§ 16-59 Spay-Neuter Assistance Program
A.
Purpose.  To promote spay and neuter of domestic dogs and cats by providing funds and education 
for alteration for Henderson County residents on spay and neuter services and issues. 
B.
Assistance Program.  For the purpose of this section, adoption means not commercially sold and
includes all rescues, havens, shelters or other animal welfare, non-profit organizations in
Henderson County, in addition to the County Animal Services Center.
C. 
Assistance Program. 
(1)
Authority. Henderson County Animal Services is authorized to establish, equip, operate, 
maintain and provide spay/neuter services for Henderson County dogs and cats.  Animal 
Services is likewise authorized to contract with any individual, corporation, nonprofit 
organization, governmental body or any other group for the purpose of providing 
alteration services for Henderson County cats and dogs.  
(2)
Assistance Fund.  Henderson County Animal Services Center may establish a Spay and 
Neuter Assistance Program Fund to collect and distribute funds to assist eligible residents
of Henderson County with financial resources for animal alteration.  These monies may 
also be used toward education program costs. Funds collected at the Henderson County 
Animal Services Rabies Clinics shall be contributed to this fund.
(3)
SNAP Voucher program.  Vouchers may be available at the Henderson County Animal 
Services Center to low-income residents of Henderson County which may be redeemed 
for spay/neuter services at designated local providers.
(4)
Boarding charge.   Henderson County Animal Services shall establish a return date by 
which a person submitting an animal for alteration shall pick up the animal or be subject 
to a reasonable boarding fee as established by Henderson County to commence after the 
return date.  If the animal is not picked up within 5 business days of the return date, 
Animal Services shall consider the animal abandoned and/or relinquished and may adopt 
out or euthanize the animal as necessary.
D.
Education program.  
(1)
Written Information.  Henderson County will prepare and distribute educational information to
Henderson County pet owners regarding responsible pet ownership and retention, importance of
animal alteration, and resources to assist eligible pet owners have their animals altered.
(2)
Educational events.  Henderson County may coordinate with related organizations and
individuals to provide Henderson County residents with classes, events, and other activities to
enhance the community’s awareness of animal issues including animal overpopulation,
responsible pet ownership and retention and the importance of alteration.  
(3)
Henderson County may prepare and distribute educational information regarding responsible pet
ownership, animal alteration, spay/neuter assistance, and resources for assistance with other
issues.
(4)
Educational Events. Henderson County may coordinate with related organizations and
individuals to provide Henderson County residents with classes, events, and other activities to
enhance the community’s awareness of animal issues.