Early Thursday morning around 7 a.m. the Arizona Humane Society on Hatcher was filled with pet parents.
Here for a free spay or neuter but the wait started much earlier than that. "I got in line at 11:30 last night" said Cheryl Chavez.
Cheryl Chavez brought newly adopted chichi a stray she found. The two spent the night in line with about 150 other valley residents, dogs on one side and cats on the other.
"I wanted to be out here and be prepared" said Chavez.
Brenda Wallace was also in line, "stood in line, I got in at midnight so I wanted... the next cat people showed up at 4".
Brenda brought Hans and Mimi, kittens she found under her carport she's hopeful to find them forever homes once they're fixed.
"It'll already be taken care of so they don't have to worry about that" said Wallace.
Spokesperson Bretta Nelson says what can end up costing a pet owner hundreds of dollars is free. The Humane Soceity offers events like this one only a few times a year. "Every time we do these free spay & neuter clinics we do see such a line."
Nelson says it's not just about pet population and responsible ownership, spaying and neutering provides health benefits. "It prevents cancers, infections, things down the road are going to cost you a lot more".
February 25th is international spay day a world wide event but the Arizona Humane Society is celebrating all month long for those who didn't get in todays event.
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