SAN ANTONIA – The 53rd Big Fix Sterilization Castration event was organized by Spay-Neuter-Inject-Protect San Antonio (SNIPSA) and their partners Animal Care Services, San Antonio Fire Department and HEB.

Nurseries filled with dogs and cats waiting or recovering after the “big fix” filled the gym and corridor of the Fire Department Academy on Callahan Road.

“We neuter and neuter hundreds of animals in one day, and it’s called Big Fix,” said Shannon Espie, SNIPSA’s executive director.

From morning to evening a team of medics will sterilize about 450 animals in one day.

About 600 more are on the waiting list. This event is only open to people living in certain zip codes.

“Animal care services have targeted and identified these zip codes, so they are very much needed, and then we come to these areas so people can go out on Saturday to be comfortable with smaller barriers,” Espie said.

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These zip codes; 78201, 78202, 78203, 78204, 78207, 78210, 78211, 78214, 78220, 78221, 78223, 78225, 78227, 78227.

In addition to sterilization and sterilization, the animals were vaccinated and chipped.

These are services for which Antonio Meza is grateful when it comes to caring for his four dogs.

“These are my service dogs, so I have to take care of them and then they are like my children,” Mesa said.

This is the 53rd major fix made by SNIPSA.

The duo of mother and daughter Marika Austad and Veronica Kiklevich came from Alabama, but they have been involved in this project since 2009.

“I’m a veterinarian, so I remove the testicles and remove the ovaries,” said Kiklevich.

“In Birmingham, we don’t have anything like that, and so we feel it’s our way to help, you know, the problem of overcrowding and continue to be involved in this amazing work,” Ostad said.

While some of the signs displayed around can make you giggle or blush, the work done is very important.

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“Castrate your pets, vaccinate your pets. You help save lives. Your one animal really matters, ”Espie said.

Although SNIPSA’s Big Fix is ​​free, they are looking for donations and volunteers to help hold more events in the future.

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