he following are a few of the many resources available to residents of the L.A. area. There are many animal organizations willing to help ensure that all of our pets can benefit from spay/neuter. Not only will you have a better-behaved and healthier pet, but you’ll be making sure your pet doesn’t contribute to the already overwhelming problem of pet overpopulation.
Los Angeles Spaymobile
(Spay Neuter Assistance Program)
This state-of-the-art mobile clinic provides free spay and neuter surgery for dogs and cats living with income-qualified families. The clinic operates Tuesday through Saturday and travels to locations throughout Los Angeles. An average of 20 surgeries per day are performed.
For information on qualifications, as well as a schedule of clinic locations, visit L.A. Animal Services website at www.ci.la.ca.us/ani/ or call (888) 452-7381.
SPAY/USA, a program of The Pet Savers Foundation, is a nationwide network and referral service for affordable spay/neuter services.
CALL 1-800-248-SPAY (7729) or go to www.spayusa.org for more information.
Phone counselors are available Monday-Friday from 9 am- 4:30 pm (Eastern time)
Sue Freeman’s Guide to Rescue Cats
Please visit www.rescueguide.com for valuable information on affordable spay and neuter surgery. It includes veterinary clinics and shelters in Los Angeles county, as well as the surrounding counties. Although the prices listed apply to cats, many of the clinics have lowered their surgery prices for dogs too (call the clinic for more information).
Friends of Animals
Pet owners may purchase a certificate from Friends of Animals that can be used for routine spay and neuter surgery at an of FoA’s participating veterinary hospitals. To order a certificate, call the spay/neuter hotline at 1-800-321-PETS (1-800-321-7387) or order online at www.friendsofanimals.org.
Below is a list of FoA participating veterinarians in the L.A. area. You must contact the veterinarian before ordering the certificate (let them know you intend to use the certificate and ask if there are any additional fees). Go to the website for further instructions.
Bel-Air Animal Hospital
2340 S. Sepulveda Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90064
Porter Pet Hospital
Northridge, CA 91325
Five Star Vet Center
13725 Foothill Blvd.
Sylmar, CA 91342
For more information about spay/neuter resources, as well as local animal-related news and events, make sure you read The Pet Press. This is a monthly publication available at many pet supply stores, shelters, and veterinary offices. More information is available online at www.thepetpress-la.com.