The East Bay SPCA and Bishop Ranch Veterinary Center & Urgent Care, located in San Ramon, have teamed up to offer 100 free spay/neuter surgeries for animals of low-income residents on Feb. 24.
The surgeries, which are being offered to help families struggling during the economic downturn, will be done at the East Bay SPCA Oakland Spay/Neuter Surgery Center by vets and technicians in an effort to end pet overpopulation. East Bay SPCA staff veterinarian Dr. Heidi Strand and her team will work alongside Dr. Jim DeLano and Dr. Leanne Taylor of the Bishop Ranch vet center, who are volunteering their services.
Cats and dogs in need of vaccinations will receive them at no charge along with their free surgeries. Post-operative supplies, such as e-collars and medications will also be free.
According to the Humane Society of the United States, an unspayed cat can give birth to 18 kittens each year and an unspayed dog can give birth to 20 puppies each year. Surgeries performed at the East Bay SPCA's two facilities over the past 10 years have helped cut the euthanasia rates for canines and felines by 60 percent.
According to the SPCA, spaying and neutering can also help keep dogs and cats healthy by reducing or eliminating the possibility of certain cancers. A neutered dog is less likely to roam away from home.
The East Bay SPCA normally charges $60 for a cat spay or neuter and $100 for a dog spay or neuter. For information or to make an appointment, call 510-639-7387 or visit www.eastbayspca.org.