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Frequently Asked Questions about the Spay/Neuter Program

What is the purpose of the Spay/Neuter Program?
Who is eligible for reimbursement?
What types of spay/neuter programs are eligible for reinbursement?
Do the programs have to occur all year long?
What expenses are reimbursable and which are not?
Is full reimbursement guaranteed?
What is the definition of low-income?
How and when can cities and counties be reimbursed?
How is the program funded?
Who do I contact for information about the Spay/Neuter Program?
Who must annually report data under the spay/neuter statutes? What data must they report?How do they file a report?

What is the purpose of the Spay/Neuter Program?

The Spay/Neuter Program is intended “to foster the spaying and neutering of dogs and cats for the purpose of reducing the population of unwanted animals in the State.” The program has two parts: education and local spay/neuter assistance.

Who is eligible for reimbursement?

Cities and counties are eligible to apply for reimbursement of direct costs of spays & neuters of cats and dogs owned by low-income persons. Cities and counties may contract with a private veterinarian(s), a spay/neuter clinic operated by the county or city, or a spay/neuter clinic operated by a private organization(s). These contracted entities may be located within the jurisdiction or outside of the jurisdiction.

The program cannot provide direct reimbursement to individuals, veterinarians, or private organizations such as humane societies or SPCAs.

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What types of spay/neuter programs are eligible for reinbursement?

The city or county must provide a year-round program to reduce the cost of spaying or neutering dogs or cats owned by low-income people. The program can consist of one or more of the following:

  • a spay/neuter clinic operated by the county or city;
  • a spay/neuter clinic operated by a private organization under contract or other arrangement with the county or city;
  • a contract or contracts with one or more veterinarians, whether or not located within the county, to provide reduced-cost spaying and neutering services;
  • assistance with (subvention of) the spaying and neutering costs incurred by low-income pet owners through the use of vouchers or other procedures that provide a discount on the cost charged by a participating veterinarian or other provider;
  • assistance with (subvention of) the spaying and neutering costs incurred by people who adopt a pet from an animal shelter operated by or under contract with the city or county

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Do the programs have to occur all year long?

Yes, the statute requires that the program operate year-round.

What expenses are reimbursable and which are not?

Cities or counties may receive reimbursement for the direct cost of an eligible procedure. Reimbursable costs include anesthesia, medication and veterinary services.

Administrative costs are not reimbursable. Capital expenditures for facilities and equipment associated with the provision of the procedure are not reimbursable.

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Is full reimbursement guaranteed?

No, not necessarily. If there is not sufficient money in the fund to pay 100% of the amounts requested, a formula was created by the General Assembly to pay requests based upon certain criteria. In this event, fifty percent (50%) of the available funds in the Spay/Neuter Account shall be reserved for reimbursement for eligible applicants within development tier one areas as defined in G.S. 143B‑437.08. The remaining fifty percent (50%) of the funds shall be used to fund reimbursement requests from eligible applicants in development tier two and three areas as defined in G.S. 143B‑437.08.

Among the eligible counties and cities in (a.) development tier one areas, and (b.) development tier two and three areas, reimbursement shall be made to each eligible county or city in proportion to the number of dogs and cats that have received rabies vaccinations during the preceding fiscal year in that county or city, as compared to the number of dogs and cats that have received rabies vaccinations during the preceding fiscal year by all of the eligible applicants in the respective development tier group: (a.) development tier one, or (b.) development tier two and three. County tier designations are available on the N.C. Department of Commerce website.

Distribution of funds will no longer be based on rabies vaccines effective for the fourth quarter reimbursements of 2013. Funds will be distributed in proportion to spay/neuter procedures per one thousand people in that city or county as compared to the total rate of spay/neuter procedures per one thousand people for the city/county's respective Tier Group (either Tier 1 or Tiers 2/3). Additionally, reimbursement for each surgical procedure will not be more than 150% of the average reimbursement for each procedure type (cat spay, dog spay, cat neuter, dog neuter) from the prior calendar year. These will be the maximum amounts that can be reimbursed for each procedure type, and are as follows for the fourth quarter of 2013:

Dog Spay: $126.23

Cat Spay: $96.00

Dog Neuter: $112.20

Cat Neuter: $71.13

Click HERE to read the new NC General Statutes pertaining to the distribution of funds and cap on procedures.

Click HERE to read a memo on this topic, including a chart of the procedure caps.

What is the definition of low-income?

The definition of “low-income” will change on October 1, 2010 to “an individual who qualifies for one or more of the programs of public assistance administered by the Department of Health and Human Services pursuant to Chapter 108A of the General Statutes or an individual whose annual household income is under 300 percent of the federal poverty level guidelines.”

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How and when can cities and counties be reimbursed?

Eligible cities and counties must submit the  North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services application form for reimbursement, postmarked by the last day of the month following each quarterly reimbursement period (by January 31st, April 30th, July 31st, and October 31st), in order to receive a distribution from the fund for that quarter.

The application form for reimbursement is available at: www.ncspayneuter.com

NCDA&CS has 30 days to make payment from the end of the closing date for receipt of the application for each quarter.

How is the program funded?

Funding is voluntary and comes mainly from two sources.

  1. You may request a special “I Care” Animal Lovers license plate for your car. The plate will include additional fees over the usual cost of a license plate. A $20 fee will be paid into the Spay/Neuter Fund from the sale of each “I Care” Animal Lovers license plate. Information about requesting the license plate is available online from the Division of Motor Vehicles. Click the button for Specialized License Plates. It is listed as "Animal Lovers."
  2. Additionally, $250,000 will be transferred yearly from the Animal Feed and Pet Food Branch, Food and Drug Protection Division to the Spay/Neuter Account.

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Who do I contact for information about the Spay/Neuter Program?

The NCDA&CS Animal Welfare Section administers the Spay/Neuter Program.  The contact information for the Spay/Neuter Program is:

Spay/Neuter Program
1030 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-1030
phone: (919) 715-7111
FAX: (919) 733-6431
email: agr.aws@ncagr.gov

Who must annually report data under the spay/neuter statutes? What data must they report? How do they file a report?

According to the law, “Every county or city animal shelter, or animal shelter operated under contract with a county or city or otherwise in receipt of State or local funding shall prepare an annual report in the form required by the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services setting forth the numbers, by species, of animals received into the shelter, the number adopted out, the number returned to owner, and the number destroyed. The report shall also contain the total operating expenses of the shelter and the cost per animal handled. The report shall be filed with the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services by March1 of each year.  A city or county that does not timely file the report required by this Section is not eligible to receive reimbursement payments …”

 

 

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NCDA&CS Veterinary Division, Dr. David Marshall, DVM, State Veterinarian
Mailing Address:1030 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, NC 27699-1030
Physical Address: 2 W. Edenton Street, Raleigh, NC 27601
Phone: (919) 733-7601; FAX: (919) 733-2277