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Spay and Neuter Program


Why spay or neuter dogs and cats?

Reproduction facts about dogs and cats:

Benefits of sterilizing your pet:

In addition to reducing the number of unwanted animals, spaying and neutering can improve your pet's health, increase its life expectancy, and improve its behavior. Sterilizing reduces your pet’s urge to roam, which decreases the risk of it running away, getting injured in fights and contracting diseases from bite wounds, or getting hit by a car. It can also eliminate or reduce the incidence of several serious health problems like cancer that can be difficult or expensive to treat.

Neutered pets tend to be more gentle and affectionate, less interested in other animals, and more focused on their family. The ASPCA says that a sterilized dog or cat lives an average of 2 – 3 years longer than an unsterilized one, that strays rarely survive more than a few years on their own, and that they often die painfully. Surveys indicate that as many as 80% of dogs hit by cars are unaltered.


Although you should talk to your veterinarian about your pet's individual needs, ASPCA, the Humane Society of the United States, and other animal-protection groups correct myths that keep some owners from sterilizing their pets.


Your pet’s behavior may change – but for the better. Your pet will be less aggressive and less likely to bite, fight, roam, or spray urine to mark territory inside the house and in the yard. Also, Romeos will be less likely to hang around your yard. Spaying or neutering does not affect a dog's natural instinct to protect home and family.

Your male pet won’t feel less manly or suffer any kind of emotional reaction when neutered, and it won’t affect his appearance or performance as a hunting dog or watchdog. It may even make him easier to train. It is necessary to neuter male pets, even though they aren’t the ones giving birth. Females can’t do it alone.

The surgery isn’t highly risky and it isn’t too expensive. Spay / neuter is the most common surgery and your pet will usually resume normal activity with just a day or two of home care. Your vet can explain the risks and describe the after-care. It is a one-time, lifetime investment in your pet that can solve a number of problems for you, your pet, and a society already burdened with too many homeless dogs and cats.

It isn’t easy to find homes for a litter of puppies and kittens. If it were, there would be no ads saying “Free to a good home.”

You can’t depend on keeping your animal inside during its fertile period. This is a tremendous family responsibility and does nothing to eliminate health and behavioral problems such as spotting and spraying or susceptibility to diseases like cancer.

Most mothers prefer to give birth in private, so your children are not likely to see the miracle of birth. Instead, contact Animal Control or the Watauga Humane Society about fostering a pregnant animal. You can play an invaluable role as a foster family for newborn kittens and puppies.

Watauga Humane Society has joined forces with the Humane Alliance Spay / Neuter Clinic of Asheville to provide a low cost sterilization program for pet owners in Watauga and the surrounding community.

Reducing the breeding population of dogs and cats is the only way to eliminate the need to euthanize adoptable animals. In order for every animal born in the United States to have a home, each and every human being would need to own 6 dogs and 9 cats. The Humane Society of the United States estimates between eight and ten million cats and dogs enter shelters each year; four to five million of those animals are euthanized. There are too many pets and not enough homes!

Please Spay or Neuter Your Pet!

Sterilization surgery can be safely performed on dogs and cats as young as 8 weeks of age. The recovery time for early age spay/neuter surgeries is much quicker than for an older pet, who may be obese or have other health issues.

A very young animal must be at least 8 weeks old and weigh at least 2 pounds. Females who are in heat or pregnant may be safely spayed at no additional charge.

Studies have repeatedly shown a decreased risk of many types of cancer and disease when pets are sterilized at an early age.

How It Works

Every Thursday we prepare a load of animals for transport to Asheville’s Humane Alliance Spay/Neuter Clinic. Our group of animals includes rescued animals which are available for adoption at Watauga Humane Society, animals who are pre-adopted, and pets from the public.

Each animal is identified with a labeled collar and travels in its own kennel. All the kennels are carefully loaded into a custom-built, climate-controlled truck and driven to Asheville. Following surgery and recovery, the animals are kept overnight for observation in sterile, stainless steel cages, then returned to their crates and transported back to the Watauga Humane Society by 11 a.m. Friday.

To make an appointment for your pet, call the Watauga Humane Society at (828) 264-7865 Tuesday through Friday from 12:30 to 6 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 12:30 to 5 p.m. We are closed Mondays.

Surgery & Vaccine Prices

Shelter Manager Lynn Northup notes which vaccines are required on the surgery paperwork

Rabies vaccinations are required by law. Without proof of current rabies, a rabies shot will be given at the clinic for a cost of $8. Other vaccines are optional and cost $8. Feline Leukemia tests cost $20, and must be administered if requesting a Feline Leukemia vaccine.

We strongly recommend that your pet is up to date on vaccinations before surgery, especially Bordetella (kennel cough vaccine). Vaccines are available only in addition to surgery; this is not a low-cost vaccination clinic, it's a low-cost spay/neuter clinic. Please do not schedule appointments for animals who only need vaccinations.

Instructions To Follow After Scheduling A Spay / Neuter Appointment

Thank you for taking the time and money to spay / neuter your pet.

Help Us Solve the Pet Overpopulation Problem

In seven years, one female cat and her offspring can theoretically produce 420,000 cats. In six years, one female dog and her offspring can theoretically produce 67,000 dogs! Source: The Humane Society of the United States


Get your pet spayed or neutered. As soon as possible. Help us spread the word about the program. Ask if it's okay to display our Low-Cost Spay/Neuter Program Brochures at your office, gym, or any place of business you frequent.


We greatly appreciate donations to the Spay it Forward fund so we can help owners who can't afford to spay or neuter their pets. Donations can be made to Watauga Humane Society, PO Box 1835, Boone, NC, 28607. Please put "Spay It Forward Fund" on the check's memo line.