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MCACC offers free spay/neuter services for homeless pet owners


Posted on October 21, 2013 at 8:11 PM

Updated Monday, Oct 21 at 8:20 PM

PHOENIX -- Maricopa County Animal Care & Control is committed to promoting and protecting the health, safety and welfare of people and pets in Maricopa County. That includes looking out for those who don't have a place to live.

Over the weekend, MCACC hosted an event especially for the homeless and their pets. The organization's Neuter Scooter was out to provide free spay/neuter surgeries and vaccinations.

"Right now everyone is really interested in vaccinating, which is great," MCACC spokeswoman Melissa Gable said.

The hope is that more pet owners will get their pets spayed or neutered.

One of the goals of the outreach program is to cut down on animal aggression around the Men's Outreach Shelter in the area of 12th Avenue and Madison Street, not far from Library Park.

In addition to the surgeries and vaccinations, participants also were able to get their dogs microchipped for free.

In addition to providing free services to the homeless, MCACC also has a subsidized voucher program for families on public assistance, those with low incomes and those in a verifiable  crisis.

The organization hosts free rabies vaccination clinics throughout the year, as well as periodic  low-cost  mobile spay/neuter surgeries. The Neuter Scooter can handle up to 25 surgeries per event.