The Sacramento SPCA is offering to spay or neuter pet pit bull dogs or pit bull mixes for free to residents of Rancho Cordova, which has one of the area's highest concentrations of the breed.
A grant from PetSmart Charities will fund 600 free surgeries to pit bulls whose owners live in the 95670 or 95827 ZIP codes, said Lesley Kirrene, SPCA spokeswoman.
Surgeries must be scheduled in advance, and proof of address is required.
The SPCA estimates that about 860 pit bulls or mixes live in Rancho Cordova, and "we hope to provide surgeries to 75 percent of them with this grant," Kirrene said.
The shelter, on Bradshaw Road, will be working with city officials and law enforcement to spread the word about the program.
She said the effort is needed because shelters in the Sacramento area house more pit bulls than any other breed, "followed by Chihuahuas, which are a close second."
For more information or to schedule an appointment, Rancho Cordova residents should call (916) 504-2825.
People outside Sacramento should phone (916) 504-2817 or go to www.sspca.org.