The Orange County Animal Services Department is working to combat pet overpopulation by hosting another “Spay Neuter Day.” This event coincides with the national Spay Day USA event each February.
The event will take place on Tuesday, February 26, 2019. The purpose is to raise awareness and help to eliminate the need for euthanasia as a means of population control.
For the event, Animal Services has partnered with Spay Neuter Assistance Program of North Carolina (SNAP-NC) to offer no-cost spay and neuter surgeries to pets of households that receive services from the Orange County Department of Social Services or who qualify by their combined income. Thanks to a substantial grant from the Margo T. Petrie Foundation, Animal Services is continuing to expand this Spay and Neuter Program to include more households in Orange County than ever before. Another initiative that helps to fund spay and neuter programs in our state is the Animal Lovers’ "I Care" license plate program. $20 from each plate goes directly toward supporting sterilization procedure reimbursements and educational initiatives. More information about this program can be found at https://ncagr.gov/vet/aws/fix/
In addition, Animal Services and the Animal Services Advisory Board will be presenting the Board of County Commissioners with a resolution declaring February 26, 2019, as Spay Neuter Day in Orange County. Annual reports for the county’s Community Spay and Neuter Program are available at http://www.orangecountync.gov/360/Spay-Neuter
“Animal Services hopes events such as this, along with other longer-term programs developed by this department, will increase the number of pets that are spayed and neutered in Orange County, and in turn help to eliminate the ongoing problem of pet overpopulation we face as a community,” said Bob Marotto, director of Animal Services.
Qualifying Orange County residents must sign up by Feb. 12, 2019.
To register or determine if you qualify, please call Cooper Hatch at 919.932.4965.