The ASPCA in El Monte

cat in carrier
  • If you feed, care for, or know of outdoor community cats in your neighborhood, and you want more information about how to help them with spay/neuter services contact us here.
  • Found kittens outside? Follow this chart to decide the best course of action you can take for the kittens.

The ASPCA currently offers fully subsidized veterinary services for cats and dogs in the City of El Monte, including:

 
Spay/Neuter Services for Outdoor Community Cats

outdoor community cat

The ASPCA partners with Stray Paws Animal Haven to provide spay/neuter services for unowned, outdoor community cats in El Monte (within the 91732 zip code) via Trap-Neuter-Return-Monitor (TNRM). If you live in El Monte and want more information about how to help outdoor community cats in your neighborhood, contact us here.

A high number of cats enter animal shelters from El Monte, indicating that there is a need for strategic spay/neuter services in this area to reduce the number of unowned cats and unwanted behaviors (fighting, smells and excessive noise like yowling). Spaying and neutering also improves the welfare of El Monte’s outdoor cats!

Community Cat FAQ’s

Who are Community Cats?

"Community Cats" are outdoor, unowned, free-roaming cats. These cats (adults or kittens) can be friendly or feral (not friendly to people) and either altered or unaltered (via spay/neuter). Often these cats will live together in a group sometimes referred to as a “colony.”

Community cats, present in most neighborhoods, can start having kittens as early as four months old and will often birth multiple litters a year causing overpopulation concerns. These cats often end up in animal shelters, which make up a large percentage of cats euthanized every year.

What is Trap-Neuter-Return-Monitor (TNRM)?

The ASPCA supports Trap-Neuter-Return-Monitor (TNRM) as an effective strategy for humanely managing community cat populations. Research shows that by ensuring 75% of the community cat population in an area is altered every six months (also known as high-intensity and strategic TNRM), there will be a more stable and eventually lower population of community cats in that area.

  • TRAP: Community cats are humanely trapped in their colony location by trained volunteers or caretakers.
  • NEUTER: In their traps, they are brought to a veterinary clinic to receive a spay (female) or neuter (male) surgery as well as other medical services such as a rabies vaccination and an ear tip*.
  • RETURN: After recovering from surgery, the cats are returned to their colony to live out their lives without contributing further to the population and reproducing more litters.
  • MONITOR: The cats’ caretaker will continue to monitor the cats’ well-being and provide food, shelter, and identify if any new cats come into the area that need to be altered.

*Ear-tipping is a widely accepted and safe means of marking a community cat who has been spayed or neutered. Ear-tipping is the humane, safe surgical removal of the top quarter inch of the cat’s ear snipped during alteration surgery. This is a painless and risk-free procedure that helps rescuers, community cat caretakers and volunteers visually identify an already-altered cat to prevent the stress of re-trapping for a cat and an unnecessary surgery.

What are the benefits of Trap-Neuter-Return-Monitor (TNRM)?

Most community cats are not adoptable and those who live in a managed colony—a colony with a dedicated caretaker who provides spay/neuter services, regular feedings, and proper shelter—can live healthy and happy lives outdoors.

After being spayed or neutered, cats live healthier lives. They no longer have the stress of mating, fighting, and giving birth. Altering cats not only prevents births of unwanted litters but also largely eliminates “nuisance” behaviors for community members including spraying, excessive noisemaking and fighting —which makes them better neighbors!

How can I help cats in El Monte?

There are several ways you can help cats in the El Monte area:

  • If you feed, care for, or know of community cats in your neighborhood, and you want more information about how to help them with TNRM, contact us here.
  • Found kittens outside? Follow this chart to decide the best course of action you can take for the kittens.
  • Become a kitten foster volunteer! Kitten fosters provide temporary care and support to kittens until they are old enough to be adopted. Visit here for more information and to sign up.
  • Adopt a cat. If you are interested in adopting a cat or kitten from the ASPCA in Los Angeles, visit our Adoptable Cat page.

 
Spay/Neuter Services for Cats and Dogs

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The ASPCA offers fully subsidized, high-quality spay/neuter services for owned cats and dogs in El Monte (within the 91732 zip code). Our clinic accepts healthy cats and dogs at least eight weeks of age and no older than seven years. To book an appointment, please call (844) MY-ASPCA, or for more information please fill out a request inquiry form here.

If you would like more information about the benefits of spaying and neutering, you can visit our website here. If you live outside the 91732 zip code and want to see if you qualify for the ASPCA’s services, please visit the ASPCA LA Spay/Neuter Clinic page and the ASPCA LA Mobile Clinics page.

 
Basic Veterinary Care Services Offered

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The ASPCA offers fully subsidized basic pet care for dogs and cats in El Monte (within the 91732 zip code) by appointment only. Services include:

  • Physical exams
  • Preventive treatments like vaccines and deworming
  • Microchips
  • Treatment for common ailments such as skin, eye, and ear infections
  • Other diagnostics and treatments that are non-invasive and do not require sedation
  • Humane euthanasia

To book an appointment please call (844) MY-ASPCA or for more information please fill out a request inquiry form here. If you live outside the 91732 zip code and want to see if you qualify for the ASPCA’s services, please visit the ASPCA LA Spay/Neuter Clinic page and the ASPCA LA Mobile Clinics page.

Please note: The ASPCA is not a medical emergency facility. If your pet is experiencing a medical emergency, please call your nearest veterinary emergency hospital.