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Today is World Spay Day! That means that PAWS Chicago will be commemorating by offering free spay/neuter for pets in under-served Chicago neighborhoods. This is their own special way to celebrate the pets in people’s lives close to home.

In order to bring this money-conserving opportunity to those pets, PAWS Chicago is teaming up with The Humane Society of the United States’ (HSUS) through their Pets for Life Chicago program. All spay/neuter surgeries will be free of charge as well as the essential vaccines for pets of under-served Chicago residents. The service will take place today from 7:00 until 9:00 a.m. at the PAWS Chicago Lurie Clinic located at 3516 W 26th Street in Chicago.

World Spay Day, which takes place officially on the last Tuesday of February, raises awareness that spaying and neutering saves the lives of pets, community (feral and stray) cats and street dogs who might otherwise be put down in a shelter or killed on the street. Now in its 20th year, World Spay Day events take place worldwide throughout February, which is Spay/Neuter Awareness Month. More information is available by logging onto www.worldspayday.org.

The HSUS’ Pets for Life program builds humane communities using innovative strategies and fresh approaches designed to extend the reach of animal services, resources and information to under-served areas. By addressing the critical need for accessible, affordable pet care, the program helps animals by empowering the people who care for them. Pets for Life Chicago is on the ground doing outreach six days each week, every week of the year, providing free services for pet owners in the North Lawndale and Little Village neighborhoods.

HSUS is our nation’s largest animal protection organization. They believe in fighting for the protection of all animals and have since 1954 when the Humane Society of the United States was founded. They do so through advocacy, education and hands-on programs like this spay/neuter clinic that they are helping put on with their partner, PAWS Chicago.

HSUS rescuew and carew for tens of thousands of animals each year, but their primary mission is to prevent cruelty before it occurs. They are there for all animals, across America and around the world. You can view all that they do and all that they believe in on the Web at humanesociety.org. Also feel freee to follow HSUS on Twitter. See their work for animals on your Apple or Android device by searching for the "HumaneTV" app.

PAWS Chicago (Pets Are Worth Saving) is a national model in animal sheltering, committed to bringing an end to the killing of homeless cats and dogs thus they support their mission by offering this free spay/neuter clinic with the help of their partner, The Humane Society of the United States. PAW Chicago founded in 1997 and ever since then the number of homeless pets has continued to reduce. They have a cageless, state-of-the-art No Kill Adoption Center and also perform many free and low-cost spay/neuter surgeries there at their Lurie Spay/Neuter Clinic and in other disadvantaged communities throughout Chicagoland by utilizing their GusMobile spay/neuter van.

Because of their dedication and commitment, PAWS Chicago has been recognized by Charity Navigator, the nation’s largest independent evaluator, who ranks them in the top 1% of charities in the United States and also recognized PAWS Chicago as the highest-rated Animal Rights, Welfare and Services charity in the nation in 2012 and 2013.

Seize this opportunity Chicagoans, and get a free spay/neuter today!

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