Spay or neuter your pet through us
Thanks so much for your wonderful spay/neuter program.
I didn’t know what to do when my son found a pregnant hound under the barn. Then she had all those puppies. I wanted to help, but I couldn’t afford it. ARF helped me spay all the pups for free, and now they have great homes!
Thanks for helping me sleep better at night! And thanks for helping our community do the right thing by our animals!
Humane Society of Jackson County has transported companion animals to our spay/neuter clinic for ten years. They help owners get their companion animals sterilized. Their level of professionalism and commitment to spay and neuter companion animals is exceeded by none of the forty animal welfare organizations we work with.In 2013, their endeavors resulted in almost 700 sterilizations for publicly-owned animals…astounding!
Free spay neuter:
- Starting in January, free fixing of cats and dogs in the Jackson County
- Free fixing of pets for people on financial assistance (disability, food stamps, etc.)
- Reduced-price fixing of pets for students and people who have rescued multiple pets. We have some help available for Swain County as well.
- If you don’t fall into this category, contact us anyway! We have some funds for other pets
Early spay neuter
- Top ten reasons to fix your pet (Asheville Humane Alliance)
- American Veterinary Medical Association: Data on Early Spay Neuter
- “Early Spay/Neuter: An Overview” University of Illinois-College of Veterinary Medicine
- “A Winn Feline Foundation Report On Early Spay/Neuter In The Cat“
- Myths and Facts about Spaying and Neutering (Humane Society of the US)
Next spay/neuter day
To reserve your place, please come to ARF’s Pet Adoption site (see link at bottom of page for directions) on Saturdays between 1 and 3 PM. You can also sign up at Catman2 Shelter. You must reserve a place in person and pay for the service in advance (or give proof of address in advance for free services). We can no longer accept payment on the day of the spay/ neuter trip. If you have questions about the date or details, call (877) ARF-JCNC, or email spay (at) a-r-f.org.
Those who reserve a spot but do not show up and do not notify ARF will forfeit their fee. If you must cancel, call. We will do everything we can to accommodate your pet on our next trip. Your pet will need to travel in a hard plastic carrier or crate (not a wire cage, and not a cloth carrier). If you do not have one, we have crates available on spay/ neuter day. If you need to take one home before hand, you must pay a deposit. As soon as the cleaned crate is returned, you will receive the crate deposit back.
Instructions for spay/neuter day:
- For transport, all pets must be in a hard plastic carrier or crate (not a wire cage, and not a cloth carrier); if you do not have a carrier, let us know in advance so we can provide one. Important: leave cats in car until you get a crate. Uncrated cats become frightened and are likely to run away.
- Adult pets should receive no food after midnight the night before (water is okay). Young puppies and kittens can have a very small meal (a few bites) early in the morning before the trip, but consider avoiding that if your pet gets motion sickness!
- Pets are dropped off between 8 and 8:15 am at the ARF office in downtown Sylva next to the new pavillion on Railroad Ave. Get directions from your location. Please don’t come early; no one will be available to check you in before 8:00 AM.
- Pickup is the following day, usually around 12:15 p.m.; please check to make sure what time your pet will be ready. We all have full-time jobs while volunteering for ARF, so please ensure your pet’s safety and our volunteers’ jobs by picking up your pet on time!