NC law requires all dogs, cats (and ferrets) to be vaccinated against rabies. CHTA includes this vaccination with the spay or neuter surgery--other spay/neuter clinics may charge extra but it is required nonetheless. Click HERE for more information.

*Brunswick County Sheriff's Animal
Protective Services
(Brunswick County) 
910.754.8204; 910.754.9261 or email them.

Where to Find Low-Cost Spay/Neuter

*Coalition for Humane Treatment of Animals

CHTA contracts with "participating" Brunswick County vets for their services. We share the spay/neuter expenses with clients by charging a copay. We issue a  certificate which is mailed to clients. Clients take this authorization to vet at the time of their appointment and generally do not pay anything further. Certificates expire within 30 days of issue (feral cats excepted).

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
(Castle Hayne) 910.602.1101

     The clinic provides low-cost spay/neuter for pets, strays and feral cats, and other animals. There is no income qualification or proof of county residency required. Some vaccinations and other testing services are also available at the time of your visit.

*New Hanover Humane Society
(Wilmington) 910.763.6692

     NHHS provides low-cost spay neuter of pet cats and dogs  for North Carolina residents and does not income qualify. No dogs over 80#. Call for details between 10am - 2pm.

Feral Cats

*North Myrtle Beach Humane Society
(South Carolina) 843.249.4948 Call for details.

"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:

Rabies Clinics

Financial Help

Click HERE for information about financial help for spaying/neutering and medical issues.
*Pet Supermarket
3908 Oleander Dr, Wilmington, NC 28402
910.799.1990  (Provides S/N vouchers)

Cape Fear Spay/Neuter Clinic
(Castle Hayne/Wilmington) 910.602.1101
(No qualifying; no residency restriction)

Feral Cats - Oak Island
Oak Island Feral Cat Program
PO Box 361, Oak Island NC 28465
910.278.7431 (or call Oak Island Veterinary Hospital at 910.278-575)

Feral Cats - Ocean Isle Beach
PO Box 6174
Ocean Isle Beach, NC 28469
Janie Withers 910.579.4707
Email them via their website:

Friends of Felines
Feral Cat Spay/Neuter
 Wilmington Residents Only
PO Box 475, Castle Hayne, NC 28429 910.452.6721


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--

 and completely preventable!
This does NOT
need to happen, but unfortunately does
 every day!

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
     S/N Clinic
6033 Ocean Hwy E
Winnabow, NC 28457-5721
910.253.8161 or email them via their website:

     Vouchers are FREE* for low-income residents and are paid for by county taxpayer dollars. Vouchers are for use with PETS stray or feral dogs or cats. You must income qualify, show proof of income and residency. Funds available beginning July 1 of each year.
     *Extra charges may be levied by any of the participating vets. Check with the vet you intend to use before you ask for a voucher or schedule an appointment so you'll know if you'll need to pay additional costs.

Too Cute!

Fix a Friend Low-Cost
S/N Clinic

(No qualifying;
no residency restriction)

6033 Ocean Hwy E
Winnabow, NC 28457-5721
910.253.8161 or email them via their website:

How to Get a CHTA S/N Certificate

Income Requirements
People in          
Household             Income Range

     1                 $21,591 - $29,101
     2                 $29,102 - $36,612
     3                 $36,613 - $44,123
     4                 $44,134 - $51,634
     5                 $51,635 - $59,145
     6                 $59,146 - $66,657

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     
$30 - Female cat   
$40 - Male Dog  
$50 - Female Dog 


A Class B Dealer's Dream Come True!

OK, Got it. Now What?

Call 910.253.0909. Give us your name, phone number, pet type (cat or dog) and the best time to call you back. After we speak with you, we'll temporarily reserve a certificate for your pet providing we have available funds.

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.

When we receive your copay, we will contact you to confirm receipt and assign one of our participating vets. We will then mail the certificate to you.

When you receive your certificate, it will have all the information you need on it to call the participating vet and make your own appointment at your convenience. The certificate expires in 30 days so make the appointment before the certificate runs out. Expired certificates won't be honored.

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.

Important Note: If you: 1) cancel your appointment without rescheduling, 2) your certificate expires without use, or 3) you don't show up, you risk forfeiting your copay which will go to help other animals. If there were unavoidable and extenuating circumstances surrounding the cancellation, expiration or no-show, you may request a "make up" certificate which is subject to approval.

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.