Celebrate the grand opening of the first Stop Pet Overpopulation Together spay/neuter clinic at 6 p.m. Thursday at 4403 62nd Ave., Pinellas Park. Enjoy a live auction, raffle, goodie bags, music and hors d'oeuvres. Admission is free. For information, call (727) 545-3463.
Black cats are the cat's meow at the Save Our Strays Black Beauty Adoption Event. From Saturday until March 14, these pretty kitties - all vaccinated, microchipped and spayed or neutered - can be adopted for $35. They will be featured every day at Pet Food Warehouse, 6155 18th St. N., St. Petersburg, or Saturdays at the PetSmart locations at Tyrone Boulevard, Largo Mall and Countryside mall. For more locations, call (727) 481-5262 or visit www.saveourstraysinc.com.
NO MORE SPRAYING
Calling all male cats: The Animal Coalition of Tampa is holding a $5 neuter-a-thon. One lucky cat will win year's supply of food, a scratching post and plenty of toys to help him cope, and his owner will get a parting gift of fine wine and gourmet chocolates. Neutering is Feb. 22 and 23, but you must sign up in advance by calling (888) 772-9352. The $5 charge includes surgery, pain medication and a rabies shot. ACT is at 1719 W. Lemon St., Tampa.
EASY WAY TO SPAY
If you've got a potential mama cat and no desire to find homes for a litter of kittens, get a deal on spaying her this month at Pinellas County Animal Services, 12450 Ulmerton Road, Largo. The cost is $30, and your proof of purchase gets you a $1 rabies vaccination; for people on public assistance, there is no charge. Can't get to Largo? On Feb. 24, the mobile unit will be parked at the Pinellas Park Health Department, 350 76th Ave. N., Pinellas Park. To make an appointment or for information, call (727) 586-3591.
NATIONAL SPAY DAY
Join the Humane Society of Tampa Bay on Feb. 23 or 24 for a Spay Day Celebration and receive a free bag of food. On Feb. 23, feral cats get fixed for $15 and on Feb. 24, any pet can come in for low-cost spaying and neutering. Appointments are required; call (813) 870-3304. The shelter is at 3607 N. Armenia Ave., Tampa.
PUPPY (AND KITTY) LOVE
Nothing beats a purring kitty in your lap or a snoring dog by your side for a sense of peace and contentment. Did you know there are health benefits to owning pets? Learn more about it at Feline Folks' free session from 2 to 4 p.m. Feb. 24 at South Shore Regional Library, 15816 Beth Shields Way, Ruskin. For information, call (813) 944-7651.
LET'S GET TOGETHER
Get out and play while helping local shelters from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Feb. 28 at Get Rescued '09 at Chase Park, 54th Street South and 28th Avenue, Gulfport. Well-behaved, leashed pets are invited to enter the Wiener Races (event if they aren't a Dachshund) or test their skills in the agility courses while owners enjoy the food, live music and vendors. All who have had a pet pass away can attend a memorial celebration at noon. Attendees are asked to bring a donation of a can or bag of food or kitty litter. For information and updates, visit www.getrescuedingulfport.com or e-mail email@example.com.