*Brunswick County Sheriff's Animal
Where to Find Low-Cost Spay/Neuter
*Coalition for Humane Treatment of Animals
CHTA's spaying and neutering program is subject to available funds (i.e., donations). Program services are based on income (see table below) and clients requesting services may be asked to show proof of citizenship, Brunswick County residency, and income. CHTA reserves the right to limit certificates to any one household or client.
Eligible animals: dogs, cats, and feral/stray cats. Our program is subject to change without notice. If you have questions, please contact us.
(Scroll down to learn how to get one of our certificates.)
*Cape Fear Spay/Neuter Clinic
*North Myrtle Beach Humane Society
"Possum's Fund" is a CHTA program for the sterilization of feral cats in Brunswick County, NC, only. If there are critical medical needs at the time the cat is brought in for sterilization, we may also provide limited financial assistance depending on available "medical" funds and our consultation with the vet.
Possum's Fund is made possible by a generous, private donation in memory of "Possum," a well-loved and cared for feral cat who lived a long, happy life on Holden Beach, NC.
Other options for feral cats are:
Click HERE for information about financial help for spaying/neutering and medical issues.
3908 Oleander Dr, Wilmington, NC 28402
910.799.1990 (Provides S/N vouchers)
Cape Fear Spay/Neuter Clinic
Feral Cats - Ocean Isle Beach
Friends of Felines
ONE mom cat can have up to 18 KITTENS a year! Of the thousands of animals euthanized in our County facility each year, MOST of them are CATS and KITTENS!
Not Cute At All--
What is Spaying and Neutering?
Spaying and neutering are terms used to describe the sterilization of female and male dogs and cats, respectively. Cats can be "fixed" as early as 2 months old (4-5 months is OK, too, but cats can "mature" as early as 5-6 months old so don't wait too long). Dogs are usually sterilized a little older--around 6-9 months, but "maturity" varies by breed. Check with your vet to determine when to spay or neuter your pet (don't forget those ferrets and rabbits, too!).
Spaying and neutering of shelter pets is usually done earlier because pets are adopted out at much earlier ages. Also, the adopter doesn't have to pay the expense of getting their new pet fixed and the shelter can be assured the adopted pet won't "make more pets" that may eventually end up back in their shelter--or worse. Sterilizing feral (non-social) cats is done whenever you can catch them, although it's best--but not necessary--to let nursing mom's finish weaning kits before attempting to have her fixed.
There are many "myths" associated with spaying and neutering (i.e., "reasons" not to do it). Don't be fooled by any of them (including the classic "my dog won't hunt" or "he'll be emasculated!" Rubbish! (Ask any vet!) Spaying and neutering is the only 100% sure-fire way to reduce current and prevent future pet overpopulation and make for a healthier pet.
Breeding Facts: Cats can get pregnant as early as 5-6 months old--and male cats can "make babies" at that age as well! Also, mom cats gestate for 2 months, then wean their kits for about another 2 months. Mom can get pregnant (again) before she's even finished weaning her kits--or, if her kits die, she can go into heat immediately. Meanwhile, "daddy" is out planting his DNA 24/7/365!
Depending on the breed, dogs can go into estrus (heat) at 6-9 months. Dogs generally only have one or two litters per year, whereas cats are total floosies! But, don't be fooled--there are plenty of unwanted and unplanned dogs in shelters all across the US!
*Fix A Friend Low-Cost
Vouchers are FREE* for low-income residents and are paid for by county taxpayer dollars. Vouchers are for use with
PETS only...no stray or feral dogs or cats.
You must income qualify, show proof of income and residency. Funds available beginning July 1 of each year.
Fix a Friend Low-Cost
How to Get a CHTA S/N Certificate
Proof of income accepted (choose one): current paycheck stub; bank statement; social security or disability statement; DSS program enrollment verification.
Remove account and SS numbers from documents before mailing. All financials will be securely held, then shredded after verification.
$20 - Male cat
A Class B Dealer's Dream Come True!
OK, Got it. Now What?
Next, get a money order for the amount of copay. (You don't need separate money orders for each pet--one will suffice.)
Mail us your copay and the following information on a piece of paper: your name, mailing address and daytime phone; type of pet (cat or dog); your pet's name, age, sex, and; if it is a dog, it's approximate weight; name of person taking your pet to the vet if it isn't you.
Record your appointment date on your calendar and put the certificate in a safe place. You will need to take it with you to the vet in order to get services! Surgery is a generally one-day affair: you'll drop your pet off in the morning and pick them up in the afternoon.
Is Your Dog "Zeutered?"
Zeurtering is a newly-coined term for the non-surgical procedure that renders male dogs sterile. The drug "Zeuterin" (Zinc Gluconate and L-Arginine) is injected (OK, guys, brace yourselves) directly into the testicles (the dog's, not yours so get a grip--so to speak). While Zeuterin does have some side effects, it's mainly considered by many to be a better option than traditional surgical castration in a variety of situations.
The drug originally came on the market in 2003 as Neutersol but got some bad press. It's regained popularity in part because it's simple to administer, inexpensive, and a no-brainer solution for sterilization of strays. While Zeuterin may not be the best choice in every situation, it's worth a chat with your vet.
Learn more here or Google "Zeuterin" and read to your heart's content.