Shelter offers 100 neuters to male cats in Pinellas from May 19 to 24.

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Pinellas County, Florida -- Beginning Monday, May 19, Pinellas County Animal Services is sponsoring a week long "neuterathon" in an effort to reduce cat overpopulation in county communities.

The shelter is providing free neuters to male cats whose owners reside in Pinellas County and are current on rabies vaccinations and licensing. Rabies vaccinations and licensing can be updated at that time for the cost of $25.

Cats must be contained in a carrier and feral cats must be in traps. The shelter has openings for 100 appointments that week. Appointments can be made on a first come, first served basis by calling (727) 582-2600, option 8.

The goal of the neuterathon is to reduce the number of unwanted cats impounded at the local county shelter. Neutered male cats reduce unwanted cat litters, health problems in community cats, nuisance urine marking/spraying, fighting and the spread of disease including rabies, feline leukemia and the FIV virus.

Rabies vaccines will also be offered at a reduced fee of $5 with the purchase of a Pinellas County license fee for $20. Rabies vaccinations are administered on Thursdays from 1 to 4 p.m.

Pinellas County Animal Services is located at 12450 Ulmerton Road in Largo. Normal hours of operation are Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., with the adoption center closing at 5:30 p.m. Saturday hours are 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., and services include adoptions. Rabies vaccinations are administered on Thursdays from 1 to 4 p.m. The facility is closed on all Pinellas County holidays.

For information on how to adopt, donate or volunteer, join Pinellas County Animal Services on Facebook. To learn more about the shelter, visit www.pinellascounty.org/animalservices or call (727) 582-2600. The lost or found pets hotline is (727) 582-2604.

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