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Offering the 'Kindest Cut'

Despite the seemingly small space, four veterinary surgeons moved comfortably, tending to animals still sedated and cleaning surgical tools in preparation for the next cut.

The surgeons, working with Kindest Cut, took a trip in their mobile surgical unit to the Brainerd lakes area all day on Wednesday, offering low cost spay and neuter services to pet owners.

“Our day began today at about 7:30 a.m. and will probably go until at least 4:30 p.m.,” said Krista Dahn, a veterinarian with Kindest Cut since its inception. “It’s a busy day, but it’s such an important service.”

Working with a variety of Animal Humane Societies in the state since 2011, Kindest Cut gives the option to pet owners in need to spay and neuter at a fraction of the cost, ranging from $40-$100 in comparison to the typical $120-$800 cost.

Dahn said the group saw 34 animals in the one day event Wednesday, with large dogs being the primary seekers.

“Typically 34 is an average day, but that is busy for up here,” said Dahn. “But it is only the second time we’ve offered it to the area, so that’s to be expected.”

Kindest Cut plans to become more available to the lakes area incoming months, with the mobile program visiting both the Brainerd and the Little Falls area monthly to offer its cost-saving services.

A $10 deposit is required, which goes toward the surgical fee and appointments must be made ahead of time, as well as making sure owners qualify for the low cost procedure by visiting Kindest Cut at or calling 763-489-7729.

JESSI PIERCE, staff writer, may be reached at 855-5859 or Follow her on Twitter at (@jessi_pierce).