City of Los Angeles Spay/Neuter Clinic
The ASPCA offers free, high-quality spay/neuter surgeries at our clinic exclusively for South Los Angeles cats and dogs. The clinic is staffed with professionally trained, fully licensed veterinarians and technicians. Our teams follow guidelines established by the Association of Shelter Veterinarians.
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Located next door to the L.A. City Chesterfield Square Animal Services Center.
Monday - Friday, 7:00 A.M. - 4:00 P.M.
- Patient intake begins at 7:00 A.M and discharge is the same day between 2:30 P.M. - 3:30 P.M. The intake process could take approximately an hour, so please plan accordingly.
- Pet rabbits are accepted but spaces are limited. Email [email protected] for more information.
All spay/neuter services are fully subsidized if you meet the ASPCA’s eligibility criteria above. We request that all clients apply online for a Free Spay/Neuter Certificate from the City of Los Angeles.
- Your Free Spay/Neuter Certificate from the City of Los Angeles.
- Photo identification showing you are 18 years of age or older.
- Proof of residence in one of the eligible zip codes serviced by our clinic (this may be a utility bill or other piece of mail)
Please note – we only provide additional services to animals who are undergoing spay/neuter procedures.
- Rabies vaccine (If your pet is up to date, please bring vaccine records with you)
- FVRCP vaccine for cats; DA2PP vaccine for dogs
- Nail trim
- Small tattoo, placed close to the incision site to indicate the animal is spayed/neutered
- E-collar (plastic pet cone to prevent your pet from licking their incision)
In order to help us continue to serve pets in need, we ask that clients who have recently traveled to an area or country with high community level transmission of COVID-19, had any exposure to symptomatic or confirmed positive cases of COVID-19, are confirmed positive themselves, or are feeling ill, to please have another caregiver/family member bring your pet or wait until a later date.
All animals will be examined by a veterinarian to determine if they appear healthy and can undergo surgery. The ASPCA Spay/Neuter Clinic generally accepts:
- Cats and dogs between 8 weeks old and 5 years old
- Puppies and kittens who are at least 8 weeks old and weigh at least 2 pounds
- Female dogs and cats in heat
- Pregnant cats and dogs, depending on the health of the animal and term of pregnancy
- Male and female rabbits who are at least 4 months old
- Male rabbits should have both testicles descended – if you are unsure, our staff can assist
Certain animals may be accepted on a case-by-case basis, depending on the outcome of the veterinary examination:
- Female dogs and cats who are nursing puppies and kittens (it is ideal to wait to spay a mother until 1 month after she weans her litter)
- Male animals with only one testicle
- Animals between 6 and 7 years old
- Short-nosed (brachycephalic) breeds, such as Bulldogs, Pugs or Persian cats
The ASPCA Spay/Neuter Clinic will NOT accept:
- Ferrets, hamsters, or any animal who are not a cat, dog, or rabbit
- Unhealthy animals or those with contagious illnesses (animals should not be coughing or sneezing, and should not have watery eyes, runny noses, or any other signs of illness)
- Doberman Pinschers without proof of a normal blood work test for Von Willebrand factor, a blood clotting protein
- Community cats in traps
The ASPCA encourages Los Angeles residents to spay/neuter all household cats and dogs. Residents are welcome to bring all pets in the household to the ASPCA Spay/Neuter Clinic, but due to high demand for services, a policy of two pets maximum per household per clinic day may be applied.
- Animals younger than 4 months old should eat a small meal at about 6:00 A.M. on the morning of surgery
- Animals older than 4 months should have food removed at midnight prior to surgery
- Do not withhold water at any time
- Bring cats in safe and secure carriers; only 1 cat per carrier, if possible
- Bring dogs on leashes
- If you do not have a leash or carrier, please leave your pet in the car and request one from our greeter
When your dog or cat is discharged from the ASPCA Spay/Neuter Clinic, we’ll provide you with instructions for post-operative care. You can also download them here: Dog - English Version (PDF) | Cat - English Version (PDF) | Rabbit - English Version (PDF) | Spanish Version (PDF)
Please consult FixNation.org or StrayCatAlliance.org for information about TNRM in Los Angeles. The ASPCA currently offers free, high-quality spay/neuter for cats and dogs, including community cats, in the City of El Monte living within the 91732 zip code. For more information on the ASPCA’s services in El Monte, visit aspca.org/ElMonte.