ASPCA Hosts First Free Clinic in South L.A.
They arrived on leashes, in crates, and even in shopping carts. Mastiffs and Malteses, bulldogs and boxers, pit bulls and poodles. From the tiniest teacup Chihuahuas to giant German Shepherds—and even a handful of felines.
More than 300 pets were vaccinated at the ASPCA’s first-ever free clinic at Green Meadows Park on E. 89th and San Pedro Streets in South Los Angeles on Saturday.
In addition to free vaccines, the ASPCA offered free rabies tags and doses of flea and tick preventive, and made appointments for free spay/neuter surgeries for 90 cats and dogs in the coming week at its brand-new, fully-subsidized spay/neuter clinic, located at the South L.A. Animal Care Center.
Magaly Guevara, who lives nearby, arrived at 7 a.m. with her six Chihuahua/terrier mixes in tow: Trouble, Peluche, Quinn, Millhouse, Wednesday and Ladybird. As Dr. Katie Marrie administered shots, Trouble flinched—twice. “She’s a real drama queen,” Magaly admitted.
Andrea Ortiz and her daughters, Tatiana, 6, and Andrea, 12, carried their Chihuahua puppies, Princess and Cloud. Andrea’s mother-in-law Olga Jarquin’s three Chihuahua mixes rested comfortably in a shopping cart.
Arthur Starks, with his two-year-old, black-and-white pit bull Arthur Jr. (A.J. for short), was grateful for the free vaccines. “A.J. is my one and only,” he said, rattling off the pooch’s many nicknames, which include Pop and Daddy. “He deserves the best.”
Earlier this year, the ASPCA announced a $25 million, multi-year commitment to save the lives of animals in the greater Los Angeles metropolitan area.
Patrick Hunter, who lives in the area, knows this all too well. His dogs Red and Roxy were beneficiaries of the ASPCA’s free services over the summer, and he has since signed up to volunteer. “The ASPCA really helped me out when I needed it,” says Patrick, a cook at a local hospital. On this beautiful fall day, he was distributing free leashes and collars to pet owners in attendance.
Luis Vargas’s pit bulls, Boo Boo and Sky, were the last to be vaccinated. “I just got home from work,” said Luis, who is employed at a nearby supermarket. “My mother-in-law told me about this and said ‘you should take your dogs.’” Boo Boo and Sky made it just in time. To learn more about our work in LA, please read our recent cover story in ASPCA Action.