There is a proposed Feral Cat Policy coming up for review on 11/4. Its purpose is to deal with the feral cat issue in many Los Angeles neighborhoods, but one of the more controversial proposals is the supply of food to feed the feral animals. Please read below – and if so inclined make your comments to the City by 11/4.
Your Pet’s License is its Ticket HomeGreat news for your dog! The Los Angeles Animal Services has a temporary amnesty on dog licenses till the end of March 2012—so get your pet licensed today! The amnesty is for dogs that were never licensed before or those whose licenses have lapsed. And now it’s even easier—visit www.laanimalservices.org and you can register your dog online. It’s a new feature and allows you to enter your pet’s information (rabies, sterilization, address) and you can get your pet current. License fees are $20 for sterilized animals and $100 for unsterilized (plus applicable breeder’s fees). AND 35% of your fees go to support spay neuter vouchers—helping to pay for the surgeries of animals whose owners cannot afford to get their animals fixed. “Licensing is a safety net for your pet. One in three pets will get lost at some point in their lifetime, and without proper identification, many of those pets are never reunited with their families. Licensing is one of the most effective ways to ensure that a lost pet will be safely and swiftly returned,” said Brenda Barnette, General Manager of the Department of Animal Services. Go to www.LApetlicense.com for more information.
Upcoming Vaccine Clinics in the area. Los Angeles Animal Services in conjunction with the County of Los Angeles Public Health have determined that several zip codes in the area (90018, 90062 and 90037) have the highest incidents of Parvo and Distemper in the Greater Los Angeles Area.To combat this, they’ve organized Vaccine Clinics, where residents will be able to get Free Vaccines and Free Spay or Neuter for their Dogs.
www.LApetlicense.com for more information.
We learned about a great organization/service offered to residents of the City of Los Angeles at the last MINC Stakeholder Meeting this month. It’s called Found Animals. They work to control the animal population in the city through spay-neuter and adoption services. They’re currently celebrating their Cat Days of Summer Adopt-A-Thon.
The really cool thing that I found out – and something that I think will appeal to many of you in Wellington Square dealing with the feral cat population – is that they offer FREE spay/neuter services on feral cats. Just trap any feral cat and take it to one of their Spay4LA Vans, and they’ll take care of the cat for free. The vans are conveniently located around Mid-City – and towards USC and Downtown.
For more information, check out their website.
LA Animal Services, with the help of its various spay/neuter partner organizations (including Found Animals Foundation, the Heigl Foundation, Clinico, the Amanda Foundation Best Friends Animal Society, Coalition for Pets and Public Safety and the Sam Simon Foundation), is making a big push to make spay/neuter surgeries more available and more affordable to Angelenos this month. Various parts of the city are being targeted for special attention and various special events and promotions are going on to get the attention of L.A.’s companion animal guardians.See the attached flyer promoting the effort. Please feel free to share with your lists, community contacts, your friends and family, and anyone else you think would benefit from seeing it. Some details are as follows: Free Surgery Weekend Feb 19-20
- Found Animals Foundation is sponsoring a weekend of FREE S/N for low income pet owners on Feb 19-20. They hope to do at least 450 free surgeries that weekend!
- Starting today, pet owners can request a free surgery online at http://bit.ly/hhnkUY or by calling 1-800-SPAY-4-LA and following the message instructions.
- Surgeries will be taking place at all three Clinic locations (including the Harbor and Van Nuys animal shelters) as well as the Spay4LA mobile unit operating in South LA.
- They’ll be scheduling appointments on a rolling basis between now and the weekend. For requests that they can’t accommodate over the weekend they will refer to the best match low-cost program.