Making low-cost spay/neuter available for pets in Watauga and Ashe Counties!

Ms. Sparkle Spayde says, "For the love of animals, Spay/Neuter is a Positive Solution! 

Now in its tenth year, SNIPS* is 30+ members strong and growing. Original arts and crafts are sold throughout the year at fairs, malls, general stores, and other venues throughout the community. In addition, SNIPS holds monthly restaurant benefits, seasonal plant sales, picnics and other events to fund low-cost spay/neuter surgeries. SNIPS is dedicated to reducing animal intake and euthanasia numbers by raising funds to provide low-cost spay/neuter services for Watauga and Ashe County pets. The program is intended to help pet owners for whom the cost of spay/neuter surgery is a hardship. However, all animals deserve our help; thus, no one is turned away.

In 2018, SNIPS specials funded surgeries for more than 700 dogs, cats, puppies, and kittens in Watauga and Ashe counties. Well over half of those surgeries were performed by our local veterinarian partners. With your help, we'll reach 1000 animals in 2019! 

SNIPS funds also help cover spay/neuter surgery and rabies vaccination costs for the Watauga Humane Society Community Cat Network

Check out all the health benefits of spaying/neutering your pet, and how to make an appointment! 


* Spay Neuter Is a Positive Solution!

For more infomation, call the shelter at (828)264-7865 and press option #4!


How You Can Help

To keep the “SNIPS Specials” going, we need your help!  Donations can take several forms:

Send money!  Make a check payable to the Watauga Humane Society, write “SNIPS” on the memo line, and mail to Watauga Humane Society, PO Box 1835, Boone, NC 28607. You can also donate online HERE

Donate your time and talents!  SNIPS needs event sales staff, cashiers, note writers, graphic designers and gardeners, as well as crafters.

If you own a restaurant or a business, consider hosting a “Percentage Day” for SNIPS!  You donate a percentage from that day’s proceeds; we design fliers, post the event on social media and advertise to all 400 WHS volunteers! For more information, write to us at or call 828-264-7865 ext. 4

SNIPS Mascot Clifford P. Dolder says,

“Neuter Is Cuter!”

SNIPS members meet on the fourth Saturday of each month from 12:30-3:30 p.m. in the Turchin Room of  Watauga Humane Society, 312 Paws Way, in Boone. Here, the SNIPS team creates a common craft, such as pet beds, mosaic pots, pine cone flowers, and other beautiful and useful items that will be featured in upcoming sales. Everyone is welcome! For more information, write to us at or call 828-264-7865 ext. 4 option from the voicemail menu.