Every year, approximately 2.7 million dogs and cats are killed because shelters fill up and can’t find adoptive homes. In the U.S., there are around 14,000 shelters and rescue groups and about 8 million animals enter animal shelters across the U.S. annually. However, not all homeless animals that arrive will be adopted as pets. A large number will be euthanized instead.
More than 10,000 dogs and cats were euthanized in North Carolina animal shelters in 2019 due to lack of space and no families adopting pets. The figure gives North Carolina the third-highest euthanasia rate after Texas and California.
Pet overpopulation affects all of us, whether you’re a pet parent or a general citizen. The homeless animals suffer from hunger and malnutrition, lack medical aid, run around on roads and risk car accidents. In addition, caring for pets without families also puts a severe drain on the financial resources of the communities.
Adoptions only offer a partial solution, however. The real answer lies at the source of the problem of animal overpopulation: spaying and neutering animals is the most humane way to address the issue.
Thanks to sterilization, animals:
- Tend to live an average of two to three years longer
- Have reduced chances of fighting
- Are three times less likely to bite us or our children
- Receive protection from some types of cancers
Low Cost Spay and Neuter Services for North Carolina Pets:
Organizations throughout North Carolina offer access to affordable, low-cost spay and neuter services for your dog or cat. However, some of these organizations require that you meet certain income requirements to qualify. Make sure to check with the organization before you arrive (to avoid any delays or problems getting the surgery for your pet).
Disclaimer: Any listing on this page is only informational. North Carolina News Daily isn’t affiliated with any of the clinics. Make sure you you check references and accreditation before planning a spay or neuter procedure on your pet.
SNAP-NC is a non-profit organization providing discounted spay-neuter services to North Carolina residents in 18 convenient locations. Their program has served over 160,000 pets since its inception. Families don’t need to meet income qualifications in order to use the services of SNAP-NC.
Paws for Life Animal Rescue works with a group of dedicated veterinarians and clinics to provide low-cost spay and neuter surgeries. The SNIF program is for owned pets, and its team provides low-cost or free vouchers to low-to-mid-income pet owners in Franklin County, northern Wake County or southern Granville County.
The Gaston Low-Cost Spay/Neuter Clinic provides high-quality, low-cost spay and neuter surgeries. There is no residency or income requirement, and they are “feral friendly”. The clinic is a member of the National Spay/Neuter Response team and their focus is spay/neuter.
The Monroe low cost spay/neuter clinic is a program of the Humane society of Union County.
Located in the Piedmont Triad of North Carolina, their clinic serves anyone seeking sterilization, vaccination or wellness services for their pets. The facility has over 5,000 square feet of space with a state-of-the-art operating arena, surgical preparation room in addition to kennel areas for up to 80 animals.
ASPCA Spay/Neuter Alliance offers high-quality, low-cost spay/neuter services to the communities of western North Carolina from its Asheville clinic. Additionally, transport service is available through partnerships with local shelters and rescue organizations in 18 surrounding counties.
Spay and Neuter Clinic of the Carolinas is a low-cost spay, neuter, wellness, and minor illness facility located in the Arboretum office park of Charlotte, North Carolina.
Five County Spay-Neuter Clinic is located in Zebulon, North Carolina. It offers high-quality, low-cost spays and neuters for cats and dogs. Though they offer limited services and very few options, they focus and specialize in high-volume spay and neuter programs.
Safe Care Spay/Neuter Clinic holds a license from the North Carolina Veterinary Medical Board. What does that mean? Safe Care offers low-cost spay and neuter services for cats, kittens, dogs, and puppies.
Cabarrus Spay and Neuter Clinic is a non-profit organization offering low-cost surgical sterilization of dogs and cats in Concord, North Carolina.
The Best Friends Network (a national animal welfare organization) wants to make North Carolina a “no-kill” state by 2025. Here’s what you can do to help the cause:
- Adopt your next pet from a shelter or rescue – Breeders sell dogs for thousands of dollars, but animal shelters and rescues offer adoption fees at a fraction of that cost. Also, when you adopt, you clear space for other homeless animals.
- Be a responsible pet owner – Make a commitment to give your pet the care it needs for its lifetime.
- Spay and neuter your Pet – There are enough animals that need homes without adding more. Shelters are overcrowded and too many animals that enter shelters are put to sleep due to lack of homes.
- Spread the word – Make sure that your friends and family are aware of the pet overpopulation crisis. Also, discuss how their personal actions can either help solve or contribute to the problem.
- Become a foster parent – Help find the homeless animals their forever homes while being in a temporary home full of love. This gives them a better chance of being adopted.