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.
Located next door to the L.A. City Chesterfield Square Animal Services Center.
Tuesday - Saturday, 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 appointments are limited. Email [email protected] to request an appointment for your pet rabbit. Include your name, telephone number, home address, preferred day of week and rabbit age and weight (if known). We will respond to your request within 3 business days.
- Before calling us to make an appointment, please apply online for a Free Spay/Neuter Certificate from the City of Los Angeles.
- Once you have obtained your certificate, please call 844-MY-ASPCA to inquire about an appointment. Call lines are open Monday through Friday between the hours of 9:00 A.M. and 5:00 P.M. PST.
While all of our services are fully subsidized and are provided at no cost to South L.A. residents, we request that all clients apply online for a Free Spay/Neuter Certificate from the City of Los Angeles. If you are unable to obtain a certificate, please inquire about the voucher by asking an ASPCA representative.
- 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)
Safety measures and social distancing guidelines are in place. Masks are required for the duration of your appointment. In order to help us continue to serve pets in need, we ask that pet parents who have recently traveled to a high-risk state or country, had any exposure to symptomatic or confirmed positive cases of COVID-19, are confirmed positive themselves, or are feeling ill, to please reschedule your appointment or have another caregiver/family member bring your pet in for their appointment.
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 carriers with 1 cat per carrier
- 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)