Locals bring spay and neuter services to GJ sister city

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT)-- In May, Foundation for Cultural Change will head to Grand Junction's Sister City of El Espino, El Salvador.

"We are going to do a three-day long spay and neuter campaign in the community in our sister city," said President of Foundation for Cultural Change, Anna Stout.

While the focus is on animals, it's also about the people.

"This is the first free spay and neuter campaign that's ever been done in the country. Animal health is directly related to human health, especially in a country like El Salvador where there is a pretty massive overpopulation of animals," Stout said.

More animals can mean a higher chance of sickness for those living in El Espino.

"Every animal equals a certain risk of carrying zoonotic diseases that can be transferred to humans," Stout said.

But it's about more than just taking care of animals. The trip is also meant to further the foundation's relationship with the community in El Salvador.

"Our relationship with that community doesn't end here. We have a long-standing, over a decade old relationship with the community down there so this is just kind of the first spay and neuter campaign that we plan on doing," said board member of Foundation for Cultural Change, Charlie Blackmer.

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