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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.

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Shawn

I donate every month and I am happy doing so, but this seems like a PR move? To put that much money in one area, likely because of the name, does not sit right with me. The money should be equally distributed to all cities, not some large amount to L.A. How about giving us a map of where the money is committed to across the country?

JR

Halleleuljah - Montana shouldn't be having to take dogs because LA won't be responsible for putting some guidelines out for breeders and setting up prevention. It is selfish and self centered to openly and randomly breed animals for the fun of it and then what we see are the rendering plants with dog skins piled high where they are literally feeding dog food that is made out of dogs! Unacceptable and about time. Thanks ASPCA!

Helen Darvall

Nothing will change until Brenda Barnette, General Manager of Los Angeles Animal Services - and herself a breeder - enforces the Spay/Neuter laws that we rescuers in Los Angeles worked so hard to have enacted. It is one thing to provide free spay/neuter to low-income neighborhoods... but nothing is being done to stem the flow of puppies and kittens being pumped by the thousand into Southern California by illegal backyard breeders. Ms. Barnette refuses to address this problem. It's almost as if she doesn't want to reduce the 'inventory' for the fancy new malls she and Best Friends (where her daughter is employed... conflict of interest, anyone?) are selling dogs. ASPCA, please dig a little deeper - things are very rotten here in Los Angeles. God help the animals...

Charles Van Deusen

Great news. Glad to see L.A. getting the help it needs for these dogs and cats.
The spay/neuter should be mandatory for issuing dog licenses and for anyone who owns a cat. It's a shame some funds can be sent to close the horrific San Bernardino Shelter (Hell Hole) where animals are euthanized within one day of being picked up or dropped off. They also withhold necessary medication for the sick animals. Please, ASPCA take a look at the horrible San Bernardino City Shelter.

Charles Van Deusen

Great news. Glad to see L.A. getting the help it needs for these dogs and cats.
The spay/neuter should be mandatory for issuing dog licenses and for anyone who owns a cat. It's a shame some funds can be sent to close the horrific San Bernardino Shelter (Hell Hole) where animals are euthanized within one day of being picked up or dropped off. They also withhold necessary medication for the sick animals. Please, ASPCA take a look at the horrible San Bernardino City Shelter.

susan rudnicki

Here is a perfect example of why I no longer give to ASPCA---firstly, as is abundantly clear from the meeting with the so-called LA Animal Services fiefdom's meeting with the rescue community on April 8 of this year, they have a ossified, intransigent attitude toward the people in the trenches rescuing ALL MANNER of animals, not just dogs and cats. Their contempt--from Brenda Barnette to Mark Salazar and all the others---is withering and arrogant. They refuse to develop any plan and method to enforce the spay/neuter laws, the law against selling of rabbits, kittens and puppies from Los Angeles pet stores which continues and instead blather about how they are hamstrung do anything meaningful. They would prefer to dither about what kind of plastic bag is supplied from city-provided poop-bag dispensers than do the hard work of enforcing cruelty and spay/neuter laws. Photos presented of a rabbit hoarder who Brenda Barnette has deemed keeping "acceptable conditions" drew gaffaws of protest from those at the meeting familiar with the case. A recent radio program on KPCC excoriating Barnette's tenure and her inflated
salary brought whining comments from her about a "lack of balance" in the story!! How do you "balance" the issues from this "breeder in residence" heading up Los Angeles's efforts to control breeding? Over 400 breeding permits issued last year in LA, according to reports at the LAAS meeting on the 8th! She is a crook and ASPCA is making a poor choice to ally with this poorly administered city agency. And by the way---a lot of OTHER animals besides cats and dogs are suffering abuse, filth, abandonment around here. Why the discrimination?

susan rudnicki

Think Brenda Barnette is doing such a good job? See her smiling face in the post here? She is a breeder and fails to enforce the spay/neuter laws and makes over 200,000 dollars a year. David Feldman did a scathing interview with someone well qualified to criticize the failure ridden LAAS department. Listen to the interview on KPCC---for which Barnette whined she is treated unfairly.
http://davidfeldmanshow.com/las-animal-services-fire/

susan rudnicki

Here is a perfect example of why I no longer give to ASPCA---firstly, as is abundantly clear from the meeting with the so-called LA Animal Services fiefdom's meeting with the rescue community on April 8 of this year, they have a ossified, intransigent attitude toward the people in the trenches rescuing ALL MANNER of animals, not just dogs and cats. Their contempt--from Brenda Barnette to Mark Salazar and all the others---is withering and arrogant. They refuse to develop any plan and method to enforce the spay/neuter laws, the law against selling of rabbits, kittens and puppies from Los Angeles pet stores which continues and instead blather about how they are hamstrung do anything meaningful. They would prefer to dither about what kind of plastic bag is supplied from city-provided poop-bag dispensers than do the hard work of enforcing cruelty and spay/neuter laws. Photos presented of a rabbit hoarder who Brenda Barnette has deemed keeping "acceptable conditions" drew gaffaws of protest from those at the meeting familiar with the case. A recent radio program on KPCC excoriating Barnette's tenure and her inflated
salary brought whining comments from her about a "lack of balance" in the story!! How do you "balance" the issues from this "breeder in residence" heading up Los Angeles's efforts to control breeding? Over 400 breeding permits issued last year in LA, according to reports at the LAAS meeting on the 8th! She is a crook and ASPCA is making a poor choice to ally with this poorly administered city agency. And by the way---a lot of OTHER animals besides cats and dogs are suffering abuse, filth, abandonment around here. Why the discrimination?

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susan rudnicki

Think Brenda Barnette is doing such a good job? See her smiling face in the post here? She is a breeder and fails to enforce the spay/neuter laws and makes over 200,000 dollars a year. David Feldman did a scathing interview with someone well qualified to criticize the failure ridden LAAS department. Listen to the interview on KPCC---for which Barnette whined she is treated unfairly.
http://davidfeldmanshow.com/las-animal-services-fire/

Sarah

Love this! To repeat someone else, as an LA county resident, "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." Thank you!

Diana Gosliga

I understand that the ASPCA caters to Cat and Dog causes but birds are also subject to cruelty by their owners. People who get Parrots only to find that they are VERY loud and the owner puts them in the garage with no contact and no toys. People who actually break a birds wing or intentionally hurt them.There are a few Parrot rescues that could REALLY use help in the area of retention while new homes are trying to be located for them. If just a small part of the $25M could be funneled to that area, it would help IMMENSELY!!!

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