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February 23, 2013 at 1:24 AM

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Pet events: Low-cost spay/neuter offers, adoptions and reading fun

Free and low-cost appointments to spay/neuter pets and book programs featuring dogs are a few of the events for the last week of February.

To commemorate World Spay Day, Feb. 26, many animal shelters, rescue organizations and veterinary clinics are teaming up to offer free and low-cost spaying and neutering for cats, dogs and rabbits this month.

You can find details about the spay/neuter appointments and lists of participating organizations and clinics on the websites for PAWS, Homeward Pet and Humane Society for Tacoma & Pierce County. Dates, services, pricing and qualifications vary per participating shelters and clinics.

While most of the Spay Day promotions focus on cats and dogs, Seattle Animal Shelter is extending its free spay/neuter packages to include rabbits this year. Check the shelter website for details and dates.

Spaying and neutering has been shown to cut the risk of some health problems, eliminate undesirable behaviors such as spraying and reduce aggression. Spay/neuter programs also help fight pet overpopulation and cut euthanasia rates.

Spay Day is an international campaign of The Humane Society of the United States and Humane Society International.

Here are some of the other pet events happening this month:

Homeward Pet 23rd Anniversary: Noon-6 p.m. Feb. 23, Homeward Pet, 13132 N.E. 177th Place, Woodinville. For its 23rd anniversary, the no-kill, nonprofit shelter, is making all its adoptions just $23 for the day.

Acatemy Awards: Feb. 23-24, Seattle Humane Society, 13212 S.E. Eastgate Way, Bellevue. Adoption fees are being waived on black and white "tuxedo" cats ages 1 and up. You may not win an Oscar film award this weekend but you could take home a cat named Oscar. The adoption center is open 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday and 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday-Wednesday.

Kitten and Cat Adoption event: 1-4 p.m. Feb. 23, Everett Petsmart store, 1130 S.E. Everett Mall Way, Everett. Purrfect Pals' weekly adoption event featuring kittens and cats that have been spayed/neutered, given a microchip ID and vaccinated. See the Purrfect Pals website for more adoption locations.

Everett Animal Shelter adoption event: 2-3:30 p.m. Feb. 23, Main Library Auditorium, Everett Public Library, 2702 Hoyt Ave., Everett. Meet dogs from the shelter wearing "Adopt Me" vests and talk with experts on how to choose a pet.

Book Discussion: "The Art of Racing in the Rain": 11:45 a.m. Feb. 25, Everett Public Library, 2702 Hoyt Ave., Everett. Explore the novel "Racing in the Rain" by Seattle author Garth Stein. Discussion packets for the book featuring Enzo, the keenly observant dog, may be picked up ahead of time at the reference desk.

Paws to Read: 3- 5 p.m. Feb. 25, Meeting Room, Evergreen Branch Library, 9512 Evergreen Way, Everett. Children can practice reading out loud to specially trained therapy dogs.

Fix Your Feline Day: Feb. 26, Seattle Humane Society, 13212 S.E. Eastgate Way, Bellevue. Qualified income households can make appointments for low-fee spaying or neutering for cats. It's $5 for male cats and $15 for female cats.

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