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No Such Thing as a Free Spay?

The Harbor Humane Society raises funds for spay/neuter assistance through dog license check-off program

The Harbor Humane Society raises funds for spay/neuter assistance through dog license check-off program

Carrie Allan/HSUS
Given all of today’s fine print, disclaimers, and “terms and conditions,” it’s rare to find a service or product that’s actually free—no hidden charges, no strings attached. That’s probably why some people have a hard time believing Heidi Yates when she tells them their pets can be spayed and neutered at no cost.

What might sound too good to be true is both good and true for many pet owners in Yates’s community of Ottawa County, Michigan. Thanks to the HERO Project, a fundraising program started by the Harbor Humane Society in West Olive, low-income residents can get their animals sterilized free of charge—“whether it’s a Chihuahua female or a male Great Dane,” says Yates, the organization’s development director.

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