Spay/ Neuter

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Animal Services offers no-cost spay and neuter surgeries to pets of qualifying households in Orange County.  

HenryMitzyLeahIt 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. 

If you are a DSS client or qualify by income, you can receive a no-cost spay/neuter surgery for your pet! To find out, call Sarah Fallin, Animal Services Program Coordinator, at 919-932-4966.  Qualification requirements for low-cost spay/neuter can be found here.

Thanks to a recently aquired grant, Animal Services is now able to help residents with a higher income to spay or neuter their pets!

Orange County residents, fill out this form and someone will contact you to see if you qualify for spay/neuter assistance:



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Zip or Postal Code:



How many people live in your household (including children)?
What is your annual household income?
How many of your pets need spay/neuter assistance?
How did you hear about us?



Local Spay/Neuter Resources

  • SNAP-NC - Spay Neuter Assistance Program of North Carolina offers low-cost spay/neuter services throughout the triangle and beyond.  On select days, it offers pre-arranged spays and neuters for cats and dogs at the Animal Services Center!  Check out their schedule to see when!

  • Check out this link from AnimalKind to find a low-cost spay/neuter clinic near you!

Other resources include:


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.  Click here to read Managing Pet Overpopulation: A Strategic Plan for Orange County, North Carolina.

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.  For updates about these efforts, see the spay/neuter progress reports below.

February 2017 Community Spay/Neuter Presentation
This presentation serves as our 2016 spay/neuter report.

February 2016 Community Spay/Neuter Presentation

February 2015 Community Spay/Neuter Presentation

February 2014 Community Spay/Neuter Report

February 2013 Community Spay/Neuter Presentation

February 2012 Community Spay/Neuter Presentation

February 2011 Community Spay/Neuter Presentation

July 2010 Manager's Memo on Spay Neuter

January 2010 Manager's Memo on Spay Neuter


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Low-cost rabies vaccination and microchip clinic
Thursday, February 22
5pm -7pm

This clinic will be held at the Farmer's Market on Margaret Lane in Hillsborough.
One and three-year vaccinations available for $10 (must have a previous rabies certification in hand to receive 3-year vaccine, a tag alone is not sufficient). Microchips offered for $35. Please bring animals on leashes and in carriers.  
See details and other rabies clinic dates this year on our rabies page.

Tuesday, February 27 (sign up by February 13)
Spaying and neutering saves lives! Animal services is now able to help more Orange County residents than ever before! Call to sign up or to get more information: 919-932-4966 or 919-932-4965. You can also fill out our inquiry form here.


Animal Services is now running a year-round Senior Adoption Special: The adoption fee for any senior cat or dog (8 years or older) will be only $30! 
Also, senior citizens may take advantage of our year-round Senior Squared Special: If any senior citizen (65 or older) adopts a senior cat or dog (8 years or older), the adoption is FREE!