SAN ANTONIO TX ““ SpaySA, which operates the Gladys Harborth Animal Resource Center on South Laredo Street, is offering 200 free dog sterilizations on Saturday, April 4, for any pet living in the 78224 zip code area, thanks to a special grant from Friends of Animals.

Friends of Animals, a non-profit, international animal advocacy organization in New York, donated $50,000 to the San Antonio Feral Cat Coalition in 2008 for the sterilization of 1,000 feral cats in San Antonio. All of these surgeries were performed at SpaySA. This year, Friends of Animals is committing more grant monies to spay and neuter pets in targeted zip code areas ““ “areas of San Antonio where there are a high numbers of calls to Animal Care Services and a high number of animal pick-ups,” says Kathleen McGowan, executive director for SpaySA. “This allows us to assist neighborhoods, zip code areas, and districts where there is a high need for our services.

The first 200 dog owners living in 78224 to call SpaySA at 351-7729 can get their pets sterilized for free.

SpaySA operates the Gladys Harborth Animal Resource Center and is operated through a consortium of animal welfare groups in San Antonio, including the Humane Society/SPCA of Bexar County, the Animal Defense League, Animal Care Services, and the Veterinary Medical Association of Bexar County.