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Second Chance Animal Services to Offer Spay/Neuter Voucher Day in Springfield

SPRINGFIELD — Second Chance Animal Services announced it will host its first Spay/Neuter Voucher Day at its Springfield Community Veterinary Hospital on Tuesday, Dec. 1. The program, made possible in conjunction with the Mass Animal Fund and local animal-control officers, provides free spay/neuter services to cats and dogs owned by low-income Massachusetts residents.

Second Chance Springfield Community Veterinary Hospital Director Julie Sullivan is grateful to the Mass Animal Fund for helping to bring the program to Springfield. “The need is great in the Springfield area. Every week, we perform lifesaving pyometra surgeries, which could have been prevented if the pets had been spayed.”

Sullivan notes there are health benefits for males, too, and encourages anyone with a pet that needs to be spayed or neutered who can qualify for the program to sign up. “If you don’t qualify for the state voucher program, our low-cost spay/neuter program is available to everyone. Complete information on both programs can be found on our website.”

The Second Chance Springfield hospital also offers full-service veterinary care for all, with subsidized rates for qualifying households, plus a weekly vaccine clinic by pre-registration offering rabies and distemper vaccines for $12, microchips for $20, and nail trims for $12.

Those interested in registering for the voucher day can visit secondchanceanimals.org and check out the Spay/Neuter Information section of the registration form.