This article originally appeared in The Vancouver Sun

Lo­cal an­i­mal char­ity Neuter­head: Ace of Spays is run by a group of friends who use heavy rock to raise funds to help an­i­mal shel­ters with the costs of spays and neuters. Its next an­nual fundraiser should thrill fans of late ’90s once-heard-never-forgotten groove-thrash act Hu­man Re­sis­tance Pro­gram. The group (which in­cludes 3 Inches of Blood’s gui­tar hur­ri­cane Shane Clark) has re­united and is one of five acts hop­ing to make life bet­ter for home­less cats and dogs. (One un­spayed dog can have a lit­ter ev­ery six months. Many of those pup­pies end up living on the street or in shel­ters, where they are even­tu­ally eu­th­a­nized. “Not cool,” as Neuter­head’s web­site says.)