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Spay / Neuter Assistance

Why Spay or Neuter? | What Happens During Surgery? | How to Get Help

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It’s the Only Solution to Pet Overpopulation

PuppySimply stated, pet overpopulation means that there are more dogs and cats than available, permanent homes.  In the greater Los Angeles area, thousands upon thousands of dogs and cats end up in animal shelters each year and are killed for lack of space and lack of existing homes.

Many times we tend to blame the animal shelters, but pet overpopulation is a community problem. It is caused by uncontrolled breeding.  And there is a simple solution – be a responsible pet guardian and make sure that all of your pets and those of family and friends are spayed or neutered. And don’t forget the rabbits!

Actors and Others Benefits of Spay/NeuterIt is Good for Your Pet

The chances are greatly reduced that your pet will get a number of serious, life threatening and expensive health problems such as uterine, breast or testicular cancer.  Prostate problems are also more common in unneutered males. It also eliminates pyrometra, a very severe infection of the uterus that if not treated in a timely manner leads to death.  In addition, it reduces certain troublesome behaviors such as roaming, spraying and aggression.

It is Good for You

In the City of Los Angeles and many surrounding areas, sterilizing your pet is the law and animal shelters must spay or neuter an adopted pet prior to release.  In addition, guardians of spayed or neutered dogs pay a much lower dog license.  Your female dog will not have a heat cycle which can last as much as 21 days during which time your dog will have a menstrual cycle.  And you won’t have an “accidental litter” of puppies or kittens that will depend upon you for their care and to find them loving, permanent homes.

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What Exactly Is a Spay or Neuter?

During a spay/neuter or sterilization surgery, a veterinarian removes the reproductive organs.  Pets can be spayed or neutered as young as 8 weeks of age and should be done before they reach sexual maturity.  Spaying before the first heat provides a near zero chance of developing mammary cancer.

It is important to follow the veterinarian’s instructions.  No food or water should be given to your pet for at least 8 hours prior to surgery, and activity should be restricted for several days.  Elizabethan or “E” collars may be needed to stop the licking of the incision area.

For those of you interested in seeing an actual surgery,
please click and watch one of the video selections below.

These surgeries were performed by Dr. W. Marvin Mackie, who opened his Animal Control low-cost spay/neuter clinics in the 1980’s.  At that time less than 10% of all pet dogs and 1% of pet cats were sterilized.  Dr. Mackie focused on providing safe, high-volume surgical sterilizations including the introduction of what is now referred to as early age sterilization.  These videos are of actual surgeries and are provided for information only.  Surgery techniques may differ depending upon the veterinarian’s preferences. No one who is not FULLY qualified as a doctor in veterinary medicine should attempt to perform these surgical procedures on any animal under any circumstances.

WARNING: Graphic surgery footage!
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Actors and Others for Animals is a Southern California community based organization serving individuals living on a low or fixed income residing in Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, Riverside and Ventura counties. If you live outside of this region, we regrettably are unable to help you.

For a list of affordable spay/neuter services throughout California, check out our web-based referral service at
Spay California


You Must Call Personally

Because of the nature of our assistance and the sheer volume of requests we receive daily, all those seeking help must call personally and speak to one of our helpline counselors.

Our telephone numbers are:

(818) 755-6045
(818) 755-6323

HOURS: Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.


Spay and Neuter Assistance

We Do Not Pay for the Entire Surgery

If you qualify for assistance, you will be directed to a low cost veterinarian in your area who has agreed to work with us to offer lower costs and provided with a financial pledge to help pay for the surgery.  Except for special programs, we do not pay for the entire cost.

If your female pet is in heat or pregnant, the cost of the surgery may be higher as well as if your male pet has an undescended testicle and you will be responsible for the additional fee.  This means that the absent testicle could be under the skin or inside the abdomen and the veterinarian will have to find it.

We do not provide assistance if you call on the day you bring your animal to the veterinarian.  You must be sure to call at least a few days prior to surgery.  Due to the uncertainty in trapping feral cats, we will make same day pledges for them.  In addition, we are unable to make personal reimbursements or provide financial help after the surgery has been completed.

Spay KittyVaccinations and Other Services are the Responsibility of the Pet Guardian

We only provide assistance for the basic spay/neuter surgery.  You or the veterinarian may require or request additional services.  You will need to pay for such services.  As a responsible pet guardian, it is your duty to make sure that your pet is current with all necessary vaccinations.  Such vaccinations provide a barrier to many diseases.  Many veterinarians require vaccinations prior to surgery.   Please contact your local Petco or PetSmart stores for a schedule of low cost vaccination clinics in their stores.

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We provide low cost veterinary referrals, which should not be construed as an endorsement of any kind. We do not endorse, recommend or promote any one veterinarian over another. The ultimate decision and agreement to retain the services of the veterinarian we refer you to is your sole responsibility as the animal guardian.