One county in the east is offering free spay and neutering for your dog.
The Carteret County Health Department has been awarded a two-year grant from PetSmart Charities® worth $183,620.
The grant allows any Carteret County resident who needs to have their dogs spayed or neutered get the surgery for free.
Tommy Bell of the Carteret County Animal Control says, "It will remove the financial barriers which keep many dog owners from spaying or neutering their dogs and will help promote responsible pet ownership."
Starting this week, Carteret County dog owners can apply for the services which will be provided at no charge by participating Carteret County veterinarians.
You'll need to call the Animal Control/Pest Management office at (252) 728-8585 between 8:00 AM to 12 Noon and 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM Monday through Friday to make an appointment.
When you come in for your appointment, bring your driver's license and a current electric bill.
There will be no limit on the number of dogs per household, but your dog needs to be at least four months old.
Along with the surgery, dogs will receive one-year or three- year rabies vaccination. For the three-year vaccination, dogs must be up to date on their rabies vaccine.
The Carteret County Health Department says their goal is to spay and neuter 1,470 dogs within the two-year period.