banfield Pet Hospital. Over the next ten years, she completed several intense soft tissue surgical training programs and developed a large surgical referral practice for her hospital. She found the desire to make a different, more profound impact in the veterinary community. This lead her to join the team at Safe Haven For Cats/Safe Care Spay and Neuter Clinic in 2021. “There are not enough words to describe how fulfilled and excited I am to be able to share my knowledge and skills with such a wonderful team and make such a large impact on the feline community in our state.”

Happy birthday to us!

Happy birthday to us!

Happy birthday to us!

For 20 years, SAFE Haven Spay & Neuter Clinic has helped address the pet overpopulation problem in Wake, Durham, Orange, Franklin, Johnston, Granville and Harnett counties by offering low-cost spay and neuter services for cats and dogs.

The first “just for cats” clinic in North Carolina, we started only one day a week thanks to the dedication of Dr. Betsy Pethick King, a founding member of SAFE Haven. “We can build bigger & bigger shelters but to get to the root cause of overpopulation & pet euthanasia, we need to make sterilization available to everyone at as low a cost as possible.”

Following that principle, we’ve built and expanded and to date, we’ve fixed more than 35,500 cats and dogs thanks to support from people like you. Can you help us continue our work for the next 20 years?

Celebrate with us by donating $20 by July 20. That’s $1 for every year we’ve worked so far. Just click to easily make your gift by July 20!

Book your spay/neuter appointment now!

Book your spay/neuter appointment now!

Does your cat or dog need to be spayed or neutered? Now’s the time to make your appointment!

Getting your pet fixed helps control overpopulation and reduce euthanasia. It can also help your pet live a longer, happier life! Here are 4 myths about sterilization you should know.

Myth: “I should let my cat or dog go into heat at least once.”
Truth: The American Veterinary Medical Association recommends all cats and dogs be spayed or neutered by 5 months old.

Myth: “It’s expensive to have my pet spayed/neutered.”
Truth: The SAFE Care Clinic will work with you to get your pet fixed. Our staff can help those who cannot pay for the service. Do not hesitate to get an appointment!

Myth: “It’s painful for my pet.”
Truth: During a spay or neuter surgery, cats and dogs are fully anesthetized, so they feel no pain. All animals spayed at the SAFE Care Spay/Neuter Clinic receive pain medication before their surgeries and they return to normal activities after about a day. We also offer pain medication to go home for an additional fee.

Myth: “It’s not safe for my pet.”
Truth: While all surgery comes with some risk, spaying/neutering is essential for your pet’s health and safety. Spaying helps prevent uterine infections and breast cancer, which is fatal in about 90 percent of cats and dogs. Besides preventing unwanted litters, neutering your male companion prevents testicular cancer, if done before six months of age according to the ASPCA.

Need help in paying for this important care? There are funds available for our low-cost spaying/neuter services. Request an appointment now!

Golden and White Shaggy Dog

Spay and Neuter is Good for Your Dog!
Fixing your dog will not only help reduce the number of homeless dogs but also help your dog be healthier! Here are a few benefits:

    • Spaying or neutering your dog can actually reduce the risk of specific cancers and infections.
    • Alteration surgery may reduce some of the negative behaviors that are the result of a dog’s mating instinct.
    • Research has shown that fixing your dog can mean a longer life expectancy. That means more time with you!
Healthy Dogs & Cats = Healthy Life!

Healthy Dogs & Cats = Healthy Life!

How can you keep your cat or dog happy and healthy at home?

    • Exercise! Going for walks or moving around the house with your furry friend can help them stay physically active.
    • Play a game. Just like you, your dog or cat can get bored. Help them stay mentally engaged by throwing a ball with your dog, playing with a cat toy or hiding treats for them to find.
    • Feed your pet a nutritious, healthy diet. Keeping your pet at a healthy weight will help them live longer and reduce the chance of obesity-related health problems.
    • Protect them from parasites. Use preventatives to help reduce the chance of flea, ticks and heartworms. These parasites aren’t just outdoors and are a significant risk to your dog or cat so keep them safe!
Golden and White Shaggy Dog

Spay and Neuter is Good for Your Dog!
Fixing your dog will not only help reduce the number of homeless dogs but also help your dog be healthier! Here are a few benefits:

    • Spaying or neutering your dog can actually reduce the risk of specific cancers and infections.
    • Alteration surgery may reduce some of the negative behaviors that are the result of a dog’s mating instinct.
    • Research has shown that fixing your dog can mean a longer life expectancy. That means more time with you!
Cool Cats for the Summer 🕶️

Cool Cats for the Summer 🕶️

Summer in North Carolina is hot, but we have a few tips to help your kitty stay cool.

    • Keep your cat’s water fresh. You may have noticed that your cat doesn’t like to drink stale water. Changing your cat’s water daily helps encourage them to stay hydrated, which keeps them cooler.
    • Brush your cat regularly, especially if it has longer hair. Matted hair isn’t just hard to untangle – it can hold in body heat, making it hard for your cat to stay cool.
    • Recycle a cardboard box by turning it on its side to make a cool, dark hideaway for your cat to relax in and beat the heat!

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