Residents of Pittsburgh, PA who are unable to afford to spay or neuter their pets will soon be able to do so for free (with a limit of five pets per resident).

Council President Darlene Harris announced the program in which the city will pay for up to 3,925 procedures at a cost of $170,000 during a year-long trial of the program. Veterinarians from Animal Friends, Animal Rescue League and the Western Pennsylvania Humane Society will perform the operations.

Applications will be available on the citys website beginning March 1st. The procedures will be conducted on a first-come, first-served basis.

Harris said that over time it will reduce the city’s expenditures for catching strays. In 2010, the city spent $304,168 to catch and detain 691 stray dogs and 853 stray cats.

[SOURCE: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review; PHOTO: Science Photo Library]