Los Angeles FAQ & Resources

Pet Food Distribution

San Gabriel Valley Family Center: 4602 Peck Rd., El Monte, CA 91732
The ASPCA, in collaboration with L.A. Regional Food Bank, provides pet food distribution at the San Gabriel Valley Family Center. This weekly food distribution occurs Thursdays between 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM. Upon arrival, please check in with the onsite volunteer/staff member and inform them you were referred by the ASPCA.

Eastmont Community Center: 701 Hoefner Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90022
Dog and cat food assistance is also available weekly at the Eastmont Community Center every Thursday between 9:00 AM and 11:00 AM. Upon arrival, check in with the on-site volunteer/staff member and inform them that you were referred by the ASPCA.

Additional Food Bank Resources

FAQ

ASPCA Services in Los Angeles

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 South Los Angeles ASPCA Spay/Neuter Clinic page and the Los Angeles County ASPCA Mobile Spay/Neuter Clinics 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. 

To find a veterinarian in your area, please visit the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) website.

 
Pet Care

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.

To find a veterinarian in your area, please visit the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) website.

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.

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

We’re sorry you’re faced with such a difficult decision. With millions of companion animals surrendered to animal shelters each year, and countless stray animals roaming our streets, rehoming your pet 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 bringing your pet to a shelter.

To find out what resources are available for you and your pet, please visit the Los Angeles Animal Services website for L.A. City residents and the County of Los Angeles Animal Care & Control website for L.A. County residents.

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.

Visit ASPCA Pet Health Insurance or call (888) 716-1203 to learn more or get a quote.

 
Helping Animals in the Community

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

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

If you have found a stray dog in Los Angeles, please contact your local animal care center to find out what you should do next.

If you have found a stray cat in Los Angeles and they appear healthy, please leave them where they are! Stray cats are more likely to find their way home when left where they are.

If you have found a stray cat in Los Angeles and they appear ill or injured, please contact your local animal care center to find out what you should do next.

If you have found stray kittens in Los Angeles, use our found kittens flowchart to find out how you can help them.

If you live 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.

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.

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-Monitor (TNRM) as a 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 TNRM.

Learn more about the ASPCA’s policy on Community Cats and Community Cat Programs.

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 for more opportunities.


Additional Local Resources

Community Cats

FixNation
Provides Trap-Neuter-Return-Monitor (TNRM) support including free spay/neuter services for homeless cats, outreach and education as well as affordable care for companion cats.

ASPCA El Monte Outdoor Community Cat Spay/Neuter Services
The ASPCA partners with Stray Paws Animal Haven to provide spay/neuter services for unowned, outdoor community cats in El Monte via TNRM.

Vaccines and Veterinary Care

The Sam Simon Foundation
Mobile veterinary clinic with free surgical services.

Animal Care and Control
Low-cost vaccinations and microchips for dogs and cats.

Vetco
Provides wellness services for dogs and cats.

The ASPCA provides the above veterinary referral list for the convenience of its clients and will not make direct referrals to the service providers named herein. Moreover, the ASPCA is not necessarily affiliated with any of the service providers and makes no representation or warranty whatsoever about, and shall not be held liable for, the services that may be subsequently provided by any such service provider.