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WHEATFIELD – The SPCA of Niagara will launch its new surgical trailer with a free spaying and neutering promotion today through Sunday, shelter director Amy Lewis announced.

The trailer is on the grounds of the shelter at 2100 Lockport Road, Wheatfield, and will be used for other animal surgery, but this weekend is for cat population control. All but three of the 150 appointment slots have been taken via the SPCA’s website, Lewis said.

Six veterinarians will be used for the spaying and neutering, Lewis said. Four are local, and two are from Cornell University. To qualify for the free service, the cat’s owner had to able to show a government benefit card or prove an income of less than $45,000 a year.

Lewis said the SPCA intends to seek grants to allow it to continue offering low-cost spaying and neutering, with the eventual vision of building a surgical suite within the shelter.