• 1.American Society Prevention of Cruelty to Animals - ASPCA

    Serving the Springfield, IL area


    i would like to adopt a pet

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By: White oaks W.
White Oaks West Animal Clinic - Hospital
This inaccurate information was concerning to find on the internet as we would have been happy to speak with you directly to resolve these issues. We were pleased to see Lily and provide services for her. As a veterinary hospital, her health and well-being was our priority. Therefore, as was explained prior to booking the appointment, examinations are performed on every animal prior to rendering any service. Birds in particular can become very anxious, and it is necessary to provide an examination prior to grooming to ensure they can withstand the stress. A treatment plan was provided and approved by you as well. Services included an exotic exam, three gram stains, a fecal floatation, and grooming. All of our avian grooming prices are a flat fee based on the size of the bird. This fee includes wing, nail, and beak trims so trimming the beak was not a financial gain. Because you frequently cross state lines and experienced a recent problem doing so, a Health Certificate was filled out and was issued at no charge. This was a very unfortunate occurrence. Lily bit down on the dremel during her beak trim because she was not accommodated to the dremel as she is a young bird and just beginning her grooming treatments. The dremel was stopped as soon as the bite occurred. We have a dremel that allows a slower speed to be used and adjusts easily to avoid further damage upon such occurrence, which may have skewed your perception. As a veterinary clinic, we have a wonderfully compassionate staff that cares for all animals no matter the species or the size. Your conclusion that we are unable to treat avian species is unsupported. We have a very experienced staff who have provided zoo animal care, including many avian species, for several decades. Although we are not groomers, our employees are highly trained and educated staff which offer grooming services as a convenience for the avian community.
By: faithfw
White Oaks West Animal Clinic - Hospital
I am one of several employees that have been at White Oaks West for more than ten years and am taken aback by Sara's portrayal of this clinic. My experiences here have been wonderful and I can attest to the high quality of care that all of our patients and clients receive. The whole staff takes great pride in their responsibilities. Every staff member that I have worked with in my long time here has expressed a deep sense of family and involvement from the others here at White Oaks. In fact, 3/4 of the staff have been here for 5+ years and the most common reason that our employees seem to leave is to pursue college. Those employees very often request that they be allowed to return for future employment, either permanently or over summer/winter break. Needless to say, Sara's sentiments are not shared by any other staff that I have encountered. It is rare and unfortunate when an employee doesn't work out and I feel that it is quite unfair to the clinic for the disgruntled employee to discredit a good business in this way.
By: emmlandsberg
White Oaks West Animal Clinic - Hospital
Oh dear, Sara. It sounds as though you've been caught up in the world of "catty vet techs." I've worked as a vet tech at several clinics around town, and Sara's story sounds all too familiar. I’m sure that the level of care at this clinic is just fine, or they wouldn’t still be in business. However, working for places like this can be difficult. The techs have a habit of treating someone new as if they are not part of the “inner circle,” and they’re very good at talking behind others’ backs. Although “Greg” is poking fun at Sara’s inability to take “constructive criticism,” I think his own ability to take criticism speaks for itself here. He’s responding to a post that was put up almost a year ago. Get over it, Greg. 
I stumbled upon this review while job hunting, and I certainly won't be applying now!
By: tess128
White Oaks West Animal Clinic - Hospital
Great staff! Our Westie just celebrated his 16th birthday. He's received the best of care from Dr. Greg Hurst and everyone at WOW over the many years. We wouldn't take our dogs anywhere else. They love your pets as much as you do!
By: Madison P.
White Oaks West Animal Clinic - Hospital
I would recommend White Oaks West Animal Clinic to anyone! They are caring, professional, and clear on instructions with our Sammy ( dog ) once we took him home. Great Clinic for your Pets!!
By: nereidalittrell
Laketown Animal Hospital
Outstanding doctors and groomers. Compassionate, knowledgeable and thoughtful. I have taken my pets there for over 30 years. They're excellent and the hospital is always clean. Love 'em.
By: Cassie R.
White Oaks West Animal Clinic - Hospital
The doctors and staff at White Oaks West Animal Hospital are awesome! They truly care for your pets as if they were part of their family. I highly recommend them to anyone:)
By: Jackie R.
Myers Mobile Animal Clinic
We just love Dr. Myers and her staff. They always treat our fur babies as if they were their own. Couldn't ask for a better group of people.
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By: Pam S.
Animal Protective League
Great low- cost spay/nueter program and low cost immunization clinics. Staff and volunteers are really caring & helpful.
By: wwff99
White Oaks West Animal Clinic - Hospital
Love the doctors and staff- we were more than pleasantly surprised by the atmosphere and care that we received.
Tips & Advices
Most city and county shelters offer affordable spay/neuter services. SPCA and Humane Society shelters also are known for their low-cost spay/neuter programs.
Shelters typically offer spay/neuter surgery, vaccinations, microchipping and some essential medical treatment (deworming, mange treatment) to animals being adopted from the shelter. For other veterinary services, you will need to find a vet.
No-kill and low-kill shelters will state it in their online profile and other official materials. They will usually explain what their process/policy is for looking after the animals in their care. These are also known as “limited admission” shelters because they are usually at full capacity most or all of the time. Also, they often work with rescue organizations or county Animal Services authorities to accommodate animals living in inhumane conditions, abandoned or injured animals.
Anyone can bring a lost animal to a county or municipal shelter. However, private shelters affiliated with rescues often will not accept animals, whether lost or surrendered by owners. Shelters with low-kill policies often have a limited admission capability.
Adopting an adult dog from a county or city shelter usually costs $75-$100. Young adult purebreds and puppies often have a higher adoption fee.  The fee to adopt a cat is usually about $50– sometimes with discounts if one new owner adopts two cats. The adoption fee usually covers the cost of spay/neuter surgery and essential vaccinations.

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