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"CBC Distributes Azaleas, Honors A.J. Fletcher Winners, in 31st Annual Celebration"
November 2, 2016

(CBC) - On Saturday, October 22, 2016, CBC distributed azaleas to the winning nonprofits…
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March 31, 2017 Spayghetti Dinner
November 2, 2016 CBC Distributes Azaleas, Honors A.J. Fletcher Winners, in 31st Annual Celebration
September 23, 2016 Spayghetti Dinner
June 21, 2016 Spay Today celebrates 10 years of animal service
June 19, 2016 Pet Population Control: Clinic is saving lives, one spay at a time
June 14, 2016 Mellow Mushroom Fundraiser 2016
May 2016 Spay Today Announces 10 Year Anniversary
April 23, 2016 Free Pitt County Spring Rabies Clinic
April 8, 2016 Spayghetti Dinner 2016


Spayghetti Dinner

Spaghetti Dinner March 2017

March 31,2017
County Recreation Building
4561 County Home Road
Greenville NC, 27858

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CBC Distributes Azaleas, Honors A.J. Fletcher Winners, in 31st Annual Celebration

Corp’s Tim Grissom presents the 1st Place
A.J. Fletcher Award to Spay Today, Inc. during
the WRAL Azalea Celebration plant pick-up
on Saturday, October 22, 2016.

Published: November 2, 2016

(CBC) – On Saturday, October 22, 2016, CBC distributed azaleas to the winning nonprofits in the 31st annual WRAL Azalea Celebration at the CBC transmitter site off 5033 TV Tower Rd. Approximately 100 groups from all across the state of NC came to pick up their plants.

Every group is eligible to receive 50 azaleas to help beautify their ground, and CBC distributed 5,000 azaleas this year.

“We had an excellent variety of groups apply, and pick up plants,” said Corp Property Management Manager Tim Grissom. “There were schools, churches, and garden clubs working to improve their towns’ appearance. Like in the past we have a large number of schools apply, and we are always excited to see the kids get involved with improving their school grounds.”

North Carolina nonprofits are invited to apply each year to receive azaleas from Capitol Broadcasting Company. Applications are generally due in September, and winners notified a few weeks later. Pick up happens in mid-October each year.

“We had a beautiful sunny day to distribute the plants, and everything went very smoothly,” said Grissom of the 2016 distribution. “Having done this program for 31 years we have streamlined the distribution and loading process with help for volunteers.”

WRAL-TV, FOX 50, WRAL.com, MIX 101.5 WRAL-FM and NC Beautiful all work together to sponsor the annual program.

As part of each year’s celebration, three organizations are selected for a special honor. Three years after winning azaleas through the WRAL Azalea Celebrations, the organizations are invited to apply for the A.J. Fletcher Awards. The three groups determined to have done the best jobs taking care of their plants and implementing them into their landscape received a prize of additional azaleas and a cash award.

Grissom presented the awards to the winning organizations. He and the CBC Corp Property Management team worked with volunteers to help load azaleas for all of the organizations.

“It’s always a fun day, and I enjoy meeting, and talking with the different groups,” said Grissom. “I like to listen to the many ways the groups plan to use the plants to beautify their grounds, and their excitement of being chosen. This is such a great program, and has helped so many groups over the years that would not have had the funding to achieve the project on their own. 31 years down, and we are already planning on ways to make the 32nd Azalea Celebration even better.”

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Spayghetti Dinner

Spaghetti Dinner September 2016

September 23,2016
County Recreation Building
4561 County Home Road
Greenville NC, 27858

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Spay Today celebrates 10 years of animal service

By: Kelly Byrne, WNCT-TV
Published: June 21, 2016

(WNCT-TV) – One local spay and neuter clinic is celebrating its 10 year anniversary and all it's done for the pet-loving community.

Spay Today is working to get all dogs and cats fixed. The facility is celebrating its big 10 by showing its clinic is helping reduce the number of unwanted pets.

"Too many animals were coming into the animal shelter, and the only way you can control animal over-population, without trying to kill your way out of it because that does not work, is through spay and neuter," said Maribeth Hobgood, Executive Director of Spay Today.

By working directly with the Pitt County Animal Shelter and other animal services in the East, Maribeth said the number of euthanasia have decreased, and over population of stray cats and dogs have gone down.

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Pet Population Control: Clinic is saving lives, one spay at a time

By: Ginger Livingston, The Daily Reflector
Published: June 19, 2016

Numbers don't lie, as the saying goes, and in Pitt County the numbers show spaying and neutering reduces the population of unwanted dogs and cats.

A nonprofit group that brought the need for spaying and neutering to the forefront locally marked its 10th anniversary last month, not with a party, but by going about its regular business.

Spay Today was launched because local animal advocates wanted to reduce the number of dogs and cats being euthanized at the Pitt County Animal Shelter.

"There were endless, endless numbers of animals coming to the shelter," said Betty Williams, a retired veterinarian who co-founded Spay Today.

The animal shelter took in 5,021 animals in 2006 and euthanized 3,223, according to data from Spay Today and Pitt County Animals Services.

Last year, Spay Today performed 5,614 surgeries and the shelter took in 3,162 animals, euthanizing 1,505.

"We learned at the onset of Saving Graces 4 Felines (a non-kill shelter for cats) that we can't adopt our way out of this and spaying and neutering is the only way to reduce the population of unwanted pets," said Marilyn Thompson, the program's co-founder.

Through research, advocates realized many pet owners in eastern North Carolina did not sterilize their pets because they thought it was too expensive.

Using seed money from the recently disbanded ASPCA of Pitt County, Thompson and Williams decided they would operate Spay Today and Saving Graces out of one facility and purchased a single-wide trailer that was moved next to the Pitt County Animal Shelter on County Home Road.

"When we started, we were only going to have people come in (whose income) was below the poverty level," Williams said. Her vision was the nonprofit would operate on donations, grants and a nominal fee.

Williams did all the surgeries, about 10 a day. She and other advocates quickly realized that doing 10 surgeries a day would not reduce pet overpopulation and it wasn't producing the volume that would allow the organization to maintain low fees.

"If we hadn't discovered Humane Alliance I don't think we would have continued being able to operate," she said.

Humane Alliance, a program of the ASPCA that was founded in Asheville, teaches techniques that allow for high-volume, high-quality, low-cost sterilization surgeries. Williams and her technicians trained with the organization and soon tripled the surgeries they were doing. They also found that many people they assumed could pay for spay/neuter surgeries at traditional clinics could not afford the cost, so within 1 1/2 years Spay Today opened its doors to all pet owners.

The veterinarians and technicians that have followed Williams and her original team have all received Human Alliance training.

The facility's current vet, Dr. Terry Cheramie, and his team perform on average 30 surgeries a day. On Wednesday, Wake Forest-based Saving Grace Animals for Adoption brought 30 puppies in for surgery. The team also operated on seven feral cats.

That number of surgeries is possible because the technicians have an assembly-line like system where they handle the pre- and post-surgical care and surgical set up so Cheramie only has to move from table to table.

"They get these animals in here so quickly they are usually ready before me," Cheramie said. The actual surgery takes only 30 seconds for a young male cat to up to 10-15 minutes for an older, larger female dog.

Cheramie said the team could perform up to 50 surgeries a day if the facility, which is now two trailers connected together, was larger.

Owners bring their pets in between 7:15-7:45 a.m. The surgeries begin soon after and go until noon. Owners pick up the animals the same day, starting with dogs at 2 p.m. and cats at 3 p.m. Owners are given medicine for the animals and verbal and written instructions on their care, said Maribeth Hobgood, Spay Today's current executive director.

Along with operating on family pets, Spay Today makes its services available to regional rescue groups like the Wake Forest organization and the Humane Society of Eastern Carolina.

"I think one of the major things that happened is when we went before the (Pitt County) Board of Commissioners and asked them to make it mandatory that all animals be spayed and neutered before they leave the (shelter)," Williams said. "In the past only vouchers went out and they were not used so we would end up with more litters."

"Without their assistance and close proximity to the shelter we would not have been able to successfully implement mandatory spay/neuter for all of our adoptions," said Michele Whaley, Pitt County Animal Services executive director. "This practice alone, I believe, plays a huge part in the lowering of our intake numbers each year."

Another component of Spay Today's mission is its participation in trap-neuter-release programs.

Feral cats, which are sometimes called community cats, are brought in and sterilized, vaccinated and then returned to their territory. An ear is tipped to signal the animal has been sterilized, Hobgood said.

TNR is preferred to catching and killing feral cats. Feral animals usually live in colonies and if a colony goes missing more cats will move into the space, Hobgood said. TNR maintains the existing population without the worry of kittens.

Hobgood said one unspayed female cat, her mate and their offspring could produce about 11.6 million cats in a nine-year period.

Spay Today rents feral cat traps to the public for a $50 deposit that is returned when the trap is returned. The clinic accepts two cats per day from an individual without an appointment. The person pays $40 per cat for the surgery, she said.

As Spay Today enters its next decade of service, Hobgood said its educational efforts must expand.

"You still have a socioeconomic demographic that when you mention spaying and neutering, especially neutering, they say no," Hobgood said. The message she wants to get out is spaying and neutering is good for animals because it helps them live longer, healthier lives by eliminating or reducing certain health problems; decreases biting, barking and aggression in dogs; decreases scratching and spraying in cats; eliminates heat cycles in females and reduces the urge to roam in males.

While Williams no longer performs surgeries, she is overseeing a program launched with a grant from PetSmart Charities that provides spaying and neutering, worm and flea treatments and rabies and other vaccinations to pet owners in underserved communities.

"There are so many animals that are under the radar that don't get any care and the only thing that can help is grants and donations," Williams said.

Spay Today's successes go beyond the surgeries, Williams said.

"I think it's brought more awareness about the need to spay and neuter," she said. "I think it's also served as a hub for local rescue groups. I think we've been part of a movement in the whole county that has combined a philosophy of rescue, spay/neuter and education that has really benefited the animals of Pitt County."

To learn more about Spay Today's program, visit www.spaytoday.net or call 252-321-8839. Its hours of operation are 7:15 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Thursday.

Contact Ginger Livingston at glivingston@reflector.com or 252-329-9570. Follow her on Twitter @GingerLGDR.

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Spay Today at Mellow Mushroom

Mellow Mushroom

June 14, 2016
Mellow Mushroom
2020 Charles Blvd,
Greenville, NC 27858

Mellow Mushroom, the art-filled pizzeria, will be holding a fundraiser benefiting Spay Today on Tuesday, June 14. Ten percent of all the restaurant's proceeds will be donated to Spay Today. The fundraiser will be held all day (11am until 10pm) at the Mellow Mushroom Greenville location. Simply drop your itemized receipt (not your credit card receipt) in the bowl at the host stand on your way out of the restaurant.

Mellow Mushroom's menu includes made to order hand-tossed stone-baked pizzas, calzones, hoagies, and craft beer. They serve Vegan and Gluten Free pizzas. Bring a friend and your family to the pet-friendly pizzeria located at 2020 Charles Blvd., Greenville, NC 27858. Or, call in your order at 252-565-8220.

Hope to see you all there!



Spay Today, Eastern North Carolina's only low-cost spay/neuter clinic, is proudly celebrating a 10-year anniversary during May 2016. Since opening doors during May 2006, Spay Today has successfully completed over 38,000 dog and cat surgeries.

Spay Today has always been dedicated to the mission of providing a low cost sterilization service as the non-lethal solution to stray, unwanted, and abandoned pets; therefore, reducing the pet overpopulation in Eastern North Carolina.

Accepting no government (taxpayer) funds to maintain the clinic and provide reduced cost services, Spay Today is a 501(c)(3) heavily dependent on the generosity of donors and fundraising ventures.

Each year 6 – 8 million cats and dogs enter the U.S. shelter system. Fewer than half are fortunate enough to find forever homes. In an effort to turn the tide on this staggering statistic, Spay Today provides services to individuals, county agencies, and private rescue groups. Spay Today performs all surgeries for animals adopted through the Pitt County Animal Services (PCAS). As of July 1, 2010 all animals adopted from PCAS have been required to be altered. Since this time, shelter intake has trended downward, leading to an historical low intake number in 2015.

This "spay effect" leads to savings for Pitt County taxpayers and citizens of Eastern North Carolina. Spay/Neuter is a "win-win" for pets, their guardians, public safety, taxpayers, and the entire community. Moving forward, Spay Today plans to continue to aggressively work to reduce pet overpopulation. The organization will continue to work with animal welfare partners to better the lives of Pitt County animals and citizens.


Rabies Vaccines free to all Pitt County cats and dogs! West Greenville Residents qualify for free Distemper vaccines and sign up for free Spay/Neuter surgeries.

SATURDAY April 23, 2016
9:00 am – 12:00 pm
The Little Willie Center,
807 West 5th St. Greenville

Bring Owner’s Information: Name, Physical & Mailing Address, County of Residence , Phone # AND Pet Information: Name, Cat/Dog, Breed, Color/Description, Sex, Plus any past rabies shot history.
For more information: Pitt County Animal Services at 252-902-1725
West Greenville Residents call 252-364-7131 for information about free spay/neutering.


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Spayghetti Dinner

April 8,2016
County Recreation Building
4561 County Home Road
Greenville NC, 27858

If you have questions please call our clinic at 252-321-8839 or e-mail at SpayToday1@embarqmail.com

Hope to see you all there!



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