The ASPCA Commits $25 Million to Help Los Angeles’ Animals

Tuesday, May 6, 2014 - 2:00pm
LA Spay/Neuter Clinic opening ceremony

We’re excited to announce today that the ASPCA has dedicated $25 million to assist animals in need in Los Angeles, California in a multi-year effort. Like many communities, Los Angeles faces immense challenges related to homeless animals—roughly half of the animals that enter L.A. area shelters do not find homes. We plan to build on the strong foundation created by Los Angeles’ animal welfare community, working closely with local groups to provide critical services to save lives and help keep families and their pets together.

The ASPCA’s efforts in L.A. will include five key programs:

  • Spay/neuter: The ASPCA will operate a spay/neuter facility for animals owned by South L.A. residents, as well as animals sheltered at the South Los Angeles Animal Care Center–Chesterfield Square facility. Procedures performed at the facility will be fully subsidized.
  • Subsidies for local rescue groups: We’ll provide funding to subsidize fees incurred by local rescue groups when transferring animals from the Los Angeles County and Los Angeles City shelter system into their facilities or networks.
  • Animal relocation: The ASPCA will kick start a relocation program to move animals from L.A. metropolitan area shelters to communities where they’ll have better chances of being adopted.
  • Safety net programs: These programs are designed to keep animals in their homes by addressing the needs of pet parents with scarce resources and limited access to critical services.
  • ASPCA grant funding: We’ll provide funding annually to local partners for intervention programs, spay/neuter programs and medical care for animals in low income areas.

In addition to Los Angeles City Animal Services and Los Angeles County Animal Control, the ASPCA is collaborating with Best Friends Animal Society in support of their No-Kill Los Angeles initiative and local animal welfare organizations including Downtown Dog Rescue, The Amanda Foundation, Stray Cat Alliance, Fix Nation, The Jason Debus Heigl Foundation, Found Animals Foundation, Bark Avenue and others.

We’re looking forward to this exciting new venture on the West Coast, and we can’t wait to help countless animals in need in the L.A. area.



jill shure

I totally agree. Pets are a gift not some toy you discard with they grow too big or get old. They aren't a toy you can disregard, abuse, or fail to train. Dogs and cats need a chance to thrive. And when they get old, we shouldn't dump them like rubbish.


The licensing of animals should be more than just a money maker for the counties/cities. There should be some requirements, like with drivers' licesnes, that give some credence to the idea that people who have animals must be fit to have them. Not just anyone should have an animal, like Michael Vick should never be allowed to have an animal EVER!

Helen Darvall

I have been a rescuer in the trenches in Los Angeles for over 30 years and can tell you, from experience, that it is becoming more of a Third World for the animals. The first condition of the ASPCA entering Ms. Barnette's Neverland should be to require her to ENFORCE THE SPAY/NEUTER LAWS! Ms. Barnette has ignored rescues' pleas, despite our sending her links to all the Craigslist, Kiiji, Recycler, etc. ads. Backyard breeders breed and sell with impunity, flooding Southern California with thousands of puppies and kittens daily. Ms. Barnette, herself a breeder, has said publicly that spay/neuter laws are unfair to breeders. This is insanity. ASPCA, given this attitude, you are merely sticking your finger in the dyke, and will never conquer the tsunami of animals flooding the area with Ms Barnette's blessing. Under her 'leadership,' and with her sleight of hand in terms of manipulating her endless flow charts and 'shelter' records, it is impossible to know the truth... let alone overcome the greed, ignorance and apathy of the citizens of the City of the Angels.

K. James

I am a rescuer in Sacramento, not L.A., but I have heard that L.A. is ground zero for the homeless pet problem in California. I am saddened to hear that there is a city or county official who is not enforcing spay and neuter laws, especially in a severe problem area like L.A. There are ethical, responsible, professional breeders in California, but backyard breeders are a huge problem in most medium to large cities in California - including the Sacramento area and especially for pit bull type dogs, Chihuahuas, and littler designer dogs. We also have a huge feral cat problem in California. All city and county shelter officials should be enforcing spay and neuter laws vigorously - whether or not they are breeders themselves.


Breeding should be outlawed. No such thing responsible breeding, bringing animals into the world with an overflowing population of them needing homes.. This is the problem. People who do this and make profit off this have to be banned. People try to make a profit off selling people too (human trafikking) and that is illegal. Isn't it the same for animals? I think shelter officials should not be breeders either.

Dee Manning

So happy you're doing this. Please, please extend your efforts to the greater L.A. area, specifically the San Bernadino shelter, which is the worst. NKLA has already improved things somewhat in L.A. proper, but the shelters in outlying areas like San Bernadino, Devore, Apple Valley etc. remain very high kill. and do not co-operate with rescue organizations who are trying to help the animals.

Tara Leesa Davis

The San Bernadino Shelter is horrible!!! The Lady that is in charge just wants to kill any animal that has the misfortune of landing there! People have tried to take pictures of Animals to show for an adoption and she just kicks them out and will not allow any pictures to be taken! A woman like this should NOT be in charge! It seems very clear that she does not have any interest in any Animal that is there - all she is interested in is her private business of breeding!!! Please somehow see to it that she is dismissed from her position - she should not be there at all for the sake of any Animal that has the misfortune of being there!


This woman in charge should be fired, or PTS. The shelter is supposed to be a place of safety and sanctuary for the animals, not a place of profit for the people. When healthy dogs and cats are being put to sleep in such great numbers, someone is usually making money from it. This woman is not human or humane and needs to GO!


This woman in charge should be fired, or PTS. The shelter is supposed to be a place of safety and sanctuary for the animals, not a place of profit for the people. When healthy dogs and cats are being put to sleep in such great numbers, someone is usually making money from it. This woman is not human or humane and needs to GO!


Thank God! I'm so glad that my mother's and my monthly donation is paying off in such a desperate situation as in LA.