About Spay Neuter Veterinary Clinic of the Sandhills
The Spay Neuter Veterinary Clinic of the Sandhills (SNVC) of Fayetteville is a high-quality, high volume, low-cost spay-neuter, and wellness clinic.
About The Spay Neuter Veterinary Clinic
SNVC works with shelters, rescue groups, and private practices in the area to help ensure that no animal goes without veterinary care, no matter what the owners’ finances are. SNVC of Fayetteville is excited to be able to offer not only spay /neuter services but also general wellness services and low-cost/no-cost vaccination clinics for our community.
The Spay Neuter Clinic originally opened in Vass, NC on December 10, 2007, and was founded by Dr. Joseph Currie, with support from the Companion Animal Clinic Foundation. In 2014, Dr. Cindy Eaton took over ownership of the clinic from Dr. Currie, which was a natural transition since she had been managing the practice since 2008. SNVC was partnered with the Companion Animal Clinic Foundation from 2007 to 2019 to allow us to provide surgeries at or below cost to owners and rescues.
Starting in 2020, SNVC began a new partnership with The Spay Neuter Initiative Program (SNIP) to ensure that SNVC would be able to continue to support and subsidize surgeries for 501c3 rescue groups and those in financial need. SNIP is a non-profit created to fill the gap in pet care that happens when an owner simply cannot afford the care they want to give their pet. With the new partnership, SNVC was able to expand services to include wellness and vaccines and vastly increase their financial assistance program for both surgeries and vaccinations.
SNIP and SNVC are here to provide low-cost services to rescue groups and to owners if they happen to find themselves in a tight financial position and are not able to afford the full cost of services. Our goal is to ensure that all pets get the veterinary care that they need, regardless of the owner’s finances, through offering vouchers to greatly subsidize the costs of spay/neuter surgery or other wellness services.SNVC has grown so much since opening in 2007 and has performed more than 88,000 high quality, low-cost spay and neuter surgeries since that date.
Over the last almost thirteen years, SNVC has vastly outgrown the building that we were leasing in Vass and, at the close of 2020, moved to an updated, much larger space to continue to grow and operate. The new clinic building is located at 2709 Bragg Blvd, Fayetteville. Cumberland County and neighboring Robeson County were identified as the area of highest need for low-cost spay and neuter services in North Carolina. Through this move, we were able to expand our services to help more pets who would not otherwise be receiving adequate veterinary care.
Call (910) 400-SNVC (7682) for appointments to spay/neuter your pets!
History of SNVC Events
The Spay Neuter Veterinary Clinic of the Sandhills (“SNVC”) opened on December 10, 2007, and has performed more than 80,000 low-cost, high-quality spay and neuter surgeries since then. The Spay Neuter Veterinary Clinic works with area animal shelters, rescues, and individual pet owners with the mission to provide affordable pet surgeries in North Carolina to address the pet overpopulation problem.
In its first year of operation, the SNVC performed over 4,700 spay/neuter surgeries for the initial nine-county service area. By the end of 2008, the SNVC was performing at the rate of over 40 surgeries a day! Dr. Mackie joined as a surgeon at SNVC shortly after we opened, and Dr. Eaton joined in July 2008 as the chief surgeon and managed operations of the clinic.
2009 and 2010
In 2009, SNVC performed 6300 surgeries, and 2010 brought a renovation to our building which allowed us to expand the surgery suite and let us complete over 6600 surgeries!
2012 and 2013
On February 8, 2012, SNVC reached the milestone of 25,000 surgeries performed and celebrated with an open house at the clinic! In 2012 and 2013, CAC and SNVC were granted funds to help a target community to help control the overpopulation in that area. The community was chosen based on calls to Animal Control and the average income for the area. The grant allowed 160 animals to be spayed or neutered but also gave the opportunity for SNVC staff to help educate a community on the importance of spaying and neutering.
SNVC Staff saw the benefit that the reduced-priced surgeries had and the relief on the owners’ faces, and in 2012, the FIXX fund was started. The FIXX fund helped to reduce the cost of surgery for any owners on financial assistance. It was funded through fundraisers held by SNVC staff. They have done Chili Cook-offs, yard sales, bake sales, pancake breakfasts, served at restaurants, and done many other fundraisers through the years to keep the FIXX fund up and running through the years. The hard work paid off as the FIXX Fund has helped countless owners offer care that they would not otherwise be able to afford. As the number of surgeries performed expanded and financial assistance options increased, so did the reach of the clinic. By the start of 2013, SNVC served eleven counties in Central North Carolina and even some patients from South Carolina!
2014 was a really busy year for the Spay Neuter Veterinary Clinic! In January 2014, Dr. Cindy Eaton took over ownership of the clinic from the original owner, Dr. Joseph Currie. Dr. Currie was such a huge help in forming the clinic, and SNVC is so grateful for all he did for the clinic in those first six years. SNVC reached 40,000 surgeries on September 24th of 2014! Panda was the lucky 40,000th surgery and was an adorable patient. 2014 was also the year when they finally broke the mark of 7,000 surgeries in one year! That was a huge accomplishment and a full team effort!
2015 brought about the milestone of completing 50,000 surgeries on October 28th and the highest per year surgery count to date of 7566 surgeries! It was a busy but very rewarding year!
SNVC received a grant through CAC from PetSmart Charities in 2016 that allowed us to target the animals that will provide some of the biggest reductions in overpopulation by performing 430 surgeries on puppies, kittens, and feral cats. Reducing pet overpopulation is best achieved by making sure that animals are all spayed or neutered prior to going into heat. The community cat or feral cat population can be a huge contributor to overpopulation as well. Encouraging caretakers to maintain outdoor cat colonies that are all spayed and neutered has a huge benefit to the animals as well as the people in the area.
In 2017 the Spay It Forward Program was put into full swing. The program allowed owners to donate money to help benefit those in need. For the year, SNVC decided that each month we would pick a different rescue group to donate the money raised to! We were able to help 12 different organizations during the year, allowing them to help even more animals! SNVC reached the milestone of 60,000 surgeries performed in 2017, and we were lucky enough to be featured in a news article stressing the importance of spaying and neutering!
2018 brought about the ten-year anniversary of the Spay Neuter Clinic being open, as well as the anniversary of both Dr. Jay Mackie and Dr. Cindy Eaton being with the Spay Neuter Clinic for ten years!
Thanks to a grant received from Bissell Partners for Pets in 2018, SNVC was able to neuter an additional 255 dogs for owners that would not have otherwise afforded surgery!
In 2019, SNVC received a $15,000 grant to help those owners who receive financial assistance to get their pets spayed or neutered for no cost! This was an amazing gift for those owners and animals in need!
At the start of 2020, SNVC began its partnership with a new Non-profit, The Spay Neuter Initiative Program. As part of that partnership, our financial assistance program has grown hugely since the new partnership with SNIP, and we have been able to subsidize surgery costs for significantly more patients with owners on financial assistance and rescue groups so in 2020 versus any year previous!
SNVC reached the milestone of 80,000 surgeries completed in March 2020, just before the country was shaken by the COVID crisis. When COVID hit SNVC, just like all businesses had to adjust to the changes necessary to keep everyone safe. After briefly closing to the public to allow us to develop a system to continue to serve those in need with minimum contact, we are back open and in full swing.
Even will all that the world was dealing with, SNVC spent 2020 planning for the future. With the end of the current building lease approaching, there was a great deal of research into the best location for the new building. We looked all over NC at the areas of greatest need for spay-neuter in NC, and the resounding answer was that we were most needed in Cumberland and Robeson County.
At the end of 2020, we packed up our old home in Vass in preparation for bigger and better things in the future. The move was bittersweet as we have been so blessed to call Moore County their home for the first 13 years, but it was time we move to our new home of Cumberland County.
2021 was a year of huge changes and growth as we moved from Moore County to Cumberland County. As with everything in 2021, the renovations on our new building took longer than expected, but we were blessed to have the support of a local emergency clinic in Fayetteville that helped provide a temporary home so we could continue surgery!
In June, with the support of SNIP and Best Friends Network Partners, we were able to get and move into our amazing Spay Shuttle! The Spay Shuttle is a mobile surgery unit that has 2 surgery tables, a prep table, an autoclave, a fridge, and a whole bank of cages. It has everything needed to perform surgeries and house patients! The Spay Shuttle was a huge help as renovation finished on our Bragg Blvd location and later served as a unit to allow us to do remote surgeries and vaccination clinics.
August 2021 brought about the biggest milestone of the year! We were finally able to do surgery in our brand-new, state-of-the-art veterinary clinic! The staff, veterinarians, patients, and volunteers all rejoiced as we could finally move into and spread out in our 7000 sq foot building! The new building is twice the size of the building we moved from. With the added space for animal housing, surgery, treatment, wellness exam rooms, and space for a proper lobby, we look forward to many years of calling Fayetteville our home!
In 2022, SNVC was able to get fully settled in the new building at 2709 Bragg Blvd in Fayetteville. Having the extra space and all brand-new equipment has allowed us to help even more animals than ever before. We have greatly expanded our wellness services, allowing pets to get vaccines, heartworm preventatives, and other preventive medicine. SNVC has been busy using the mobile surgery unit, the Spay Shuttle, to go into the areas of greatest need to perform remote surgeries. Thanks to SNIP grant funding and our partnership with Best Friends, we were able to perform surgeries on the Spay Shuttle in Robeson County at NO COST to the owners for 300 animals. The Spay Shuttle also was well used for holding vaccine clinics out in the community, some at no cost to the owners.
Since 2022 was such a busy year, it was clear early on we needed more doctors on deck to help! Dr. Eaton is the owner of SNVC and has been lucky to have many wonderful veterinarians help her with surgeries over the last few years, but it never seems like there are enough vets to keep up! In 2022, SNVC was blessed to hire not one but two amazing Veterinarians to help meet the demand and stay ahead! Dr. Allie Pellerito joined SNVC as the second full-time veterinarian in May of 2022! Dr. Pellerito has been critical in building our wellness services and helping us keep up with the never-ending surgical requests. We don’t know how we survived before Dr. Pellerito joined our team! Dr. Debra Sampson joined our team in September 2022 as a part-time veterinarian to help with our wellness and surgery needs. Dr. Sampson fits perfectly with our team and jumped into surgery and wellness with both feet. We are so lucky in this time of a Veterinary shortage to have found such amazing team members. SNVC has big plans for all three of the veterinarians for 2023!
SNVC found a way to make it easier for pets to get the information that they need for their pets by updating our website and providing a pet portal so owners can always access their pets’ medical records at snvc.use2.ezyvet.com/external/portal/. To make it easier for owners to get the medications and supplies that they need, we implemented an online pharmacy so your meds can be delivered right to your door! Please check out our website at www.SpayNeuterVet.org and our online pharmacy at https://spayandneuter.myvetstoreonline.pharmacy/.
SNIP was busy writing grants and fundraising to help fund the SNIP program to provide financial assistance for owners at SNVC. So far, in 2022, thanks to the support of SNIP, SNVC was able to do over 3,600 surgeries at a reduced price for pets with owners on financial assistance and rescue group animals. This is an amazing feat and requires fundraising and grant writing to achieve.
SNIP and SNVC were successful in partnering with PetCo to receive grants to help cover the cost of vaccines for close to 4000 animals! SNIP and SNVC are proud to be partnering with Petco Love in their commitment to reach 2 million free pet vaccines and help end life-threatening diseases in pets. Top diseases preventable by vaccines are impacting our pets nationally. Parvovirus, distemper in dogs, and panleukopenia in cats are seen too often impacting our most vulnerable pets. That’s why we’re taking action to help keep your pets healthy and providing free pet vaccines directly to you.
You can register your pet for a free pet vaccine at the time of surgery, at a wellness appointment, or through our vaccine clinics. Watch our Facebook and website for more information! Together, with Petco Love, we can keep the pets in our community healthier and save more pet lives!
SNVC CELEBRATES 15 YEARS!
The Spay Neuter Veterinary Clinic of the Sandhills opened at its original location in Vass, NC, on December 10, 2007, and was founded by Dr. Joseph Currie. In 2014, Dr. Cindy Eaton took over ownership of the clinic from Dr. Currie, which was a natural transition since she had been managing the practice since 2008. At the start of 2020, SNVC began the partnership with the non-profit, The Spay Neuter Initiative Program (SNIP) and started planning the move to the new building in Fayetteville, NC, since SNVC had outgrown the Vass location. The increased size of the Fayetteville location and support of SNIP has allowed SNVC to add affordable wellness care, low-cost vaccine clinics, and remote services with the Spay Shuttle.
Since opening the Fayetteville location in 2021 amidst the COVID pandemic, SNVC was not able to have a proper open house with tours. With December marking the 15th anniversary, it is the perfect time to host an open house and anniversary event! SNVC would love to invite you to join us at the festivities on December 17th from 9 am until 2 pm. The Open House will include clinic tours, an opportunity to meet the amazing staff, educational activities, a food truck, and a 50/50 raffle and raffle for many other great gifts.
We are helping to use the profits from our raffle to help fund our financial assistance program, which reduces the price of surgery for owners on financial assistance and rescue groups. Please share the link for our online raffle and keep checking back as new raffle items are being added!
Looking forward to 2023
SNVC has lots planned for 2023! We are expanding our services even further through additional vaccination clinics, remote surgeries, and wellness care. Come to our open house and watch our website for lots more details!
2023 will mark a year of getting out into the community! SNVC is setting up vaccination clinics in Harnett, Moore, Cumberland, and Robeson Counties. We hope to spread out even further to reach all the animals in need. Vaccines and heartworm prevention are critical to ensure that pets live the longest and happiest lives possible. We are so excited to ensure even more owners can provide the care they want for their pets.
Since our move, Robeson County has been a huge focus of our practice. We have had several vaccination clinics in the county, have been bringing the mobile surgery unit to Robeson County to perform surgery, and SNIP wrote several grants to allow for rescue group animals and privately owned animals to receive free surgeries at both our Fayetteville location and on the Spay Shuttle. Looking forward to 2023, SNVC and SNIP have two HUGE announcements that will bring us so much closer to Robeson County! Watch our Facebook page and website after the open house for the official announcement!
Through all the wellness and vaccination clinics done in 2022, we found that North Carolina has a really high prevalence of heartworm disease, and there are many animals not able to receive treatment for heartworms due to the high cost of injectable treatment. We are hoping by the end of 2023 to be able to offer the “fast kill” heartworm treatments to our patients! Keep watching our Website and Facebook page for announcements.
We are hoping to continue to increase the number of animals who participate in the SNIP financial assistance program and the number of rescue animals that we serve. Our mission of reducing overpopulation is achieved by ensuring that as many animals are spayed/ neutered as possible, especially those who otherwise would not be able to.
SNIP and SNVC have some pretty big goals for 2023, and we depend on you to help us achieve these goals, as the cost is great. Please consider making a monthly pledge to SNIP, supporting SNIP through the purchase of raffle tickets for the open house, and spreading the word about our organizations. Visit our websites for information on how you can donate. If you would like to be part of the mailing list for future fundraisers and events, please email SNIP at email@example.com.
SNIP and SNVC also depend heavily on volunteers to survive. We need countless volunteers to help with animal care, administrative work, fundraisers, advertising, and helping the clinic stay up and running every single day. If you are able to volunteer or want more information visit our website https://spayneutervet.org/volunteer/
Thank you for your support and your part in making 2022 such an amazing year! We hope everyone has a wonderful holiday season and an amazing New Year!