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 then 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 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. Surgery includes a rabies vaccination and in-heat or pregnancy costs.

Eligible animals: dogs, cats, and feral/stray cats. Our program is subject to change without notice. If you have questions, please contact us.

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

A Class B Dealer's Dream Come True!


ONE mom cat can have up to 18 KITTENS a year! Of the thousands of animals euthanized in the BC 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 4-5 months old (they can "mature" as early as 5-6 months old). Dogs are usually sterilized a little older--around 9 months, but "maturity" varies by breed. Check with your vet to determine when to spay or neuter your pet (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 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!

Spay Day

             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:

We are celebrating 20 Years of the Humane Society of the United States' World Spay Day Events by hosting a Spay Now or Pay Later Event.   Here are the details so far:

When is the event? Certificates for the Spay Now or Pay Later Event will be issued mid-March

Who's eligible to participate? Full-time citizens of Brunswick County, NC. Proof of residency may be required.

Income eligibility:  You must income qualify (see below) and provide proof of income. This event is for those who are not eligible for voucher assistance through the county's program, but still make too little to afford spaying and neutering on their own without significant financial hardship. If you're not sure if you qualify for the county's free voucher program, call the BC Sheriff's Animal Protective Services at 910.754.8204 BEFORE you call us. If you do qualify, ask them for a voucher.

Pet eligibility:  One pet per household/mailing address at this time. (If you have more than one pet that needs to be sterilized, talk to us about it.) Pets must be owned by/cared for by you, social and healthy enough for surgery. (If you have feral cats, please ask us about how you can get them fixed, also.) Cats must be 2 mos (or 2 pounds) or older; dogs 3 mos or older. For the safety of your pet, you, the staff, and other clients/animals, cats must be presented to the vet in a carrier; dogs must be on a secure lead--no exceptions.

How much does it cost? We're keeping your copay affordable (see below). Many folks think the copay is the amount the vets charge us for the surgery. That is not true. What we pay our vets is significantly more. Suffice it to say, we pay the lion's share.

     Generally, that's all you'll pay; however, if you elect other services or there is a health issue the vet must address, you will be responsible for paying the vet directly for those services such as additional vaccinations, hernia, or cryptorchid (undescended testicles), etc. If your pet has fleas when they are brought in, the vet may determine that your pet must be treated before surgery. You will be responsible for this cost. A rabies vax is included (if needed) for all pets. A distemper vax is included for cats; it's extra for dogs--that's just how it is.

OK, Got it.  Now What?

When PRE-registration opens between Monday, Feb. 24 and Friday, Feb. 28, 2014, call 910.253.0909. We'll pre-register you and temporarily reserve a spot for your pet. We will need the following information: 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.
Next, mail us your copay. We must receive it not later than Saturday, March 8th. When we receive it, we will contact you to confirm receipt and permanently reserve your spot. If we don't get your copay by the cutoff date, you may not get a spot even if you pre-registered. Why? There are usually more people who register than there are spots available and payment is what "seals the deal" (until we run out of available spots).
   Some folks have good intentions when they register, but stuff happens and payment doesn't come--or is sent too late. Priority will be given to those who have paid on time, including those on a wait list, until all spots are gone. If you paid but didn't get a spot, you may request return of your copay; otherwise, it will be considered a donation and used to help other animals.

Next, we will mail a certificate to you (unless we have run out). You will be assigned the closest participating vet to where you live unless they are booked. In that case, we will send you to the next closest participating vet. 

When you receive your certificate, it will have all the information you need on it to call the assigned participating vet yourself 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 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, 2) your certificate expires without use, or
3) you don't show up, you forfeit your copay and it will go to help other animals. If there were unavoidable and extenuating circumstances surrounding your cancellation, you may request a "make up" certificate which is subject to approval.

World Spay Day

Click button for World Spay Day Info

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 

For cats: Rabies and distemper vax is included (if needed)

For Dogs: rabies vax included only; distemper extra

Dogs & cats: Flea treatment extra if required by the vet

Other extra services that may be medically necessary: chryptorchid, hernia