TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - Thanks to PetSmart Charities Altered Tails is offering a free spay/neuter surgery to those living in areas with the highest number of stray cats and dogs that are turned into shelters.
Dog and cat owners that live in the 85705, 85706, 86713, and 85746 zip codes will be able to sign up for the free surgeries, all they will have to do is mention the "Zip Code" campaign when they schedule their appointment. The campaign is based on availability.
Appointments can be made by calling (520) 495-5900 or by going online to www.AlteredTails.org.
According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, spaying and neutering is one of the most effective ways to reduce the homeless pet population and is safe for puppies and kittens as young as 12 weeks of age. Spaying a female dog before the first heat cycle can be beneficial, improving the health of the pet by reducing the risk of certain reproductive cancers and infections.
"PetSmart Charities Inc. awarded this grant to Altered Tails Barnhart Clinics because the 85705, 85706, 86713, and 85746 zip codes have the highest number of stray cats and dogs turned into shelters," said Ellen Clark, executive director, Altered Tails. "Our goal is to enlist the residents to assist us in controlling the cat and dog population in those areas."