Agency starts big pet-rescue project in California

LOS ANGELES - The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals has started rolling out one of its most ambitious projects to date, a $25 million push to save tens of thousands of dogs and cats that would be killed in shelters or on the streets of Los Angeles County.

The most high-profile element of the project is a free spay-and-neuter clinic in South Los Angeles, where a ribbon-cutting ceremony Tuesday kicked off the effort in the poverty-riddled area where strays run in packs.

The project aims to get all the dogs in the populous region of Southern California spayed or neutered, boost adoptions, help people keep pets if money or behavior becomes a problem, aid animal rescue groups with transportation expenses, and move animals from overcrowded shelters to those where adoptions are more likely.

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