Haywood Spay/Neuter needs caring folks like YOU to prevent deaths by shelter euthanasia and make the lives of dogs and cats in Haywood County healthier, happier, and litter-free.
Here are a few examples of how volunteers help us reach our goals:
Bi-weekly spay/neuter transports
- Greet four-legged clients and their owners from 7:30 AM to 9:00 AM every other
Wednesday, when pets are dropped off at our office, the transport collection site. Not a
morning person? Then meet the clinic transport truck for pet returns every other
Thursday from 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM to answer questions and help owners understand
post-surgery instructions for their pet.
- Provide transportation to a low-income dog that needs a lift to our bi-weekly transport
collection site (our office) by 8 AM. We provide a clean crate for your vehicle and
handle all the pre-registration details. You pick up the crate the day before, and then you
have the owner place the dog in the crate the next morning for group transport to the
clinic. Return the dog-in-crate to its owner around noon the following day. We clean the
- Not a glamorous job, but a very important part of our spay/neuter service! Many of our
clients do not own crates for their dog or cat, so we provide them for a small $5 use fee.
We sanitize all crates on site after each transport and then stack them for re-use. Wear
old clothes, rubber gloves, protective eyewear, and galoshes for a satisfying workout.
- TNR is an acronym for Trap-Neuter-Return. TNR volunteers help trap free-roaming,
outdoor cats in Haywood County for spay/neuter surgery and vaccinations. They also
investigate tips about colonies, canvas neighborhoods for unfixed cats, and monitor the
progress of large colonies as things calm down over time. We work in teams to get the
job done. Click here to learn more about TNR volunteers!
- Our board meets every 3rd Monday of the month. Do you have a special skill that will
help move current projects forward -- or launch one waiting for attention? Can you
expand our audience and improve our ability to provide spay/neuter services to low-
income pets? Then SAY YES! Current board members are animal lovers with a variety
of backgrounds and skills. Like you, we want to improve the welfare of pets and
eliminate shelter euthanasia of healthy animals. But we are stretched thin. We need to
increase our numbers to increase our effectiveness. We need YOU. Say YES!
Special events, festivals and fundraising
- Only a few hours to spare? If you love the hustle bustle of local festivals, then we invite
you to promote our mission and greet our booth visitors during special events and
fundraisers. We always appreciate assistance with venue set-up / take down. Want more
hands on with pets? Share your talents with a smile as you assist clients during our
periodic microchip and wellness clinics.
- If you enjoy making handcrafted products, consider donating your wares to sell at a local
festival for the benefit of Haywood Spay/Neuter. Handcrafted items are a hit with the
public, opening a door to spread the word about our mission while raising money for our
- Does a desk chair fit you better? Devote two to three hours a week to keep the whole
spay/neuter process going. Office volunteers help answer the phone, tell the public about
our low-cost programs and clinics, help process clients, file, re-organize, tidy up, and
stuff envelopes for mailings. Think outside the box and keep flyers stocked at key
locations to promote our services to low-income clients.
- Calling all talented writers, computer savvy individuals, and those with a flair for
marketing! Put your creative talents to work for the benefit of low-income dogs and cats,
saving lives with lower shelter intakes and fewer unwanted litters. Contribute to our
newsletters or promote a favorite project. There are stories to tell and many more pet
owners to reach!
- If you have a background in this area and a passion for helping animals, then we would
love to have you assist us in applying for grants. Spay/neuter, microchips, basic wellness
support, high-risk breed and community cat issues are core areas that need grantors.
“We need individuals who sincerely want to make a difference in the lives of Haywood County
animals. Your timing will never be better than if you come forward now. We are at a crossroads
to achieve the goal that animal advocates envisioned for years: no more homeless pets.” -
Connie Hewitt, Board President
If you've considered being a volunteer in the past, now is the time to act. Call the Haywood Spay/Neuter office at 828-452-1329 to discuss where you might best fit into the organization. Office hours are Tuesday - Friday from 11 AM to 5 PM or by appointment There is a place for YOU in Haywood Spay/Neuter!
Join the team!
Spay/Neuter Transport Day
Whole Bloomin' Thing Fundraiser
Promoting World Spay Day