Animal Samaritans SPCA, Inc., and Ark Charities, Inc., are joining forces to help bring zinc neutering, also known as Zeutering, to the Coachella Valley.  The procedure is a non-invasive, non-surgical alternative to traditional neutering.

The public is invited to attend a presentation about this breakthrough technology on Tuesday, March 12, from 6:30 to 8 pm at the BG Place, 73550 Alessandro Drive, Suite 103, Palm Desert.  Dr. Byron Maas, a Zeutering master trainer, will showcase how Zeuterin™ works.

In addition to the community outreach effort to educate pet owners about the new procedure, Dr. Maas will present training for area veterinarians on Wednesday, March 13, from 9am to 3pm for up to eight veterinarians and nonprofit spay/neuter organizations on a first-come, first serve basis.  The training will be at Animal Samaritans’ Veterinary Clinic at 72-120 Pet Land Place, Thousand Palms, at the Animal Campus.  Contact Anne Bolzoni at for more information and to register for the class.

“We were first exposed to the Zeutering process a few months ago and are excited about what this procedure can do to help Animal Samaritans reach its no-kill objectives,” said Animal Samaritans’ Executive Director Fred Saunders. “We’re the first organization in the Coachella Valley to adopt this new procedure and look forward to sharing it with the community.” Saunders notes that zinc neutering will not replace surgical neutering, but will be offered as an additional option for male dogs.

“We’re pleased to partner with Animal Samaritans to provide this much-needed training so more veterinarians will be certified to perform the Zeutering procedure,” said Anne Bolzoni, Ark Charities’ Executive Director.  “We believe Zeuterin™ provides another tool that will help lower pet overpopulation and hence reduce needless euthanasia of loveable animals.”

About Animal Samaritans

Animal Samaritans SPCA, a 501 (c) nonprofit organization founded in 1978, is committed to improving the lives of animals and people. As the Coachella Valley’s most comprehensive animal welfare organization, they strive to one day eliminate the needless suffering and abuse of homeless and unwanted animals. Programs and services in place to save the lives of healthy and treatable animals include prevention through humane education, affordable spay and neuter, vaccinations, and other veterinary care, animal sheltering, animal rescue, pet fostering and pet adoptions. In addition, more than one hundred volunteers from their Pet Therapy programs visit special needs classrooms, nursing homes, local hospitals, and residents at Juvenile Hall. More information is available at

About Ark Charities

Ark Charities, Inc., a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit, was established in July 2012 as a New York corporation.  Its mission is to enhance the quality of life for animals and humanity through compassionate, scientific and education action.  For more information, visit