The Humane Society of Beaufort County is a non-profit, all-volunteer organization dedicated to protecting the welfare of animals in our community. The main problem in our area is over-population with a large number of animals still not spayed or neutered. We strive to reduce these unwanted animals through our low-cost spay and neuter clinics held on an annual basis, spay and neuter assistance programs, and public education which includes classroom visits within the schools.
There are many benefits to having your pet spayed or neutered, the most important being reducing the overwhelming problem of over-population. Spaying eliminates unwanted heat cycles in both dogs and cats. Done prior to the first heat, spaying greatly reduces the risk of mammary cancer, as well as ovarian and uterine cancer and uterine infection. Neutered male dogs and cats are less likely to roam in search of females and get into fights with other males. Neutering a male cat prevents him from spraying to "mark" his territory both outdoors and in your home. A neutered male cat leads a longer life than a non-neutered male. The risk of prostate infection and cancer, as well as testicular cancer commonly seen in older, unaltered male dogs is greatly reduced.