Free and low-cost appointments to spay/neuter pets and book programs featuring dogs are a few of the events for the last week of February.

Free and low-cost appointments to spay/neuter pets and book programs featuring dogs are a few of the events for the last week of February.

To commemorate World Spay Day, Feb. 26, many animal shelters, rescue organizations and veterinary clinics are teaming up to offer free and low-cost spaying and neutering for cats, dogs and rabbits this month.

You can find details about the spay/neuter appointments and lists of participating organizations and clinics on the websites for PAWS, Homeward Pet and Humane Society for Tacoma & Pierce County. Dates, services, pricing and qualifications vary per participating shelters and clinics.

While most of the Spay Day promotions focus on cats and dogs, Seattle Animal Shelter is extending its free spay/neuter packages to include rabbits this year. Check the shelter website for details and dates.

Spaying and neutering has been shown to cut the risk of some health problems, eliminate undesirable behaviors such as spraying and reduce aggression. Spay/neuter programs also help fight pet overpopulation and cut euthanasia rates.

Spay Day is an international campaign of The Humane Society of the United States and Humane Society International.

Here are some of the other pet events happening this month:

Homeward Pet 23rd Anniversary: Noon-6 p.m. Feb. 23, Homeward Pet, 13132 N.E. 177th Place, Woodinville. For its 23rd anniversary, the no-kill, nonprofit shelter, is making all its adoptions just $23 for the day.
http://www.homewardpet.org/