Paws For Life Resources

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SNPLA (Spay/Neuter Project LA)
Previously "Clinico" Low cost. Locations in Van Nuys, Pico Rivera, and San Pedro Call 888-WE-SPAY-LA (888.937.7295) or visit

Low cost. Financial assistance may be available. Call 323.730.5303 or visit

Low cost. Free for pit bulls and pit mixes. Call 626.792.7151 or visit

Low cost. Located in Oxnard (Ventura County). Call 805.278.4433 or visit

Low cost clinic located in Simi Valley 805.584.3823 or visit

Free spay or neuter services for residents of the city of L.A. Located at the South LA Animal Care Center, 1850 West 60th Street, Los Angeles, 90047; Clinic operates Tuesday through Saturday and accepts dogs and cats on a first-come, first-served basis beginning at 7:00 A.M PT.

Pit Bull Myths and Facts

Pit Bull myths and facts - Inform your decision before declaring your position
Pit bull ownership has been a hotly debated topic in recent years. The pit bull, at one time bred for fighting, has consequently become notorious for vicious attacks, thus encouraging many cities and counties to elect and enforce breed-specific legislation (BSL) that essentially bans pit bulls. In response to these breed-specific laws, pit bull owners are speaking out, claiming biased media attention and irresponsible ownership is to blame for the public's negative view on this beloved family pet.

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Mobile Clinics

*FREE* Must meet income requirement. Call 888-FIX-PETT (888.349.7388) or visit or

*FREE* Must meet income requirement. Call 888-DOG-SPAY (888.364.7729) or visit

SPAY-4-LA (LA City-South LA area)
*FREE* Must meet income requirement. Call 888-SPAY-4-LA (888.772.9452) or visit

Low cost.Call 888-504-SPAY (888.504.7729) or visit

Other Resources

CALL 800-SPAY-4-LA (800.772.9452)
For general information.

Has a spay/neuter helpline to locate an affordable clinic near you. Call 818.755.6045 or visit

Database of low cost services by county.

Has coupons available to help with cost of spay/neuter. Call 888.452.7381 or visit

Frequently Asked Questions About Spaying & Neutering

Note: Paws For Life will spay or neuter any dog 40lbs and over free no questions asked - no zip code needed.

Why spaying or neutering?

Shelter euthanasia is the number one killer of companion animals. Spaying and neutering is the only way to reduce or eliminate that.

It’s also better for your pet’s health. And it’s better for you because it will make your life easier if your pet is spayed or neutered. Animals can be miserable -- and make you miserable -- when they are in heat. And then there’s always the problem of what to do with the puppies.

Shouldn’t I let my dog have a litter before I spay her?

No. Absolutely not. All the medical evidence suggests a dog should be spayed before her first heat. It’s much easier for her then because it’s a much easier surgery at that time.

And the problem with letting your dog have a litter is you’ve just instantly contributed to the pet overpopulation problem. Now you have to find homes for all those puppies. And for each home you find, there’s one less home for a dog that was already born. Plus, you can’t be responsible for what the new owners do. So unless you spay or neuter all the puppies before placing them, the new owners may let their dog breed as well. Now you’ve added even more dogs to the pet overpopulation problem.

Don’t dogs get fat once you spay or neuter them?

Dogs, just like people, get fat when they eat too much and don’t get enough exercise. And that’s something you can control. You can use portion control and take your dog for a walk.

My dog is a guard dog. If I spay or neuter him, will that stop him from protecting my house?

Spaying or neutering is not going to affect your dog’s desire or ability to protect your home or protect you. Guard dogs are trained to be guard dogs. Their behavior is a function of genetics or instinct, environment, and training.

Many, many police canine units spay or neuter their dogs. There’s no correlation between spaying or neutering an animal and its ability to protect you.

But people also need to understand that unless their dog has been trained to be a guard dog, it isn’t a guard dog. Most dogs are naturally protective, but if you truly need a dog for protection, and your dog isn’t trained, you’re at risk.

Will my dog stop running away from home if I neuter him?

You really should keep your dog confined. But neutering certainly does decrease the instinct to roam. That’s because unneutered dogs are constantly seeking to match up with unspayed females. It also will decrease your dog’s urge to escape your home or escape your fence. But in this day and age, there’s no reason to allow a dog to freely roam the streets. It’s dangerous.

My dog leaves marks all over my house. If I neuter him, will that stop?

Neutering a dog will decrease and could eliminate that kind of marking, which is a territorial behavior. That’s what they’re doing; they’re marking their territory to ward off other male dogs that could come into it and get their female. Neutering may eliminate the problem. But there also could be other health issues or behavioral issues involved at this point. So, it’s a really good argument for neutering early, before the animal reaches sexual maturity and the marking behavior has become habit.

Will spaying or neutering my dog prevent future illnesses?

Yes, absolutely. In females, it greatly decreases mammarian cancer and completely eliminates uterine cancers and diseases. In males, it eliminates testicular cancers or diseases and can lower the risk of prostate cancer. Generally, spayed and neutered pets live longer, happier lives.