ASPCA Achieves 100,000 Spay/Neuter Surgeries in Los AngelesASPCA spay/neuter clinics conduct high-quality, low-cost surgery for thousands of Los Angeles pet owners and rescue groups each year
LOS ANGELES, CA – The ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) today announced it has achieved a significant milestone by completing 100,000 spay/neuter surgeries in Los Angeles. The ASPCA provides free and low-cost spay/neuter services directly to underserved communities and pet families at the ASPCA South L.A. Spay and Neuter Clinic and on three mobile spay/neuter clinics serving L.A. County.
Accessible and affordable spay and neuter is an important part of creating a healthy community for cats and dogs, including decreasing the number of animals entering shelters and reducing community cat populations.
“It’s well-known that spay and neuter surgeries can significantly reduce shelter populations and intake, but the key to elevating that lifesaving impact is making those services accessible and affordable to pet owners and rescue organizations who desperately need them,” said Matt Bershadker, President and CEO of the ASPCA. “Reaching this 100,000-spay/neuter surgery milestone reflects the drive behind our commitment to helping vulnerable Los Angeles dogs and cats survive and thrive. We thank our friend and business leader Kathy Taggares for her incredible compassion and generosity in supporting this work over the years.”
The ASPCA’s L.A. Spay/Neuter Program has received significant support from Ms. Taggares, a generous donor to the ASPCA and longstanding spay and neuter advocate for animals in Los Angeles. Since 2007, Ms. Taggares has committed more than $7 million to the ASPCA.
“Given L.A.’s substantial dog and cat population, there is a continuous need for these vital services, and the ASPCA’s spay/neuter program has steadily grown over the years, specifically our mobile spay/neuter clinics, which brings our free services to pet owners in areas with the greatest need,” said Jennifer Anderson, Director of Operations, Los Angeles Community Medicine, ASPCA. “This removes obstacles to accessing spay/neuter resources like affordability and lack of transportation.”
Another major component of the ASPCA’s L.A. spay/neuter programs is its work with young kittens. Kittens under eight weeks old are one of the most vulnerable animal populations in L.A., requiring extensive support including foster care and spay/neuter services to help them become ready for adoption into loving homes. Through the ASPCA’s L.A. Kitten Foster Program in L.A. County, the ASPCA has provided spay and neuter surgeries to more than 2,500 “pee-wee” kittens, ages 4-8 weeks. Additionally, the ASPCA also provides spay and neuter support to animals at Los Angeles Animal Services and County of Los Angeles Department of Animal Care & Control Animal Care Centers, which reduces animals’ time in shelters, enables quicker adoption placements, and allows shelters to help more animals.
In 2014, the ASPCA announced its $25 million commitment to assist pets and pet owners in L.A., and since then has been providing hands-on work, including collaborating with local partners, to support animals through a variety of vital initiatives and programs, including supplying free/low-cost spay/neuter and basic veterinary care services, operating kitten foster and adoption programs that support municipal shelters, focused Trap-Neuter-Return and monitoring of community cats, and coordinating animal relocation support, among others.
For more information about the ASPCA’s work in L.A., please visit www.aspca.org/la.