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St. Augustine Humane Society offers free spay, neuter services

Service starts Sept. 1

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ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. – The St. Augustine Humane Society is offering free spay and neuter surgeries for dogs starting on Sept. 1 through the recently awarded $25,000 grant from Florida Animal Friend Inc.

To qualify for the reduced fee or potentially free services, dog owners must meet specific income guidelines. The program is open to all cats regardless of the pet owner’s financial circumstances.

According to Carolyn Smith, St. Augustine Humane Society’s executive director, the assistance program is designed to reduce the number of unwanted pets by controlling overpopulation, to help people keep their pets in the family and to help feed and care for family pets.

“One of our key missions is to decrease the need to surrender pets to shelters and strengthen the animal-human bond," Smith said. "This grant further promotes our role in the St. Johns County area.”

Additionally, the nonprofit has started its own “Spay it Forward” campaign which asks clients to contribute to a fund that pays for those who cannot afford spay and neuter services for their pets through the new grant and other programs.

The St. Augustine Humane Society’s spay, neuter and surgery clinic is open every Tuesday from 8:00 a.m. to 4 p.m. The wellness clinic is open every Wednesday and Thursday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Pet owners must pre-register for spay and neuter surgery. Visit the website at

Applications must be made in person at the Humane Society, 1665 Moultrie Road in St. Augustine.