Companion Animal Alliance is the recipient of a Rachael Ray Save Them All Grant from Best Friends Animal Society.

The grant helps fund a free spay/neuter program in Baton Rouge intended to reduce the number of animals entering local shelters, a news release said.

“Our goal is to perform 250 spay/neuter operations over the course of a year. We appreciate the support to make our Pets for Life program possible,” said Beth Brewster, executive director of Companion Animal Alliance.

The program is modeled on the Humane Society of the United States’ Pets for Life, in which people in underserved communities have access to free pet care resources, services and information.

Baton Rouge’s program will focus on the 70805, 70802 and 70807 ZIP codes.

Companion Animal Alliance is an active partner in Best Friends Network, which offers help and support to animal rescue groups and shelters that save lives in their communities, the release said.