Tour of the GusMobile
Our mobile spay/neuter program is designed to bring services directly to communities in need.
Accessible Spay/Neuter: The Key to a No Kill Chicago
With the GusMobile Spay/Neuter Van, we bring the services of the Lurie Clinic directly to neighborhoods that need them, where distance and access to the Clinic is a challenge.
History and Mission
The GusMobile surgical unit was donated by the Beck family and named after their lovable dog Gus, who was adopted from PAWS Chicago after being rescued from the Iowa floods in 2008.
The GusMobile proactively brings PAWS Chicago’s spay/neuter surgeries to the people who are the most in need and who lack the ability to travel to the Lurie Clinic. In addition to providing free and low-cost spay/neuter surgeries and vaccinations for pets undergoing surgery, the GusMobile maintains a regular and positive presence in those neighborhoods by also providing outreach and humane education.
The GusMobile is a stand-alone, self-contained, state-of-the-art mobile surgical unit. It is equipped with:
- Three surgical tables with supporting oxygen and anesthesia machines
- An exam table that includes dog and cat scales
- Self-supported water, heat, air conditioning and refrigeration, which ensures a controlled surgical environment
With these facilities, the GusMobile can accommodate up to 50 surgeries every day.
Where to Find the GusMobile
The GusMobile Spay/Neuter Van works in conjunction with PAWS Chicago's Outreach programs. The GusMobile operates April through October and serves the Englewood and Back of the Yards communities with free spay/neuter surgeries. If you reside in one of these neighborhoods, please call 872-225-2738 to make an appointment. All other residents, please refer to the Lurie Spay/Neuter Clinic page for appointment information.
To be cleared for surgery, pets must:
- Weigh at least two pounds
- Be at least eight weeks old
- Pass a checkup with one of our veterinarians
- Have a presurgical blood panel done if over six years of age to ensure there are no health issues and the pet is safe to go under anesthesia