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About the Spay/Neuter Program

From its inception in 2001 until Sept 30, 2010 the S/N Program resided in DHHS, the S/N Program now resides in NCDA&CS. The Spay/Neuter Program Program focuses on reducing the population of unwanted animals in the state by encouraging the spaying and neutering of dogs and cats. The program includes both an education component and a local Spay/Neuter Assistance component. Through the assistance component, cities and counties are eligible to apply for reimbursement of direct costs of spays and neuters of cats and dogs owned by low-income persons.

Funding comes from two sources:

  1. Purchase of a special “I Care” Animal Lovers license plate. Twenty dollars ($20) of the additional fee imposed under G.S. 20-79.7 for purchase of an Animal Lovers special license plate is credited to the Spay Neuter Program. You may request a special “I Care” Animal Lovers license plate for your car from Division of Motor Vehicles. The plate includes additional fees over the usual cost of a license plate. A $20 fee will be paid into the Spay/Neuter fund from the sale of each license plate.
  2. Additionally, $250,000 will be transferred yearly from the Animal Feed and Pet Food Branch, Food and Drug Protection Division to the Spay/Neuter Account.

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Veterinary Division Animal Welfare Section, R. Douglas Meckes, DVM, State Veterinarian
Mailing Address:1030 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, NC 27699-1030
Physical Address: 2 W. Edenton Street, Raleigh, NC 27601
Phone: (919) 707-3280; FAX: (919) 733-6431