Every year the Anchorage Animal Care and Control (AACC) takes in thousands of unwanted pets and strays. The newest arrived on Wednesday after someone dropped off a pregnant cat who gave birth to a litter of seven at the shelter.

Animal Care and Control spokeswoman Laura Atwood said the days-old kittens are adorable, but they are also a good reminder of why it's important to spay and neuter your pets.

"It is still really important to prevent homeless animals," said Atwood. "Right now, we have close to 20 cats available for adoption, some are kittens. And we have other kittens in foster homes and now we have seven more."

Friends of Pets is offering free spay and neuter coupons next week. Atwood said 50 coupons are available that will pay for 100 percent of the cost to spay or neuter your cat or dog at the Alaska SPCA.

Atwood said the coupons will be distributed on a first-come-first-served basis beginning at 11 a.m. on Tuesday at Anchorage Animal Care and Control. The coupons are for Anchorage residents only. People who want one should bring photo identification.

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