Animal Society holding "Spay Neuter Blitz"

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) -- The Charleston Animal Society is offering $150 in free services in hopes of helping to control the pet population. The Animal Society is holding a "Spay Neuter Blitz" on September 5th and 6th. It's for people living in the Hollywood, Ravenel and Meggett areas.

As part of the annual outreach effort, Charleston Animal Society personnel will pick-up, transport for surgery and then return the animals to the community. All animals will also receive free rabies shots and a microchip.

"We constantly talk about building a No Kill Community-and this is an example of us 'walking the talk,'" said Charleston Animal Society Chief Executive Officer Joe Elmore. We are setting the standard for other animal rescue organizations and the community as a whole on what it will take to remain a No Kill Community."

Only residents of Hollywood, Ravenel and Meggett qualify for this Spay Neuter Blitz.

People must make an appointment:

Call the Spay Neuter Blitz Appointment Line: (843) 714-8330

Cats: September 5th (Pickup is the Piggly Wiggly at 6251 Hwy-162). Cats will be kept overnight and returned on September 6th.

Dogs: September 6th (Pickup is at the Piggly Wiggly at 6251 Hwy-162). Dogs will be returned on the same day.

Spaying and Neutering are the most effective life-saving strategies used by animal rescues. "Each spay or neuter that is accomplished will potentially save 8 or 9 lives," said Charleston Animal Society Director of Public Health and Spay Neuter Initiatives Dr. Lucy Fuller.

The goal is of the Spay Neuter Blitz is 200 animals, which would potentially save 1,600 animal lives, according to CAS.