Spay & Neuter Services

Would you like to alter your dog or cat but can't afford it? PEAR can help you!

We offer low cost or free spays/neuters for dogs and cats owned by low-income community members in Mecklenburg & Union County, NC. Surgeries are performed through our partner vets. 

Our veterinary clinic partners

We work with more than dozen partner vet clinics. Located from Charlotte, NC to Monroe, NC, these clinics take on  dogs and cats each year at a greatly reduced fee, which sometimes allows to provide spays/neuters for free (or for a donation) to those who cannot otherwise afford to alter their pets.   

Who qualifies for a free or low-cost spay/neuter?

If you cannot afford to have your pet altered at your veterinarian's clinic or a low-cost facility such as the humane society, or the low-cost clinic cannot alter your dog or cat due to a weight, age or health-related issue, contact us for help. 

How to make an appointment

Please leave a message in English or Spanish at 704.461.3300 or email us and a PEAR representative will get in touch with you as soon as possible.

Support for our spay/neuter services

PEAR receives individual donations to run our spay/neuter program. 

We are grateful for the generous support.


Why Spay/Neuter?

The facts:

Every year, millions of cats and dogs end up in U.S. shelters. Many of these animals (great pets just like your own dog or cat) are euthanized simply because there are too many animals and not enough loving homes to adopt them, and shelters run out of space. Often, these animals are the offspring of cherished family pets. Maybe someone's cat or dog got out just that one time, or maybe the litter was intentional, but efforts to find good homes failed. And so the animals suffer. 

Even if you do find homes for your pet's puppies or kittens, that means there are fewer homes available to take in other pets from shelters. Spaying/neutering reduces the numbers of animals who are born only to languish in a shelter or die prematurely and without a family who loves them. And there are many health and behavioral benefits, too:

  • Sterilized animals are less likely to roam and mark territory. 
  • Spayed pets no longer experience heat cycles that attract unwanted male animals.
  • Sterilized animals tend to be less aggressive and better socialized.
  • Sterilized females have a greatly reduced risk of developing mammary cancer and neutered males are less likely to get testicular cancer. 
  •  No health benefits come from letting your female dog or cat go through a first heat cycle (or pregnancy) before spaying her.  

What exactly is spaying/neutering?

Surgical sterilization is the removal of certain reproductive organs. In a female, the ovaries, oviducts and uterus are removed. The correct name for this procedure is ovariohysterectomy, commonly referred to as a spay. In a male animal, the testicles are removed in a procedure called an orchiectomy, more typically referred to as a castration.  

Myths & Misconceptions About Spaying/Neutering


  • "My pet will get fat."
    • Obesity is controlled by diet and exercise and is not determined by a surgical procedure. 
  • "My pet will get lazy." 
    • Exercise and play time will determine how playful your pet is. Pay attention to your pet and he will stay a youngster for a long time to come. 
  • "Surgery is dangerous." 
    • Spayed/neutered animals have a better chance of staying healthy for the rest of their lives. Plus females avoid the risks of giving birth. 
  • "My brother wants a puppy from my dog so it will be easy to place the litter." 
    • What if your dog gives birth to 10 puppies? Can you find 10 good homes? 

Need Spay or Neuter Assistance


If you have questions about this program please leave a message in English or Spanish at 704.461.3300 and a PEAR representative will get in touch with you as soon as possible.   

If you are ready to apply for assistance please click the link below.

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