Perhaps one of the most frustrating parts of the pet over-population problem in L.A. is that it is 100% preventable! With some simple snips ‘n clips we could end the homeless dog and cat issue that’s overwhelming our city.
No matter how much us rescue groups do, we are fighting a problem that we inevitably have little control over as the dog and cat population is exponentially increasing. For every dog we rescue, 10 (really more than 10!) more enter the shelter (67,000 puppies can be born from a female dog and her offspring in seven years and 420,000 kittens from a female cat and her offspring in just six years). In order to combat this problem, to make “no more homeless pets” a reality we need for every individual to take accountability for their pets’ well-being and health by having them spayed/neutered.
There are no excuses to not have your dog or cat fixed. There are tons of resources available to help– the trick is knowing where to look. I am making this easy by laying out the low-cost (and often FREE) spay and neuter clinics in the Los Angeles area.
Spay and Neuter Project of Los Angeles
Call the above number to make an appointment at one of the SNP LA locations.
The Amanda Foundation’s SPAYMOBILE
Call the above number to find out the SPAYMOBILE schedule or visit their website to download the most recent PDF.
Best Friends Animal Society Los Angeles
If you have difficulty getting your dog and/or cat spayed/neutered after contacting any of the above resources, please contact me for further assistance: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Here are some statistics to help put this issue into perspective…
- Between 6 – 8 million dogs and cats are abandoned at shelters in the United States annually.
- 5 out of 10 shelter dogs and 7 out of 10 shelter cats are euthanized annually across the United States.
- 500,000 companion animals are euthanized every year in California.
- Each year, California taxpayers spend $250 million to shelter and euthanize dogs and cats state-wide.
- In 2009, Los Angeles County shelters took in 83,252 cats and dogs. Of that number 50,692 were euthanized.
- In 2009, Los Angeles City shelters took in 54,129 cats and dogs. Of that number 19,547 were euthanized.