Los Angeles County Animal Care Foundation
A three-day Spay-a-Thon sponsored by the Cities of Lancaster and Palmdale and Actors & Others for Animals, resulted in the sterilization of 76 dogs and 96 cats for the cost of only $10 each.
Phone lines were busy from the date of announcement and every available appointment was filled in advance.
"We are grateful that pet owners in this area were so responsive to this opportunity and regret that space constraints did not allow us to accommodate all those who called," said K. "Beau" Beauregard, manager of the Lancaster Animal Shelter.
Palm Plaza Veterinary Hospital located in Palmdale generously donated a full day of veterinary services to sterilize and vaccinate the pets of local low-income residents at the reduced cost. The spay/neuter clinic at the LA County Lancaster Animal Shelter provided the same services over the weekend, and Western University conducted a full-day clinic to alter feral cats in their mobile clinic stationed at the shelter.
The weekend event was coordinated in an effort to reduce the thousands of unwanted puppies and kittens that are born each year in the Antelope Valley and are subsequently impounded at the Lancaster shelter. The Los Angeles County Animal Care Foundation, the charitable arm of the county's Animal Care & Control Department, and the local chapter of Pet Assistance Foundation, a non-profit animal welfare organization that provides subsidies for spaying and neutering of cats and dogs sponsored the event.
Those involved in this community effort were gratified by the widespread, overwhelming response to a low-cost event and the positive participation by responsible pet owners who wanted to be part of the solution, not part of the problem. Every cage was filled with a beloved pet that will now enjoy the health and behavioral benefits of the safe procedure. Pets were released back to their families within a few hours after surgery. Participant pets are relieved of the possibility of producing unwanted offspring for the rest of their lives.