PET owners who are claiming benefits or are on a lower income are being offered the chance to have their cats and dogs neutered and microchipped for free. 

The event is organised by the RSPCA and will take place on Tuesday, June 14 from 12noon to 6pm at The Church of the Good Shepherd in Stanfield Road, Poole

There will also be free microchipping and free flea and worm treatment. 

RSPCA inspector Graham Hammond said: “This is a great initiative by the volunteers from the RSPCA Poole & East Devon branch. 

“Times are tough for so many people at the moment, with the cost of living rising.  

“This is the offer of much-needed help for owners and their pets at a time they may need it most.

“Neutering is really important and we are always keen to help spread the message of responsible pet ownership and prevention of unwanted pregnancies.  

“There are thousands of unwanted animals at rescue centres across the country who are patiently waiting for new homes and we would encourage pet owners to get their animals neutered to avoid more unwanted litters.” 

People interested must show proof they are on benefits or have a low income.