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 youíll be making sure your pet doesnít contribute to the already overwhelming problem of pet overpopulation.
Los Angeles Spaymobile
This state-of-the-art mobile clinic provides free spay and neuter surgery for dogs and cats living with income-qualified families in the City of Los Angeles. If you receive a Department of Water and Power bill, then you live within the city limits.
For information on qualifications, as well as a schedule of clinic locations, visit L.A. Animal Services website at www.laanimalservices.com or call (800) 772-9452 to make an appointment.
San Simon Foundation
This is another mobile clinic that provides free spay/neuter surgery for dogs and cats in the Los Angeles area. For more information, please call (888) 364-7729 or visit www.thesamsimonfoundation.org.
Actors and Others for Animals
This organization provides FREE spay/neuter for pit bulls and pitbull mixes, as well as Rottweiler and Rottweiler mixes. Participants must meet certain qualifications. For more information, please call
(818) 755-6045 or (818) 755-6323.
Pasadena Humane Society
The Pasadena Humane Society also provides free spay/neuter surgery and microchipping for pit bulls and pitbull mixes. For more information, please read about their Spay/Neuter information program at http://www.phsspca.org/SNiP/appointment.htm.
Cat Spay/Neuter in Lancaster
The Spay/Neuter Clinic at the L.A. County Animal Shelter in Lancaster holds clinics for cats only. The cost of surgery is only $10 per cat, with a limit of 3 cats per household. Cats must be at least 8 weeks of age. The clinic is located at 5210 W. Avenue I, Lancaster 93536. To schedule an appointment, please call (661) 940-4191.
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 Freemanís 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 FoAís 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.
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.