Spay Neuter Charlotte Annual Update

It has been another hugely successful year for Spay Neuter Charlotte. In 2016 we accomplished 11,752 surgeries, a new clinic record and are edging closer every day to a grant total of 50,000. We touched over 14,000 patients with our weekly wellness services, provided 300 dogs and cats with free pet food and did over 500 free surgeries for Charlotte Mecklenburg Animal Care and Control. Our success is in large part due to the incredible administrative and medical teams in our NoDa and Pineville offices. These are the folks who represent our commitment to exemplary customer and patient care every day. As you might well imagine these aren’t the most glamorous jobs but there isn’t a more qualified and dedicated group in the region. Please note, that I said “the region” and I would go so far as to say, “anywhere.” They are a remarkable collective who I am so proud to call friends and colleagues.

2017 is shaping up to be a transformational year for Spay Neuter Charlotte. We are two weeks away from opening our third clinic in Lake Norman (325 Rolling Hill Road) and I don’t know who is more tickled pink about this expansion – us or the pet owners in the area. We can’t wait to open the door and become trusted friends and partners with the community.

As we prepare to open the Lake Norman Clinic, the renovations are well underway on 32nd Street, which will be the new home of our NoDa clinic. The interior of the building has been gutted and just this week they are beginning the reconstruction process. Our plan is to transform 9,700 square feet into a larger space for spay neuter and for a non-profit veterinary practice to better meet the needs of pet owners in the community.

Of course I would be remiss if I didn’t express my gratitude to our remarkable clients and patients. You are the reason that we do this incredibly gratifying work. We have had 260 individuals make a donation to the “brick by brick” campaign for a total of more than $4,000. You will make it possible for us to purchase a new piece of equipment from our wish list. Thank you!! Stay tuned as we finalize the plans for the permanent wall of paws!!!

-Cary Bernstein, Founder & Executive Director

Here are a few of our favorite photos from the year!

Rockstar vet assistant Warren posing with a patient!
We celebrated our 5th birthday in August! 
Greer Walker employees volunteered their time at the clinic. One thing they helped us with was inserting pins on a map of the Charlotte region so we know where our clients come from.
Spay Neuter Charlotte founder and executive director poses with a puppy who came in to the clinic to get fixed. Don’t they kind of look like twins? 
Here is a rendering of what our new NoDa Clinic located on 32nd Street will look like!

Can I Get A Ride? Why Rescue Transport Maters

At SNC, about 25% of our surgery patients are rescue animals. These are dogs and cats that, in their few years (or weeks) on earth, have been through so much in life. Ranging from 8 weeks to 15+ years old, some of these dogs or cats were born strays, some were surrendered by their owners, and many have been saved from horrible situations that we think only happen on TV. The general public knows about rescue groups and the slogan “adopt, don’t shop!” time and time again or the hashtag #adoptdontshop. But what you may not know is the important role of rescue transport.

At Spay Neuter Charlotte, we work closely with several rescue groups, one such group is Project Safe Pet,  who frequently transport dogs and cats from southern to northern states. Due to lack of (and poorly regulated) spay/neuter laws in the southern states, our shelters quickly become overpopulated with dogs, puppies, cats and kittens. So often a female dog or cat will get pregnant and owners don’t want the financial or emotional burden of a litter so the pregnant dog or cat will get surrendered to a shelter, where she then has babies. These noble rescue groups will save the moms, the babies, those with special needs, the sick, the old, the scared and the “unadoptable.” They will vet these animals, spay/neuter them and once the dogs and cats are healthy and healed, they will be taken to places like New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, Ohio, and more. Many of these rescued animals have potential adopters before they even reach their northern destination. States in the northeast have stricter animal laws and thus don’t have the abundance of homeless pets and overcrowding that we unfortunately experience in North Carolina. 

Rescue groups always need help from volunteers. They need donations of dog and puppy food as well as monetary donations to go toward vet bills, crates, interactive toys, treats, fosters, transporters, and advocates. If you have any interest in donating time, goods, or helping foster a dog or cat between shelter life and their forever home, email and we can help get you in contact with some amazing people who work hard to save lives every day! 

-Nora, Patient & Rescue Services Manager

Illustration credit: Ed van der Hoek

Here are some dogs we’ve fixed from one of the various rescue groups that send the animals up north once they are vetted and healthy!