Los Angeles FAQ

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The ASPCA operates Community Engagement programs in partnership with two Los Angeles County animal shelters—the Baldwin Park and Downey Animal Care Centers. We look forward to working with you and your animal companions! Read on for answers to commonly asked animal-related questions from Los Angeles residents.

Programs & Services at the ASPCA

Where can I adopt a pet in Los Angeles?

We’re so glad you are actively seeking an animal companion! The ASPCA in Los Angeles has cats available for adoption from participating Petco Locations and ASPCA Foster Homes. Please visit our Adoptable Cats page for more information.

You can also visit one of the Animal Care Centers of L.A. to adopt a pet or the L.A. Animal Services page to view available animals online.


Where can I get my pet spayed/neutered in L.A. for free/low-cost?

We’re so glad you want to keep your pet healthier and happier. Check out info about our spay and neuter services by visiting our ASPCA Los Angeles Spay/Neuter Clinic page and the ASPCA Los Angeles Mobile Spay/Neuter Clinic page.

You can also read more about the benefits of spaying and neutering.


Does the ASPCA offer veterinary care?

If your pet requires immediate care, please visit your local veterinary emergency hospital. You can also call 211 to inquire about alternate resources. If you are calling to report an animal cruelty crime in progress, please call 911.

To find a veterinarian in your area, please visit the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) website, where you can find an accredited veterinary practice.

Do you live in the Baldwin Park or Downey Care Center service area? The ASPCA L.A. Initiative may also have resources available for pet owners like you. For a list of areas serviced, please visit the Los Angeles County Animal Care & Control website and view the Baldwin Park and Downey tabs for a list of cities. If you reside within the area serviced and are experiencing financial hardship, please contact the ASPCA at (844) KEEP-PET or (844) 533-7738 for further assistance.


Help! My pet needs emergency medical care!

If your pet requires immediate care, please visit your local veterinary emergency hospital. You can also call 211 to inquire about alternate resources. If you are calling to report an animal cruelty crime in progress, please call 911.

If you suspect your pet may have been poisoned or has ingested a toxic substance, call the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center (APCC), a national telephone hotline, available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. It is staffed by veterinarians and board-certified veterinary toxicologists. A consultation fee may apply for this lifesaving service. The phone number is (888) 426-4435.

Need more help finding emergency care for your pet? Please visit our Emergency Care page.


How can I report animal cruelty in Los Angeles?

Abuse of any kind should be reported to the appropriate authorities immediately. For crimes in progress, please dial 911.

Abuse or cruelty situations involving animals in Los Angeles should also be reported to the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) at (877) ASK-LAPD or (877) 275-5273.

If you live in L.A. City and need more information about reporting animal cruelty, please call (213) 486-0450 or refer to the LAPD animal cruelty brochure.

If you live in L.A. County and need more information about reporting animal cruelty, please call any of the L.A. County Animal Care & Control locations:

Downey: (562) 940-6898
Carson/Gardena: (310) 523-9566
Baldwin Park: (626) 962-3577
Lancaster: (661) 940-4191
Castaic: (661) 257-3191
Agoura: (818) 991-0071
Palmdale: (661) 575-2888


Pet Care & Well-Being

I found a stray cat or dog in Los Angeles. What should I do?

Thanks for considering helping an animal in need of a home. Please exercise caution when interacting with an unfamiliar animal—do not approach any stray animal exhibiting odd behavior or signs of aggression. If the animal is tame and you are able to provide transport, you may bring them to any of the L.A. County Animal Care Centers or L.A. City Shelters.

If you cannot safely handle the animal and are in L.A. County, call L.A. County’s 24-hour dispatch center for assistance at (562) 940-6898, or visit the L.A. County website for more information.

If you live in L.A. City, please contact (888) 452-7381, or visit the L.A. City website for more information.

If you have found a cat who is not tame, please see information below regarding our trap-neuter-return resources.


I’d like to get involved in helping stray cats in Los Angeles.

Thank you for your concern about Los Angeles’ community cat population. The ASPCA endorses trap-neuter-return (TNR) as the only proven humane and effective method to manage community cat populations. For information on how you can help in your area, please consult Fix Nation or StrayCatAlliance.

The ASPCA also offers a free online certification program in TNR.

Find more information about the ASPCA’s policy on Community Cats and Community Cat Programs in the Policies & Positions section of our website.


I would like to volunteer for the ASPCA. How do I get involved?

Thank you for seeking to volunteer your time to work with our animal friends! For information on volunteering in Los Angeles, visit the kitten and cat fostering page and our VolunteerMatch page for more opportunities.


I can no longer keep my pet. What can I do?

We’re sorry you’re faced with such a difficult decision. With many millions of companion animals surrendered to animal shelters each year, and countless stray animals roaming our streets, giving up a companion animal is not a decision to be made lightly.

If circumstances arise that prohibit you from caring for your pet, there may be options for you to consider before the final resort of sending your animal companion to a shelter.

Here are some potential options:

  • Behavioral Training: If you need behavioral assistance for your pet, please consult a reputable trainer or animal behaviorist for help. Your local animal shelter or veterinarian can help with a referral. You can also see our online behavior information for helpful advice for common problems.
  • Re-homing: If you have made up your mind to re-home your companion animal, your best bet is to find your pet a home through your own personal contacts (e.g., your veterinarian, dog walker, pet sitter, friends, family, co-workers, etc.). You may also wish to list your pet on Petfinder.com, or visit Get Your Pet to connect with people near you who are looking to adopt a companion animal, and meet potential adopters to find a good home for your pet.

Do not give up if you do not find a home for your animal right away! Finding an ideal home for a companion animal may take some time and effort, but your pet's future is in your hands. Be sure to screen potential adopters carefully—ask them for references and inquire about employment, financial stability and previous pet ownership. Ask to visit their homes before you place your animal to ensure that the environment is suitable.

The ASPCA L.A. Initiative may also have resources available for pet owners who reside within the Baldwin Park or Downey Care Center service area. For a list of areas serviced, please visit the Los Angeles County Animal Care & Control website, and view the Baldwin Park and Downey tabs for a list of cities. If you reside within the area serviced and are experiencing financial hardship, please contact the ASPCA at (844) KEEP-PET or (844) 533-7738 for further assistance.


My neighbor’s dog barks constantly! To whom can I complain?

For barking dogs in L.A. County, contact L.A. County Animal Care & Control. For L.A. City dog-barking complaints, contact L.A. Animal Services.


I found an injured wild animal in Los Angeles. Who can I call for help?

The ASPCA does not have certified wildlife rehabilitators on staff, nor do we have wildlife experts or a wildlife department.

For more information regarding Wild Animals, please contact L.A. County Animal Care & Control or L.A. Animal Services.


Does the ASPCA offer dog obedience classes?

The ASPCA Los Angeles Initiative does not currently offer dog obedience classes. We recommend consulting your veterinarian for the best local resources. You can also see our online behavior information for helpful tips to common dog behavioral problems.


I would like information regarding ASPCA pet insurance.

For information on ASPCA Pet Health Insurance, or to get a quote, visit www.aspcapetinsurance.com or call (888) 716-1203.

For more frequently asked questions and information about the ASPCA please see our full list of general FAQs.