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Veterinary Public Health Program
313 N Figueroa St. Rm 1127
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Tel (213) 989-7060
Fax (213) 481-2375
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Healthy Pets Healthy Families - Spay & Neuter

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Spaying (in females) and neutering (in males) means sterilization of pets so that they can't have babies. There is scientific evidence that spayed and neutered pets live longer and may experience other health benefits.


Spaying/neutering pets can help resolve the large pet overpopulation in Los Angeles County. 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 LA County



What can people do to promote spaying/neutering in LA County


  • 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 the HPHF coalition does to promote spaying/neutering in LA County


The HPHF coalition wants to ensure that every pet owner has access to spay or neuter services, especially in areas where stray animals are most often seen.


Pet expos and services. Working with local partners, HPHF organizes or participates in events where community members are able to access low-cost and free pet preventive services such as spay/neuter, vaccinations and more. Attendees also get connected to local resources for continued care for their pets.


More useful information about spay & neuter



Last updated: September 28, 2017

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