RIVERSIDE (CBS) — Residents who want to have their pet fixed may be able to get a price break at a new animal shelter in Riverside County.

Between May 31 and June 9, Animal Services will be offering 50 percent discounts on spay and neuter surgeries for dogs and cats.

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“We know many residents need this important surgery for their pets, but the economic climate makes some people reluctant to get this done,” said Riverside County Chief Veterinarian Dr. Alan Drusys. “This special rate, we hope, will encourage another large group of people to get their pet altered.

According to agency spokesman John Welsh, during the two-week price reductions, pet owners can have their dogs spayed or neutered for $42.50 and cats fixed for $20. The usual prices are $85 and $40, respectively.

Welsh said the price cut will apply to the first 300 pet owners who make appointments.

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The San Jacinto Valley Animal Campus, 581 S. Grand Ave., opened earlier this year, and Welsh said the price cuts were done in part to raise awareness.

The $15 million facility was nearly mothballed for lack of funding for staff, but the Board of Supervisors provided sufficient appropriations to keep enough employees at the location for veterinary services. No abandoned or stray animals are kept there.

Owners can make appointments online at the Animal Services website, or via telephone at (951) 358-7387.

Welsh said pet owners need to be aware that additional charges will apply for pain shots and vaccinations.

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