Chatham Animal Rescue and Education, Inc.
Low Cost Spay/Neuter Options Available to All
  1. Spay Neuter Assistance Program
    (SNAP-NC) 919-783-SNAP (7627)
    A mobile clinic.
    Male Cats: $75
    Female Cats: $85
    Feral Cats: $60
    Dogs Less Than 60lbs: $125
    Dogs 60lbs and Over: $150
    Includes surgery, rabies and distemper vaccines
  2. Spay Neuter Veterinary Clinic of the Sandhills
    5071 U.S. Hwy #1, Vass, NC
    910-692-FIXX (3499)
    $55 basic spay/neuter
    $35 cat neuter
  3. Many vet clinics in Chatham offer discount days and weeks where low cost surgeries are available to all. Call your vet for more information.
Feral Cats

What are feral cats? Also called community cats, feral cats are the same breed as pet cats. But, because most feral cats are born and live outdoors without human contact, they can't become people's pets unless they are caught and socialized while they are still kittens.

Why is it important to spay or neuter feral cats? One female cat can have at least 3 litters of kittens in a year. With an average of 4-6 kittens per litter, it's possible for a single, unsterilized cat to give birth to 18 or more kittens in one year. Female kittens may become pregnant at five months of age, compounding the population problem.

How does CARE help feral cats in Chatham County?

  1. CARE provides traps and consultation to anyone who wishes to trap feral cats on their property as long as they are willing to continue to provide food, water and shelter for them.
  2. CARE will pay to spay or neuter, and provide distemper and rabies shots, for these cats. Called Trap Neuter Return (TNR), after surgery the cats go back to their original location. Feral cats have their left ear clipped, which is the international symbol of a neutered feral cat, so they can be easily identified as a neutered feral cat in the future. Once neutered they cannot reproduce. Caretakers are asked to pay a small co-pay depending on the age of the cat/kitten.
  3. CARE can provide plans for feeding stations and cold-weather housing options for feral cats so that they will be safe and comfortable year-round. CARE is sometimes able to socialize young feral kittens and help them become suitable family pets, if foster space is available.

What can I do about feral cats?

  1. If you see stray cats or kittens and are interested in helping them, notify CARE or Chatham County Animal Services. If you have feral cats on or near your property and are interested in keeping them safe and healthy, CARE can loan you traps and help you get them spayed or neutered at no cost to you as long as you are willing to continue to feed and monitor them.
  2. Most importantly, make sure your own cats are spayed or neutered. If you cannot afford to spay or neuter your pet cat , CARE can provide financial assistance, if you qualify for Lillie's Fund.

Whom can I contact about feral cats?

  1. Chatham Animal Rescue & Education, Inc.
    Call for information: 542-5757 or Email Us
  2. Alley Cat Allies
    When it comes to cat advocacy, Alley Cat Allies is working in communities to champion low-cost spay and neuter policies and programs, as well as life-saving Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR), and Shelter-Neuter-Return (SNR). Once viewed as radical new concepts, these humane cat protocols are now mainstream. But we still have a lot of work to do. We are serious about bringing life-saving policies and programs for cats to your community.
  3. Operation Catnip
    Ferals only - for clinic dates go to or email at
If You Are Low on Income
  1. Chatham Animal Rescue & Education, Inc.
    (CARE) 542-5757
    $20 for eligible applicants.
    Subsidized by Lillie's Fund for qualifying Chatham County residents.
  2. Chatham County Animal Shelter
    542-7203 Ask for Krista or Ginny
    $20 for eligible applicants
    A county funded program of low cost spay/neuter for qualifying Chatham County residents.
  3. P.A.L.S. (Prevent Another Litter Subsidized) Program of SNAP-NC
    919-783-SNAP (7627)
    Cats: $30
    Dogs: $45
    (Allow 1-2 weeks for processing. Payment in cash is required at time of surgery.)
  4. The $20 FIX of Animalkind
    (Available to residents of Orange, Wake, Durham, Person or Caswell counties)
    If you live outside Chatham County contact Animalkind or call SPAY-NC HELPLINE AT 1-888-NC-FIX-EM (1-888-623-4936) for spay/neuter options near you.
Favorite Articles and Web Sites (21)
Alley Cat Allies
Part of an international effort working to promote, foster, and develop humane nonlethal control programs for feral and stray cats through sterilization programs that effectively reduce their numbers over a period of time.
AnimalKind's mission is to end the unnecessary euthanasia of cats and dogs in Triangle-area NC shelters by subsidizing pet spay/neuter for the lowest-income families. AnimalKind launched THE $20 FIX Program, a targeted financial assistance program serving low-income pet owners.
ASPCA Spay/Neuter Alliance
We've worked to provide a solution to pet overpopulation in Western North Carolina since 1994, and we continue to expand our reach nationally through spay/neuter training programs.
Carolina Mobile Low Cost Spay Neuter
A low-cost mobile spay/neuter service for Raleigh, NC area.
Companion Animal Clinic of the Sandhills NC
The goal of the CAC Foundation is to reduce animal overpopulation in the Central North Carolina. We strongly believe that with affordable spay and neuter services available, the public will utilize this service. The Spay Neuter Veterinary Clinic of the Sandhills will spay or neuter dogs and cats for individuals that cannot afford the service of the private veterinarian and for animal welfare groups.
Friends of Animals
International, non-profit, membership organization that works to protect animals from cruelty, abuse and institutionalized exploitation.
Friends of Mebane's Animals
Friends of Mebane's Animals (FoMA) is a 501(c)3 non profit advocacy organization that works with pets and their families, along with other local organizations, to provide pet food, build fences and shelter, and assist with medical expenses in situations where financial need is demonstrated.
Humane Society of Alamance County
The Humane Society of Alamance County in a non-profit, animal welfare organization whose mission is to partner with our community to educate and encourage compassionate citizenship, thereby enriching the lives of companion animals and promoting responsible pet ownership through services designed to reduce pet overpopulation and increase pet retention and rehoming efforts.
Humane Society of the Piedmont
Runs a low cost, high volume spay and neuter clinic and is trying to reach out to other areas in NC. State of the art clinic averages 60 surgeries per day and we have two full time veterinarians.
Love That Cat
Store for unique cat gifts, beds, cool feline supplies, scratching posts, and cat jewelry. This page lists low-cost spay/neuter programs by state.
Operation Catnip
A non-profit organization dedicated to humanely reducing the stray and feral cat population through a no cost Trap-Neuter-Return program. Not for adopted cats.
Pets 911
For pet adoptions, lost and found pets, pet health, spay and neuter information, local animal welfare organizations, and much more.
Safe Haven for Cats
A non-profit, no-kill shelter for stray and abandoned cats and kittens in Raleigh NC. Accepts only stray or feral cats. Also offers low cost spay/neuter service.
Sparkle Cat Rescue
Sparkle Cat Rescue, Inc. (SCR) is a nonprofit, 100% volunteer feline rescue group dedicated to saving the 'forgotten felines' through our foster and adoption program, and assisting with TNR (Trap-Neuter-Release) in the Triad of North Carolina and educating on the importance of spay/neuter. Through fundraisers and your donations, we are able to provide medical care, and food not regularly donated to us, to the cats we rescue (spay/neuter, vaccinations, combo testing, flea preventative, microchip).
Spay and Neuter Clinic of Alamance County
The Spay and Neuter Clinic of Alamance County is committed to reducing the number of unwanted animals that come to the animal shelter each year. The clinic provides low-cost spay and neuter surgery for dogs and cats, and is open Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.
Spay Neuter Assistance Program (SNAP)
A non-profit mobile surgery group providing low-cost spay/neuter services to all North Carolinians.
Spay Today
Offers high quality spay/neuter surgery at low cost to pets and rescue animals in eastern North Carolina. Targets low income families who cannot afford routine surgical fees. Assists animal rescue groups.
Spay/Neuter Application - CARE
CARE's Lillie's Fund is dedicated to providing low cost spay and neutering services for dogs and cats that are at least 3 months old. To qualify, you must be a resident of Chatham County.
Spay/Neuter Information - CARE
CARE's Lillie's Fund is dedicated to providing low cost spay and neutering services for dogs and cats that are at least 3 months old. To qualify, you must be a resident of Chatham County.
Nationwide network of people working to provide affordable spay/neuter programs. Goal is to reduce the number of unwanted cats and dogs.
Wake County, NC SPCA - Spay and Neuter Program
The pet guardian purchases a spay/neuter voucher from the SPCA of Wake County, then makes an appointment with a participating veterinarian (see the list on this page) who performs the surgery. Vouchers expire in one year.