Los Angeles Spay & Neuter LAWS

from http://www.laanimalservices.com/laws-policies/spayneuter-ordinance

Spay/Neuter is Required for Cats and Dogs in Los Angeles City*
*With some Special Exemptions
On February 12, 2008, the City Council of Los Angeles gave final approval to a new law that requires all cats and dogs in the City to be spayed or neutered after the age of four months, with some specific exemptions allowed. The Mayor signed this ordinance on February 26, 2008, making Los Angeles the national leader in efforts to humanely decrease the number of pets abandoned and euthanized each year.

Why Spay/Neuter is Good for Our City
Spaying and Neutering are humane and life affirming means of ending euthanasia of healthy, adoptable pets. The new law will move Los Angeles towards being the most humane city in America by educating pet owners to be more responsible, making our streets safer, reducing the number of animals killed each year in our animal shelters, and allowing us to more effectively use our resources. The spay/neuter law will be a tool for Animal Services to hold accountable those pet owners whose irresponsibility threatens public safety and fills our animal shelters with unwanted dogs and cats.

Key Facts About the New Spay/Neuter Law

  • Effective since October 1, 2008.
  • Applies to all dogs and cats over four months of age, unless exempted. (See “Exemptions” Link.)
  • Violations are subject to three levels of increasing fines, starting at $100, to urge compliance.
  • Upon the second violation, animals are subject to mandatory sterilization
  • After multiple violations, non-compliance is a misdemeanor.
  • Maintaining an intact dog requires both meeting the requirements for an exemption AND obtaining an intact license.

Exemptions to the Spay/Neuter Requirement

  • Is a breed approved by and registered with a registry or association which, at a minimum, requires identification of the breed, date of birth, names of registered sire and dam, the name of breeder, and record-keeping relating to breeding, transfer of ownership and death, and does or will actively show or compete.
  • Has earned or is in the process of earning a special title (i.e. agility, herding).
  • Is used as or in training to be a guide, signal, or service dog.
  • Is a dog trained, or in training, for use in law enforcement, military or rescue activities.
  • Has a letter and documentation from a licensed veterinarian certifying that the animal should be temporarily or permanently deferred due to age or health.
  • Has a valid breeding permit issued to the owner pursuant to existing City ordinance. Additionally, all intact dogs must have an intact dog license from the City.

Additionally, all intact dogs must have an intact dog license from the City.

Free Spay & Neuter Certificates (vouchers) and reduced fee Spay & Neuter Coupons are available for Los Angeles City residents. Each household is eligible for discounts for 3 dogs and 3 cats.The Free Spay & Neuter Certificate covers the full cost of a companion animal’s sterilization at participating veterinary hospitals, spay/neuter clinics and participating mobile spay/neuter vans. Feral cats and stray dogs do not qualify for this program.

 

The $30 discount voucher is available for any LA City resident as a discount coupon towards spay/neuter at participating veterinary hospitals, spay/neuter clinics and participating mobile spay/neuter vans.

 

Free Spay & Neuter Certificate Qualifications

Participating Veterinary Hospital Listing

If you do not receive the Dept. of Water & Power Lifeline Benefit, please use the following link(s)

English/Spanish to Low-Income Benefit Application for alternate qualifications and Spay/Neuter

information.

 

Free surgeries are available through a mobile Neuter Van, which rotates throughout Los Angeles.

Surgeries are scheduled in advance by appointment and are available to low-income households.

 

Please contact L.A. Animal Services at 888 349-7388 for the schedule.

For policies regarding spay and neuter please view the Spay/Neuter Ordinance

 

Spay & Neuter Resources

 

The Amanda Foundation

The Amanda Foundation Mobile Clinic offers free spay and neuter services for dogs and cats to people who qualify. The mobile clinic operates by appointment only. Please call to schedule an appointment at 888-FIX-PETT (888-349-7388).Go to The Amanda foundation for this months schedule: Amanda Foundation Schedule

 

The Lucy Pet Foundation
The Lucy Pet Foundation Mobile Clinic offers free spay and neuter services for dogs and cats of qualified City of Los Angeles residents. They also offer low cost vaccines, licensing, deworming,  x microchipping and other services. To find out if you qualify or to make an appointment, please call 1-855-499-5829 or email info@lucypetfoundation.org.View The Lucy Pet Foundation Mobile Clinic Schedule.

 

The Sam Simon Foundation
The Sam Simon Foundation’s mobile veterinary clinic offers a variety of free surgeries for cats and dogs belonging to families that earn less than $40,000 per year. Aside from doing high-volume spays & neuters once a week, it also performs mass removals, amputations, bladder stone removals, eye removals, entropion repair, inguinal hernia repair, and more.

For more information, including a list of surgeries that it does and doesn’t do, you may visit www.ssfmobileclinic.org.

*Please note that this is strictly a surgery clinic, and does not offer general exams or perform diagnostics.

To request a free spay/neuter surgery, send an email request to: requests@ssfmobileclinic.org (requests for spays & neuters can only be made via email).

To request a free surgery that is not a spay/neuter, either send an email to clinic@samsimonfoundation.org, or leave a message at 1-888-364-7729.

SPAY4LA
The SPAY4LA mobile clinic operates in South Los Angeles and offers free spay & neuter service for cats and dogs of zip codes (90003, 90011, 90018, 90037, 90044, 90047, and 90062). The clinic operates by appointment only.

If you don’t live in one of the zip codes above but still live in South LA, you may still qualify for a free spay/neuter through the city voucher program. You must be a resident of the city of Los Angeles and participate in a low-income program.

Low-cost vaccines and microchips available to spayed and neutered pets.
Call 1-888-SPAY-4-LA (772-9452) or email s.sagastume@spay4la.org (Hablamos Español).

Spay/Neuter Clinics at our Animal Shelters

Our Animal Shelters have on-site spay/neuter clinics available to sterilize your newly-adopted companion animal or your current companion. Four of the clinics are open for business, and the Department hopes to open all clinics in the near future. The clinics are independently operated; please contact the clinic operator directly for questions about spaying or neutering your companion animal and related services.

 

South Los Angeles Spay/Neuter Clinic
Operated by ASPCA
1850 W 60th St
Los Angeles, CA 90047
(855) SPAY-SLA (772-9752)

 

West Los Angeles Spay/Neuter Clinic
Operated by Shelter Vet (a dba of Value Vet, Inc.)
11361 W Pico Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90064
(310) 473-4295

Provides sterilizations for adopted companion animals as well as companion animals brought in by the public. Also offers a full range of other veterinary services to the public. Discounted prices offered on Monthly Community Spay/Neuter Day. Call the clinic directly for more information.

Harbor Spay/Neuter Clinic
Operated by SNPLA
957 N. Gaffey St
San Pedro, CA 90731
(310) 574-5555 or (888) 937-7295

Provides sterilizations for companion animals brought in by the public and adopted companion animals. Also offers other common veterinary services to the public, such as vaccinations, deworming, etc., with each sterilization. Call the clinic directly for more information.
Harbor free spay/neuter promo

East Valley Spay/Neuter Clinic
Operated by SNPLA
14409 Vanowen St
Van Nuys, CA 91405
(310) 574-5555 or (888) 937-7295
Now accepting appointments! Call 1-888-WE-SPAY-LA (1-888-937-7295) for an appointment.

Provides sterilizations for companion animals brought in by the public and adopted companion animals. Also offers other common veterinary services to the public, such as vaccinations, deworming, etc., with each sterilization. Call the clinic directly for more information.
East Valley free spay/neuter promo

 

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