In order to help reduce the pet overpopulation and keep pets healthy in Rutherford County, the Community Pet Center began a low-cost Spay and Neuter Program several years ago. All pets receive the following services: Spay/Neuter Surgery, Pain Medication Injection, Wellness Exam, Rabies Vaccine, Distemper/Parvo or Distemper Feline Vaccine. This program is open to any resident of Rutherford County, regardless of income.
SPAY/NEUTER $50 CLINICS ARE HELD THROUGHOUT THE YEAR. PLEASE CALL THE CPC OFFICE DURING NORMAL OFFICE HOURS AT (828) 287-7738 FOR $50 SPECIALS.
Pet Food Pantry
The Pet Food Pantry is open Monday through Friday from Noon to 4 pm and the 1st and 3rd Saturdays from 9 a.m. to Noon. We provide free pet food for low-income Rutherford County residents. The following documentation is needed: Proof of identification (driver’s license, etc.) Proof of low-income (Medicaid, WIC, Food Stamps, SSI), Proof of rabies vaccination certificate after the first visit. Food can be obtained every month.
Contact information for Rescues: call 828-287-7738 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. To be approved, new rescue organizations need to email 501(c)(3) info (or other similar info) along with their rescue adoption contract, adoption application, two vet references (without excellent vet references rescues are not approved to pull), and names of those authorized to pull on their behalf. Approved rescues may pull at no cost; a full range of vetting services are available for $120 per animal. Adoption fee $80, covers spay/neuters, rabies, and other initial vaccinations. $20 fee to adopt if an animal is already spayed or neutered. Adoptions and rescues are first-come, first serve.
New Leash on Life
This program is a collaboration with the Rutherford County Correctional Center in Spindale. Volunteer inmate trainers provide care, training, socialization, structure and love for four rescue dogs every eight weeks. These dogs are taught basic skills and a variety of tricks. They are evaluated for Canine Good Citizenship and some of them are trained to become service dogs. While training is in the process, volunteers are accepting applications and arranging meetings to find excellent forever homes for these second chance rescue dogs.