Spay / Neuter

Animal Services offers no-cost spay and neuter surgeries to pets of qualifying households in Orange County. It is the hope of Animal Services and Orange County that this program will increase the number of pets that are spayed and neutered in the County, and in turn help eliminate the ongoing problem of pet overpopulation we face as a community.

Spay. Neuter. Adopt.

No-Cost And Low-Cost Spaying and Neutering

If you are a DSS client or qualify by income, you can receive a no-cost spay/neuter surgery for your pet! If you do not qualify for no-cost services, we can let you know about low-cost options. Please don't assume that you won't qualify - we can help far more people than you might think! To find out, call Cooper Hatch, Animal Services Program Coordinator, at 919-932-4965. View the qualification requirements (PDF).


Thanks to a grant from the Margaret T. Petrie Spaying & Neutering Foundation, Animal Services is now able to help residents with a higher income (up to 400% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines) to spay or neuter their pets! Also, there are low-cost options available to everyone.

Orange County residents, fill out this INQUIRY FORM and someone will contact you regarding spay/neuter assistance. (See the inquiry form in Spanish here.) You may also call 919-932-4965 or email

Managing Pet Overpopulation

Animal Services Staff and the Animal Services Advisory Board have worked together to develop a strategic plan for managing pet overpopulation in Orange County. Read Managing Pet Overpopulation: A Strategic Plan for Orange County, North Carolina (PDF).

The intent of this plan is to support and promote targeted sterilization in order to reduce the number of animals that must be sheltered; control and manage the costs of animal services; and reduce the use of euthanasia as a means of population control. View updates about the overpopulation efforts from these Community Spay Neuter Program reports.

To see older Spay/Neuter reports, please click here and go to Animal Services-->Animal Services Reports-->Spay Neuter Reports 

Managing Free-Roaming Cats in Orange County

Do you have working cats on your Orange County property that need to be spayed or neutered? Call 919-932-4965 today!

Working Barn Cat Program