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By Nan Talleno

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Spaying and neutering your companion animal is important for their overall well being – both physically and psychologically – to avoid future stress and behavioral issues.

Now, there’s great news for some low-income pet owners. PAWS, the Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society, is offering FREE spay/neuter for companion animals of city residents of the following zip codes: 19143, 19145, and 19146 who are on any form of public assistance (Access, Medicaid, etc.). This is possible due to funding from PetSmart Charities® and the ASPCA®.

In addition to the spay/neuter surgery, pets will also receive rabies and distemper vaccinations if needed, and pre- and post-operative exams.

PAWS’ goal is to spay/neuter 1,200 animals by the end of November in hopes of reducing the number of animals that end up in Philadelphia shelters or ultimately produce unwanted litters with tragic results.

All services are provided at the PAWS Spay/Neuter and Wellness Clinic, located at 2900 Grays Ferry Avenue. Call 215-298-9680, email clinic@phillypaws.org, or stop in to make an appointment. They are open seven days a week.

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