Spay & Neuter

Due to a significant influx of animals into our shelter over the past year, our public clinic surgery spaces have become limited. Our top priority is ensuring that shelter animals ready to embark on their new journeys find loving homes, which has led to an extended wait time for free and low-cost spay/neuter surgeries.

We understand the importance of timely pet care and encourage you to explore other low-cost options available in our community to get your pet fixed sooner. While our free spay/neuter services are available, we want to ensure that everyone has access to affordable solutions.

Qualifications for our Free Spay/Neuter Services:

To be eligible for our free spay/neuter services, you must live in Mecklenburg County and meet one of the following criteria:

The pet owner must have an income at or below 200% of the Federal Poverty Level, as determined by the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS).


Be eligible for other government benefits.

Low-Cost Spay/Neuter Services:
For community members who may not qualify for our free services or simply want to explore other options, our low-cost spay/neuter services are available. These services are offered at reasonable fees to ensure that responsible pet ownership remains accessible to all. Pet owners must live in Mecklenburg County to qualify for the low-cost services.

Fees for Low-Cost Spay/Neuter Services:
Canine Spay (female)     $70.00
Canine Neuter (male)     $65.00
Feline Spay (female)       $50.00
Feline Neuter (male)       $45.00
Community Cat               $25.00

Free services receive:
Rabies vaccine

Low cost a la carte pricing:
Rabies vaccine   $15.00
Microchip            $10.00

Pay it forward by helping the next pet in need. We appreciate your donation to this program.



If you are applying for a free surgery, please include one of the following documents:
We accept benefit letters, program participation documents (EBT, SNAP, Medicaid, etc.), participation letter/statement showing benefits from state, federal or tribal programs, the prior year’s state, federal, or tribal tax return, Social Security Statement of benefits, VA statement of benefits, retirement/pension statement of benefits, Unemployment/Workmen’s Compensation statement of benefits.


Also note that we will be contacting via email so please make sure you check your emails.


Female Dog

Male Dog

Female Cat

Male Cat

The Community Cat Spay/Neuter program was created to help lower the overpopulation of feral and community cats in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg area.

This program is specific to cats that are not owned (meaning no one is caring for or feeding roaming cats) in Charlotte-Mecklenburg. It is not meant for cats who are going to be re-homed. All cats that participate in this program must come in a humane cat trap.

This program is $25 per cat and includes all of the following required services:

  • Ear Tipping
  • Microchip
  • 1 year distemper vaccine
  • 1 year rabies vaccine

We can only accommodate up to 3 ferals. If you have a colony you are caring for, please reach out to Friends of Feral Felines. Applications for 4 or more cats will not be accepted.

We highly recommend checking with the following low-cost clinics below to see if they have an appointment available sooner.

Stand for Animals
Humane Society of Charlotte
Gaston Low-Cost Spay Neuter Clinic
Cabarrus Spay/Neuter Clinic
Humane Society of Union County
Ark Veterinary Hospital

Community Cat



Why Spay and Neuter?

Spaying and neutering your pets is the most responsible decision an owner can make. There are so many benefits behind this surgery:

  • a healthier and happier pet

  • a major reduction in the threat of cancer

  • they won’t go through heat cycles

  • they won’t feel the need to get out of the fence and roam the neighborhood

  • they’ll be less likely to attack people and other pets

  • they'll be less inclined to mark their territory

  • it will increase your pet’s life expectancy

BUT MOST IMPORTANT: It will prevent the birth of unwanted companion animals which reduces the pet over-population!!