10/12/2010 06:51 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Priceless: Low-Cost Pet Health Clinics in Gulf Coast Communities (VIDEO)

Last month I featured a guest blog from Amanda Arrington, The Humane Society of the United States' manager of spay/neuter initiatives, spotlighting one of the pet health clinics that are part of our larger Gulf Coast initiative. By bringing low-cost spay/neuter services into the community, often with free vaccination and microchipping, we are eliminating the main barriers -- cost and access -- that many people face in providing veterinary care to their pets. With this kind of work, we are chipping away, community by community, at the larger problem of pet overpopulation and euthanasia.

We recently hosted another clinic in Jefferson Parrish, La., in coordination with the Jefferson SPCA and the Jefferson Parrish Animal Shelter. Thousands of cats and dogs received free vaccinations, hundreds received free microchips and discounted spay/neuter vouchers and, thanks to a generous donation by, five tons of Halo Spot's Stew pet food was distributed to attendees.

I am posting video from the event. Be sure to watch -- the smiles and gratitude from community members whose pets we helped to serve are sure to brighten your day.

This is just another part of The HSUS's hands-on work, manifested every day across the nation. That work has so many forms, both inside our own animal care centers and in communities like the one depicted in the video.

This post originally appeared on Pacelle's blog, A Humane Nation.