February 27 is World Spay Day

SpayneuterFebruary is Spay/Neuter Awareness Month, and World Spay Day is an international day of action to promote the sterilization of pets, community cats and stray dogs as a way to save animals’ lives. It takes place each year on the last Tuesday of February; this year it is February 27, 2018.

Created as Spay Day USA by the Doris Day Animal League (DDAL) in 1995, World Spay Day is now a program of The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), Humane Society International (HSI) and Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association (HSVMA). On World Spay Day and throughout the month of February — Spay/Neuter Awareness Month — veterinary and animal welfare professionals, business owners and concerned individuals join forces to shine a spotlight on spay/neuter as the most effective and humane means of decreasing the number of homeless animals put down in shelters or living on the street.

Why World Spay Day

Millions of animals suffer on the streets worldwide. Too often, governments deal with this overpopulation through cruel means, such as poisoning, electrocution or shooting. 

Preventing litters reduces the number of animals for whom resources are not available. Most people support spay/neuter, but affordable services are out of reach for many pet owners, and funding is always needed for street animal surgeries.

You can make a difference by helping to raise awareness of available services or the need for them by organizing a related event or activity on World Spay Day or sometime during the month. At the very least, spay/neuter your own pet, and support spay/neuter initiatives in your own community.

We are very fortunate to have the ASPCA Spay/Neuter Alliance in Asheville. This internationally known spay/neuter clinic and training center makes low cost spay/neuter available to local residents. To book an appointment online or for more information visit:

Helpful Info for Buncombe County Dog Owners

Question mark Need to know about licensing requirements, low cost rabies vaccinations, spay/neuter, animals that are lost or found, or any other information about domestic animals? Here are several useful sites to check out:

Asheville Animal Services
If you live within Asheville city limits, go here for information about spay/neuter requirements, dog licensing, and what to do about nuisance domestic animals.

Buncombe County Animal Control
Buncombe County residents outside Asheville city limits will find information here about county spay/neuter requirements, low cost rabies vaccinations, restraint of animals, animal cruelty, wildlife and more.

Asheville Humane Society
Asheville Humane Society operates the Buncombe County Animal Shelter and the Adoption Center, both located on the Animal Care Campus off Brevard Road, near the Farmers Market. Go here for information about adoptinos, lost and found, directions to the Campus, and other helpful information.

Humane Alliance
If you need to have your dog spayed or neutered at a low cost, visit the site of Humane Alliance of Western North Carolina. This is our area's high quality low cost spay/neuter clinic, and it is also a training center for spay/neuter clinics around the country.

New Location for Greenville Humane Society

Greenville Humane The Greenville (SC) Humane Society has relocated to 305 Airport Road, near Haywood Mall, in Greenville. The Society's low-cost spay/neuter clinic opened at the new location on Monday, May 16, and adoptions will be available at the new location on Monday, May 23.

The centrally located facility will enable the community to access the Greenville Humane Society's expanded service offerings, including enhanced animal adoptions, an expanded low-cost spay/neuter clinic and foster program designed to safeguard animals that are not yet ready for adoption.

In 2009 alone, Greenville Humane Society found homes for more than 5,300 animals, performed nearly 11,000 spay/neuter surgeries and fostered 1.350 animals back to health. The Society is proud to manage the largest no-kill shelter in the area and operate the only low-cost Spay/Neuter Clinic in Greenville.

The general public and members of the business community are invited to participate in in the Society's "For the Animals and Our Community Campaign" that will help fund the new facility and eventually turn it into a campus with dog parks, trails and an education center. Visit for additional information.