Why Spay/Neuter?

There are several health and behavioral benefits to spaying (female pets) and neutering (male pets). For many of us, our pets are just like family. We dote on them, love them, and want to ensure the best care for them. At Watauga Humane Society, we feel the same and aim to help educate pet owners about these benefits while also helping control pet populations. 

Health Benefits*:

  • Your female pet will live a longer, healthier life. Spaying helps prevent uterine infections and breast tumors, which are malignant or cancerous in about 50 percent of dogs and 90 percent of cats. Spaying your pet before her first heat offers the best protection from these diseases.
  • Neutering your male companion prevents testicular cancer and some prostate problems.


Behavioral benefits*:

  • Your spayed female pet won't go into heat. While cycles can vary, female felines usually go into heat four to five days every three weeks during breeding season. In an effort to advertise for mates, they'll yowl and urinate more frequently—sometimes all over the house!
  • Your male dog will be less likely to roam away from home. An intact male will do just about anything to find a mate, including finding creative ways escape from the house. Once he's free to roam, he risks injury in traffic and fights with other male animals.
  • Your neutered male may be better behaved. Unneutered dogs and cats are more likely to mark their territory by spraying strong-smelling urine all over the house. Your dog might be less likely to mount other dogs, people and inanimate objects after he’s neutered. Some aggression problems may be avoided by early neutering.

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Pets can be fixed as early as 4 months old. Talk to your veterinarian to determine the best time to spay or neuter your pet.


SNIPS Low-Cost Spay/Neuter Program

In an effort to reduce unwanted pet populations, the Watauga Humane Society SNIPS (Spay/Neuter Is a Positive Solution)  spay/neuter program raises the necessary funds in order to facilitate low cost spay/neuter surgeries for community animals of Watauga and Ashe County residents. These dedicated volunteers also help educate the community through outreach events to help reduce animal intake and euthanasia numbers.

Altering Our Community - One Pet at a Time


By partnering with local veterinarians and Asheville’s ASPCA Spay/Neuter Alliance, we have been able to spay/neuter over 1000 cats and dogs in 2018! That is a lot of unwanted litters prevented!

What Does it Cost?*

Female & Male Cats - $15

Female & Male Dogs - $25

Additional services such as other vaccinations, microchipping, and nail trims are available upon request. Pricing may vary. 

SNIPS ALERT!!  The SNIPS Spay/Neuter program is gearing up for a new round of appointments for dogs and cats.
SNIPS will start taking appointments, (using local vets), on Monday, September 9, 2019.  If you want to schedule your pet for a spay/neuter surgery, please call the Watauga Humane Society at 828-264-7865, Ext 4. You will be put through to a recording and asked to leave your contact information and information on your pet. A SNIPS volunteer will then get back to you in a few days. Please remember we will have a great number of calls, especially since we have not been able to make appointments for some time. It may take a few days for a SNIPS volunteer to get back to you.  
Please be aware that we have made some changes to our program fees and policies.  The new rates will be $15 for male/female cats and $25 for male/female dogs.  Also, if an appointment is missed and you choose to re-book an appointment for your pet, there will be an extra $20 charge. 
If you would like to have your pet spayed/neutered sooner than may be possible thru our local vet program, you may choose to send your pet to Humane Alliance in Asheville. Please call the Watauga Humane Society at #828-264-7865 to arrange this. The cost to you will be the same.

Stay tuned with updates on the SNIPS Facebook Page!

Make a Reservation! 

Call our Spay/Neuter line: 828-264-7865 ext. 4, or email, and leave a detailed message with your name, phone number, and information on your pet

  • Pets can be altered between 4-6 months of age, depending on the veterinary service being used.
  • Females must not be lactating. Mothers must be away from their babies for 2 weeks minimum to stop producing milk.


Registration forms & fees can be sent to:
SNIPS Dog Jog 2019
Watauga Humane Society
PO Box 1835
Boone, NC 28607
You can email Alyssa at or call her at 828-264-8495.