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Los Angeles Residents: You Can Help Cats

Los Angeles Residents: You Can Help Cats

Cats are a regular presence in many of L.A.’s neighborhoods, and their number tends to increase rapidly during the spring and summer months known as “kitten season.” In order to reduce the amount of cats and kittens entering L.A.’s animal shelters, the ASPCA is working with the Los Angeles County Department of Animal Care and Control to provide you with a variety of no-cost services for felines.

 
Services Offered:

If you live in the Baldwin Park or El Monte neighborhoods of Los Angeles and want to help cats and kittens, the ASPCA may be able to provide assistance in the following areas:

 
To take advantage of these and other ASPCA services for Los Angeles’ cats, call 1-844-GATOS LA (1-844-428-6752

 
Frequently Asked Questions

If the cat is pregnant, can she still be spayed?

Yes. Please let us know if you suspect the cat is pregnant and we can expedite this process. Spay/neuter will ensure that future litters are not born.


This female cat just had kittens. When should I get her spayed?

Female cats can be spayed two months after the date the kittens were born.


After a mother cat gets spayed, can she still nurse her kittens?

No. This is why spay surgeries should be performed at least eight weeks after kittens are born. Our team can assist in setting up fosters for the kittens to be temporarily relocated.


What if the cat has FELV/FIV?

If FELV/FIV are suspected due to clinical symptoms, veterinarians will perform a test to confirm the diagnosis and work with you to determine the appropriate next steps.


What if I need transportation to get the cats to the designated pick up or vet partner?

We may be able to help you with transportation, particularly if it’s a larger number of cats. We will take your information and follow up with you.


Where do I pick up transporters, food and other supplies?

Supplies will be made available through ASPCA representatives at Baldwin Park Animal Care Center: 4295 North Elton Street, Baldwin Park, CA 91706. Please speak directly to an ASPCA representative.


What if I find a litter of kittens?

If you find a litter of kittens, monitor the area for the mother to return to the location, as she may have left to get food or look for another place to keep them. Check back after a few hours. If you are certain the mother won’t return, you have several options:

  • You can bring the kittens into your home and care for them. Kittens will need to nurse every 2-6 hours. Depending on their age, they may need to be bottle fed. Visit our Cat Nutrition page for more tips. Once they are old enough, we can connect you to spay/neuter and vaccine services and if you can't keep them, we will help you find them another home or alternate placement.
  • If you can only care for the kittens for a few days but not permanently, we will try to find another foster or placement with another animal welfare group or alternate placement. We will set you up with supplies and provide telephone support.
  • If you absolutely cannot care for kittens for any length of time or are concerned about their health and safety, we suggest you take them to the Baldwin Park Animal Care Center.

I thought the shelter would be a good place for kittens?

Newborn kittens require round-the-clock care, something the shelter is not equipped to do. The best option is for the kittens to stay with their mother until they are weaned, but if that is not possible, bottle feeding them and caring for them until they are old enough is another good option.


Why can’t you pick them up?

The ASPCA is working with the county to provide services in this area, our goal is to provide alternatives to bringing cats to the shelter. If you absolutely need to bring the cats to the shelter and can’t transport them, please call the County at (626) 962-3577 and they can assist you. We ARE able to partner with people and provide services to keep cats out of the shelter and can assist with transport to veterinary clinics and other services in certain cases, but unfortunately we are not able to provide transportation in every scenario.


What does it cost to get these services?

The services are available at no cost to residents of the Baldwin Park service areas:

  • Altadena (unincorporated area)
  • Arcadia (unincorporated area)
  • Azusa (City and unincorporated area)
  • Baldwin Park
  • Bassett (unincorporated area)
  • Brea (unincorporated area)
  • Charter Oak (unincorporated area)
  • Claremont (unincorporated area)
  • Covina ( City and unincorporated area)
  • Diamond Bar (unincorporated area)
  • Duarte (City: limited services, unincorporated area)
  • El Monte (City: limited services; unincorporated area)
  • Glendora (unincorporated area)
  • Hacienda Heights (unincorporated area)
  • Industry
  • Irwindale
  • La Crescenta (unincorporated area)
  • La Puente ( City and unincorporated area)
  • La Verne (unincorporated area)
  • Monrovia (unincorporated area)
  • Montrose (unincorporated area)
  • Mt. Baldy (unincorporated area)
  • Pasadena (unincorporated area)
  • Rosemead
  • Rowland Heights (unincorporated area)
  • San Dimas (unincorporated area)
  • San Gabriel (unincorporated area)
  • South El Monte (unincorporated area)
  • South San Gabriel (unincorporated area)
  • Temple City (unincorporated area)
  • Valinda (unincorporated area)
  • Walnut (City and unincorporated area)
  • West Covina (City and unincorporated area)

Why do I need to get them spayed?

It is better for their health and it helps prevent more animals entering the crowded county shelters. We are all doing our part to reduce the number of cats at risk.


Please help us spread the word about these services for L.A.’s cats by sharing this information with the hashtags #GatosLA and #HelpLAcats.