Could you imagine having to give up your beloved pet because you can’t afford to sterilize or sterilize it?
Sadly, in underserved communities in and around the greater Los Angeles area, the biggest barriers to pet sterilization and sterilization—which is essential to prevent animal roaming, suffering, and unnecessary euthanasia—are largely due to issues of economics and geography.
These neighborhoods are often “resource deserts” where animal-friendly resources are hard to find, hard to reach, and often unaffordable. As a result, many families have to decide whether to pay for preventive pet care or pay rent.
But if keeping animals alive, outside shelters and in homes are priority goals, then helping owners achieve them should be a priority. That means bringing our best efforts to the communities that desperately need them, providing accessible and affordable resources, and engaging residents directly.
That’s what Spay Day-tomorrow, February 24-is all about. But to be successful, we need to maintain that level of commitment every day.
Last year, with the help of our local partners in the rescue and shelter community, we opened a sterilization /sterilization clinic in south Los Angeles to significantly expand access to fully subsidized sterilization /sterilization surgery in the region. To date, we have performed more than 4,000 subsidized pet sterilization /sterilization operations at our facility in Chesterfield Square.
Meanwhile, our” safety net ” program, in partnership with Los Angeles County, has organized more than 700 pet sterilization /sterilization operations at risk of being turned over to the Baldwin Park and Downey shelter, which is partially subsidized by funding from the Los Angeles County Animal Care Foundation.
We’ve also distributed more than million in subsidies to animal welfare organizations and partners in Los Angeles, including Downtown Dog Rescue, which regularly hosts sterilization /sterilization events in Compton, and the Amanda Foundation, which rescues hard – to-adopt animals at shelters across the city and county of Los Angeles, and runs a “spaymobile” throughout the city.
Roaming pets is a problem that requires compassionate and purposeful solutions. With around 7.5 million pets coming to shelters across the country every year, it’s important that we strive to make preventive services accessible and available to families—including pets—who need them most.