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Spay/Neuter FAQs

Does a licensed veterinarian perform the surgery?

Yes. NC state law mandates that any person performing surgery on an animal be a licensed veterinarian by the North Carolina State Veterinary Board.

What is the cost to have my pet spayed or neutered?

The cost of spaying or neutering depends on the sex, size and age of the pet. Spay/neuter is a one time cost compared to the cost of two months of pregnancy, having a litter, and two months of ensuring the health of the mother and litter until weaned. The Humane Society of Charlotte is a non profit organization that operates two low cost spay/neuter clinics with a flat fee, regardless of size or age. Our cost to you is discounted so that we can make a difference in euthanasia rates and unwanted births in our community. We do not make a profit from surgeries performed.

What forms of payment do you accept?

We accept all forms of credit cards, money order or cash.

How long will I have to wait to get an appointment?

We are scheduling appointments for both dogs and cats approximately 1-2 weeks out at this time.

Can you schedule the spay/neuter appointment for my animals on the same day?

Yes. We will strive to give you a convenient appointment date.

Can you give my animal shots while it’s there?

Yes.  We do offer limited vaccines to clients on the day their pet is here for surgery.

You may have your animal vaccinated prior to surgery at our Critter Care Wellness Wednesday – for more information click here.

All animals are at risk when of possible vaccine reactions. Because of this, we recommend that your pet’s vaccines already be current on the day of your scheduled surgery appointment from your regular veterinarian.

Do you administer pain medication to my animal?

Yes. An injectable form of pain medication is given to all animals prior to and after surgery. This injection will last for at least 24 hours. You may purchase additional take home pain medication for your pet from our clinic. Please let a staff member know on your animal’s scheduled date of surgery if you wish to purchase additional post operative pain medication.

Can you microchip my animal?

Yes. An optional microchip is available to all clients scheduled for spay/neuter surgery  You can also have your pet microchipped at our weekly Critter Care Wellness Clinic which takes place each Wednesday – for Critter Care hours, please click here.  We do not accept walk in clients for microchips.

Can you declaw my cat, fix a hernia, remove my dog’s dewclaws, pull baby teeth etc., while it’s under anesthesia?

Because we are a high volume clinic, we are unable to perform any other surgical procedures other than spay/neuter surgeries and open umbilical hernias. We ask that you contact your primary veterinarian for any other surgeries your animal may require. We are able to fix an open umbilical hernia on an animal only at the time of its scheduled spay/neuter surgery for an additional cost.

Do you perform laser surgeries at your clinic?

We do not perform laser surgeries at our clinics.

How can I volunteer my time at your clinic?

If you are interested in volunteering, please visit the volunteer page of the website for information on our next volunteer orientation meeting. You will also find our volunteer application on this page.

The Pet Over Population Problem

They don’t belong to me, but how can I help stray cats/kittens that roam in my yard?

Not all community cats may not prefer the comforts of living indoors, but they still deserve the best care we can give them. One of the best ways to help is to spay/neuter the cats and return them to their outdoor homes. Fewer kittens will be born outdoors and studies show that cats live longer when not constantly mating. Visit our Community Cats Project and Trap-Neuter-Return pages for more information.

Click here for information on how spaying/neutering your pet makes a difference and how many cats and dogs you will help save by fixing your animals.

If you are a veterinarian or technician interested in volunteering, please contact our clinic manager at spayneuter@humanecharlotte.org.