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Spay/Neuter Your Pet

  • 9 out of 10 dogs born NEVER find a permanent home!
  • 11 out of 12 cats born NEVER find a permanent home!
  • Over 150,000 dogs and cats are DESTROYED each year in L.A. County!
  • There are LOW-COST and FREE programs for fixing your pet!


Pet overpopulation is a serious problem. There simply aren't enough homes for all these animals. Help us to reduce the number of unwanted pets and end their suffering. If your pet is not spayed/neutered, here are some programs you can select.

Discount Spay/Neuter Discount Coupons

If you are a Los Angeles City resident you qualify to receive a discount coupon for $30.00 off the cost off spaying or neutering your dog or cat at participating vets.

Due to the LAAS Budget constraints and high demand at the shelters, we are unable to obtain any new coupon books for spay/neuter programs at this time.

Los Angeles residents can go to their local City Shelter and obtain a coupon from the LAAS (Los Angeles Animal Services). We are hopeful that we can restart our spay/neuter program again in July 2009 (beginning of the new fiscal year). We are sorry for the inconvenience.


Seniors and Pets
Senior Citizen in Los Angeles can spay/neuter their pets for free. You can qualify for the Senior Citizen Free Spay and Neuter Program, if all of the following conditions are met:

  • Be 62 years of age or older
  • Be a resident of the city of Los Angeles 
  • Your entire household net income must be less than $20,150 per year 

If you qualify, please complete the Senior Citizen Authorization Form, sign it and have an Animal Services employee verify the information. After verification, it will be signed and dated and returned to you. You will be given a copy of the listing of participating veterinarians. Only those veterinarians on the listing are authorized to perform the sterilization surgery. Select one and make an appointment for the surgery. At the time of the appointment, please present the signed authorization form to the veterinarian.

Please refer any questions to your local City of Los Angeles Animal Care and control center at (888) 4LAPET1 or (888) 452-7381 or (213) 473-7555. 

You can also visit "Senior Licenses" for information on the free service for senior citizens who live in Los Angeles City.

Spay/Neuter Myths

Many myths surround spaying and neutering. Unfortunately, these myths often discourage people from having the surgery performed on their animals. It is critical that we fight these misconceptions with the facts. The lives of dogs and cats depend on it!



  1. Preventing Animals From Having Litters Is Unnatural
  1. We've already interfered with nature by domesticating dogs and cats. In doing so we helped create dog and cat overpopulation. We must now take responsibility for solving it.
  1. It Is Better To Allow Your Female To Have One Litter Before She Is Spayed
  1. The best time to spay your female is before her estrous cycle. Early spaying (as young as 8 weeks) greatly reduces the incidence of mammary tumors and prevents other health problems.
  1. A Female Dog Or Cat Only Comes Into Heat Once A Year
  1. Female dogs come into heat twice a year and female cats can come into heat three times a year. Cats are spontaneous ovulators, meaning the female does not go out of heat until she is bred. This assures fertile mating, and also explains why we have such a serious overpopulation of cats. Cats can actually become pregnant while nursing their young.
  1. An Animal's Behavior Is Adversely Affected By Surgery
  1. The only changes in behavior are positive ones. Male cats tend to reduce territorial spraying, depending upon their age at neutering. Neutered dogs and cats fight less, resulting in fewer battle scars, contagious diseases and abscesses. Males also wander less because they aren't as interested in pursuing females in heat. Also, freed of the urge to mate, dogs and cats tend to be more content and calmer. Neutered pets are easier to live with.
  1. Animals Become Fat and Lazy After Spaying Or Neutering.
  1. In some dogs and cats appetite does increase following the surgery. However, guardians over-feeding them, and not providing enough exercise usually cause weight gain.
  1. We Don't Need To Neuter Males, Because They Aren't The Ones Having The Litters.
  1. It takes two to tango. In fact, an unaltered male can be responsible for impregnating dozens of females. 
  1. Female Dogs And Cats That Are Pregnant Or In Heat, Cannot Be Safely Spayed.
  1. Many dogs and cats are spayed while pregnant, to prevent the birth of puppies or kittens. Most vets will spay female cats while they are in heat, and some will spay female dogs while in heat.
  1. Spaying/Neutering Is Too Expensive.
  1. Spay/Neuter saves money! The cost is generally less than most major surgeries, such as the vet care required to repair animal fight injuries, or preventable cancers. This is especially true of young healthy animals. Many areas have low-cost spay/neuter clinics or programs in which vets perform spaying/neutering at a reduced fee.

Altering your male and female pets will decrease roaming, running away and help prevent unwanted pregnancies. You animal's temperament generally improves with neutering and neutering will prevent the marking of territory with urine. The incidence of breast cancer in females and prostrate cancer in males is decreased when you spay/neuter your pets.

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