Free Spay and Neuter
The Love Leo Spay and Neuter Project:
Every 13 seconds, a dog or cat is euthanized in an animal shelter in the US. That equates to approximately 2.4 million healthy and adoptable companion animals being euthanized annually (American Humane Society 2016). It’s a deadly case of supply and demand: there are too many adoptable pets and not enough good homes for them.
The problem of unwanted pets and overcrowded shelters must be addressed before it hits the shelter’s front door. The goal of our program is to provide FREE spay and neuter to pet owners who cannot otherwise afford these surgeries. By helping the community spay and neuter their pets we are preventing “unwanted” litters from being born. Through our spay and neuter program, we will ultimately lower the number of dogs and cats that are euthanized in our local shelters.
Love Leo trained with the Humane Society’s Pets for Life Program to study the most effective way to reduce pet overpopulation. Our program specifically targets South El Monte. This is an area of Southern California which is notorious for the number of stray animals in the roaming the streets. South El Monte is a low income neighborhood with limited resources and no free spay/neuter clinics. In addition to spay and neuter services, Love Leo will offer low cost vaccines and microchips.
Love Leo trained with the Humane Society’s Pets for Life program to study the most effective way to be target clients in our service area. We reach out to prospective clients, schedule and confirm appointments, and provide a follow up call to check in on the recovery process.
VACCINES and MICROCHIPS:
In addition to free spay and neuter we provide low cost vaccines and microchips. An un-vaccinated dog is vulnerable to many diseases such as parvo and distemper. These diseases are expensive to treat and often fatal if untreated. For roughly $15 – we can vaccinate these dogs – keeping pets in this program healthy and prevent them from spreading disease. If the client able unable to pay for chips or vaccines – Love Leo will cover that cost as well.
Love Leo has partnered with Spay4LA to be the provider of our spay and neuter services. The Spay4LA truck is fully equipped with everything Love Leo needs for a one day clinic (e.g. licensed veterinary and vet techs, surgery room, medicines and recovery space). The cost of the clinic is $3,300 and up to 35 animals can spayed and neutered in one afternoon.
To date, our program has spayed and neutered 279 cats and dogs. We have completed 13 clinics and look forward to many more years of providing help to our dog and cat owners of greater LA. By providing this preventative, solution-based program – we can improve the lives of animals – and the people who love them.
HOW MANY UNWANTED DOGS OR CATS NOT BORN
These numbers assume that only 1/2 of the animals fixed by LLR would have birthed 6 puppies or kittens every 2 years. And than only half of their offspring would have produce 6 puppies or kittens every other year. And so on, and so on…This is a middle of the road conservative estimate.