Eastern Carolina low-cost spay and neuter clinic set to close

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WITN) – An Eastern Carolina non-profit that spays and neuters pets at a low cost is at risk of closing.

As cats and dogs wait to get spayed, there is concern that this service may soon end, contributing to what is already an animal overpopulation.

“I don’t mean to sound dramatic, but it’s going to be extremely harmful for everybody,” said Farmville Resident Jaime Marcum.

The staff at Spay Today in Greenville is working to find a solution.

“My plea would be if there’s any veterinarians out there that wanna help out maybe work one day a week with us and put us on a regular schedule one day a week if we can get our four days filled again, we won’t have to close,” said Gayle Bailey, the Spay Today Board of Directors.

Spay Today, a non-profit with a mission to provide low-cost spay and neuter services, will be closing on May 30th unless they can find another vet.

“We’ve been on the search now for about six weeks looking for a replacement. We have not had real good luck,” said Bailey.

Since opening in 2006, they have fixed almost 80,000 dogs and cats, and Bailey says they charge 25% less than a normal vet.

Now, a team from Farmville who traps, neuters, and releases the cats is in a panic about finding another vet to take them.

“Unfortunately, there’s not another spay and neuter program close to us,” said Marcum.

“When I first heard about Spay Today closing, it was absolute devastation. Our shelters are already overpopulated as it is,” said Farmville resident Tammty Matis.

Now, the hope is that vets will come together to help the animals that need it.

“We really appreciate the community support, and we hope that between the community continuing to help fund us, support us and hopefully, some veterinarians will step up and be able to continue this mission,” said Bailey.

Bailey asked if any vet is interested in working with Spay Today to email them right away. Their email can be found on their website.

The Pitt County Animal Shelter also uses Spay Today for its adopted animals, and if Spay Today were to close, it would also have to find another vet.