LOW-COST Spay- Neuter Services available through the following Humane Societies
Watauga Humane Society 1-828-264-7865
Caldwell Humane Society 1-828-499-0289
Ashe Humane Society 1-336-982-4297
Avery Humane Society 1-828-733-6312
Humane Society of Wilkes 1-336-984-0227
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!
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.
Surgery & Vaccine Prices
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!
WE NEED YOUR HELP!
HELP PREVENT AN UNWANTED LITTER IN OUR COMMUNITY
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
. Please put "Spay It Forward Fund" on the check's memo line.
Ask about SNIPS and how they raise money for low cost spay neuter surgery services! See SNIPS Fundraiser under the FUNDRAISING tab of our homepage.
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