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Veterinary Public Health Program
313 N Figueroa St. Rm 1127
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Tel (213) 989-7060
Tel: (877) 747-2243
Fax (213) 481-2375
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The 2020 Healthy Pets, Healthy Families Initiative

Spay & Neuter




Spaying (in females) and neutering (in males) means sterilization of pets so that they can't have babies. Spayed or neutered pets live normal lives and there is scientific evidence that they live longer and may experience other health benefits.1 Spaying/neutering pets can help resolve the large pet overpopulation in Los Angeles County (LAC). There is a large number of stray dogs and cats in our county and local animal shelters can be overwhelmed by the sheer numbers of unwanted animals entering their facilities daily.


Facts about spaying/neutering in LAC:


  • Most pet owners believe that spaying/neutering pets is a good idea, however not all of them have their pets sterilized2

  • There is an estimated 1.5-4 million feral or stray cats in LAC3

  • During 2010, about 110,833 unwanted dogs entered LAC animal shelters4

  • Most dogs and cats found in animal shelters are intact (not spayed/neutered)

  • Spaying/neutering cats and dogs can reduce chances of:

    • Biting5

    • Roaming and being hit by a car

    • Some diseases like cancer or infections6

What can people do to promote spaying/neutering in LAC:

  • Spay and neuter your pets!

    • Talk to your veterinarian about the procedure - this may include bloodwork before surgery and advanced anesthesia monitoring techniques to ensure your pet is healthy before and during surgery

    • Ask your local animal shelter about low cost spaying & neutering options in your area

  • Keep pets confined to your property - allowing intact pets to roam means you may end up with unwanted puppies or kittens


What Veterinary Public Health (VPH) and our partners do to increase the numbers of spayed/neutered pets in LAC:


VPH wants to make sure that every pet owner has access to spay or neuter services, especially in areas where stray animals are most often seen. One way to reach this goal is workingwith our 2020 Healthy Pets Healthy Families (HPHF) partners such as animal shelters or non-governmental organizations (NGO) to provide community events where dogs and cats can be sterilized.

More useful information about spay & neuter:

Low cost spay & neuter in LA (Found Animals Foundation)


YouTube video - Spaying and Neutering: The Responsible Thing to Do (American Veterinary Medical Association [AVMA])

Last updated: 10/28/2013

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