L.A. Spay-Neuter Efforts Get $13.8 Million Boost

Goal of five-year plan is to reduce shelter intake and euthanasia of pets in Los Angeles.

Posted: October 1, 2008, 5 a.m. EDT

With a new ordinance that takes effect Oct. 1 in the city of Los Angeles, which requires cats and dogs ages 4 months and older to be sterilized unless exempted for a specific reason, a PetSmart Charities pledge of $13.8 million will help low-income residents comply with the law, said spokeswoman Kimberly Noetzel.

The Spay Los Angeles Initiative consists of a five-year grant for the development and operation of eight high-volume, high-quality spay-neuter clinics for cats and dogs in the city and county of Los Angeles. With all the clinics operating at full capacity during the length of the program, they are projected to sterilize as many as 720,000 pets.

Spay-neuter costs in Los Angeles County range from $100 to $200 for dogs and from $50 to $100 for cats. Two local nonprofit agencies are aiding PetSmart in administering the funding and providing low-cost services for pets.

The first, Clinico Inc. in Downey and Pico Rivera, provides spay services for female cats for $35 and for female dogs for $55; neutering for male cats for $25 and neutering for male dogs for $45. FixNation Inc. in Burbank, offers services specifically for cats, ranging from zero to $50, depending upon gender and whether the cat is owned or free-roaming. 

Noetzel said the clinics will be open to any pet parent and rescue group that wants to take advantage of the services. Los Angeles was selected for funding based on its high population, cost of living, and lack of subsidized spay-neuter services.

These clinics also accept coupons and provide other services such as pain medication and, if necessary, vaccinations, fluids, and antibiotics. The goal of the initiative is to extend the lifesaving impact of Spay Los Angeles by demonstrating large-scale success, and encourage other communities to pursue their own comprehensive spay-neuter initiatives.

“The best solution for reducing the steady stream of homeless companion animals into the shelter system, and ultimately reducing the tragedy of euthanasia, is to reduce the number of unwanted pets,” said Susana Della Maddalena, PetSmart Charities executive director. “That is achieved with spay and neuter efforts. We need to increase dramatically the availability of low-cost spay-neuter services in neighborhoods where they are needed the most, such as where shelter intake is high, income is low and resources are limited.”


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Jenny   New Oxford, PA

10/12/2008 7:19:02 AM

GO JULIE, you tell'em GIRL!!! Maybe certain people should spend some time volunteering at a shelter or rescue just so they can see first hand what happens to unwanted animals. This would change alot of peoples minds about wanting to breed their pets and about the spay/neuter issue! It changed my whole way of thinking!

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Julie   Richmond, VA

10/9/2008 12:23:51 PM

Well, Carly from Los Angeles, if you saw the death and suffering that I see every day ( I am involved in animal rescue) perhaps you would understand. I am not attacking anyone, only hoping to enlighten people and end animal suffering. No one should be killed just because they don't have a home, and no pet owner should have to live with the knowledge that their pet died from a disease they could have easily prevented.

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Jenny   New Oxford, PA

10/3/2008 1:00:07 PM

Well, Tia from California, I can read, and the problem is not RESPONSIBLE owners! The problem is, there are not ENOUGH responsible owners! The pet over- population problem only proves this point! I volunteer for two different shelters/rescues, I see the problem day in and day out! What solution do you have for this problem, Tia? At least this group is trying! AGAIN, the breeding should be left to the PROFESSIONALS!

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Tia   Beverly Hills, CA

10/2/2008 9:05:45 PM

Obviously...Jenny from New Oxford, PA can't read...The comment posted by Maria didn't state that "all pet owners were responsible" it was merely stating that not everyone should have to abide by the ordinance or be forced to abide by it as not every pet owner is irresposible. Everyone is entitled to an opinion and comment. What happened to freedom of choice? I chose to own a dog and care for my pet...just because I refuse to have my pet spayed/neutered makes me irresponsible? There should be exceptions to those pet owners that are "RESPONSIBLE."

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