LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) provided vaccines free of charge Saturday to pets in South Los Angeles.

The event took place at Green Meadows Park located on East 89th Street and San Pedro Street from 9:00 a.m. to noon, in an effort to keep pets healthy and safe.

ASPCA officials also offered appointments free of charge for spay and neuter services at their clinic, located at the Chesterfield Square Animal Care Center.

The ASPCA was originally founded in 1866, and was the first animal welfare organization in North America.

Earlier this year, officials announced a $25 million multiple year commitment to save the lives of animals in the greater Los Angeles area.

“Access to affordable pet care is vital in the effort to save the lives of animals, keeping them healthy, happy and in their homes,” said Jennifer Anderson, Director of ASPCA’s South Los Angeles spay/neuter clinic.

The organization offers a “safety net” program to help keep pets in their homes and out of shelters and an animal relocation program to bring dogs from overcrowded shelters to communities to get adopted.

ASPCA additionally offers subsidies for shelter transfer fees billed by local rescue groups and gives grants to local animal welfare partners.

For more information about today’s event, contact client services at (855) 772-9752.

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