KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP)- A Kansas City group is working to get 10,000 dogs and cats spayed or neutered by the end of the year.

Volunteers and leaders of Spay & Neuter Kansas City went door-to-door this past week trying to persuade pet owners to have their animals operated on.

The Kansas City Star reports that the group is on track to have 6,500 pets undergo the procedure this year but wants to reach the 10,000 mark.

The organization charges owners a sliding fee based on their income.

Executive Director Michelle Rivera says the clinic’s veterinarians are used to operating on 40 to 50 pets a day, so the goal is attainable.

Rivera said spaying or neutering helps keep pets healthy. And it avoids unwanted litters that may become strays.

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