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One group's hands-on effort to help end pet overpopulation

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Time and again, frustrated individuals who are working to help save homeless pets, repeat the mantra "please spay and neuter your pets!"

A grassroots effort is currently underway in one California town to make the dream of no more homeless pets a reality. Fix Long Beach has been reaching out to low-income residents of Long Beach, Calif., for the past year; during that span of time, over 1,000 pets have been sterilized thanks to the efforts of this organization.

The Fix Long Beach website explains their motivation:

If the faucet is leaking, the leak must be repaired! That is what Fix Long Beach is trying to do.

We have an enormous animal overpopulation problem in the United States. Thousands of animals (cats & dogs) are euthanized (killed) at county animal shelters each year.

In Long Beach and Southern California, most of these animals are chihuahuas and pit bulls. By fixing (sterilizing) your animal, you will eliminate the chance of your pet contributing to this problem overwhelming our communities.

Requirements for a free spay/neuter include:

  • Pet must be under 6 years of age
  • Pet owner must be a resident of Long Beach
  • Pet owner must be able to prove that that they make under $30,000/year

Dog owners interested in taking advantage of this free service should call (323) 413-7729 to make an appointment; cat owners must obtain a voucher from a Fix Long Beach event.

Follow the group on Facebook here.

Read more about Fix Long Beach at this link to the organization's website.

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