The Santa Barbara Humane Society will celebrate World Spay Day by offering 100 free cat spay and neuter surgeries on Thursday, Feb. 27. Surgeries will be performed at the Santa Barbara Humane Society-South Campus veterinary clinic. Appointments may be made online at or by calling 805-964-4777, ext. 281.

World Spay Day, which is celebrated on the last Tuesday of February, was launched in 1995 by Doris Day and the Doris Day Animal League to promote spaying and neutering of animals as a means of combating the issue of pet overpopulation.

“We are thrilled to be able to offer this opportunity for the public to spay or neuter their cat for free,” said Kerri Burns, executive director. “Our entire community benefits when we reduce pet population, and the individual animals benefit as well.”

Cats that are spayed or neutered are less prone to certain kinds of cancer and less likely to spray or mark their territory.

The Spay Day promotion is available for cats ages 2 months and older and appointments are required.

The Santa Barbara Humane Society placed more than 1,000 animals into new homes last year. As a local nonprofit organization, the Humane Society provides a safe haven for homeless cats and dogs, and serves the community through a low-cost spay/neuter and vaccine clinic, humane education classes and outreach, dog-training classes, and affordable pet boarding.

The Santa Barbara Humane Society relies on community support and is not funded or governed by any national animal welfare organization. For more information, visit or call 805-964-4777.