Spay & Neuter In Franklin County (SNIF)

About SNIF

This program is available for residents of Northern Wake County, Southern Granville County and Franklin County, NC 

Paws For Life has long realized that pet overpopulation is a very serious problem in this area. Much of this problem stems from the fact that many low income families cannot afford to spay or neuter their pets. To help combat this problem, a group of volunteers with Paws For Life has developed the SNIF Program (Spay & Neuter In Franklin County).

This program provides subsidies for sterilization of dogs and cats for low to mid income families living in Franklin County North Carolina, northern Wake County and Southern Granville County.  Families who qualify will be able to spay or neuter their pets for Free to a low co-pay of $30/$45 for cats and $45/$65 for dogs depending on your income – the remaining cost is covered through Paws For Life through fund-raisers and donations.

In addition to the sterilization surgery, animals will also receive pain medication, and rabies shot.  Here are some examples of other services that are available at the time of your appointment.

YOU are to pay for these services NOT PAWS FOR LIFE! When making your appointment, ask for pricing:

  • Pre-Operative Bloodwork – Some Veterinarians require this to do surgery. Ask when making your appointment
  • Heartworm Testing in Dogs –
  • Vaccines –
  • Flea Treatment- Capstar to kill adult fleas if your pet has fleas- this helps minimize the risk to other patients and hospital infestation during their stay.

If you or Veterinarian request any of these other options or medications you are responsible to pay for those fees not Paws For Life.

More About Spay And Neuter-

  • An unspayed cat & her kittens can produce 420,000 cats in 7 years.
  • An unspayed dog & her pups can produce 67,000 dogs in 6 years.
  • Dogs that are not spayed or neutered are 3 times more likely to bite.
  • Having your animal spayed or neutered can prevent several types of cancer.
  • Spayed or neutered animals live 2-3 years longer than those that are not sterilized.
  • Spaying or neutering your pet will decrease the urge for them to roam and get into fights.
  • Every spayed or neutered pet helps reduce the number of unwanted animals that end up in our county shelter, therefore reducing the number of animals destroyed every year.

Qualification Criteria

Residents who can show proof of financial need qualify. When submitting an application, one of the following proving financial need is required:

  • Medicaid Card (adult, not child)
  • Letter granting Social Security Income (adult, not child) NOT a qualification, unless SS is your only income, proven by providing last year’s tax return or last three bank statements showing deposit of SS I check
  • IRS Form 1040 showing income levels less than the limits below:
You can also summit a letter stating special circumstances and need for assistance
Household Income Copay Fee
Under $15,000 Free
$15,001 to $25,000 $30 for cats  $45 for dogs
$25,001 to $50,000 $45 for cats  $65 for dogs

You must have subsidy approval before an appointment can be scheduled.  Once you have received your voucher, you may contact the vets listed on the voucher to make an appointment.

How to Apply

If you are unable to download and print the application, you may call us at 919-990-1047 and a volunteer will mail you an application.

Additional Spay & Neuter Programs

Those who do not qualify for our program or live outside of Franklin County, you may contact SNAP (Spay & Neuter Assistance Program) for other low cost spay and neuter options. They may be reached at 919-783-7627 or by visiting