DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES WELCOMES
FIRST LOW-COST SPAY & NEUTER VETERINARY CLINIC
Grand Opening Celebration Included Celebrity Activist & City Officials
Los Angeles City Councilwoman Jan Perry joined actress and animal activist Elaine Hendrix and other supporters to celebrate the first low-cost spay and neuter veterinary clinic to serve the downtown community. In front of the brand new state-of-the-art Downtown Spay/Neuter Plus veterinary clinic (DSN Plus), Councilwoman Perry applauded owner Dr. Alexander Taub for providing low-cost veterinary services in her district. She presented a certificate of recognition, and shared the ribbon-cutting ceremony with Elaine Hendrix. Puppies and kittens available for adoption on behalf of humane partner the Bark Avenue Foundation, were an emotional example of the importance to spay and neuter.
"I commend Dr. Taub and the entire Downtown Spay/Neuter Plus team for providing this important resource to our community," said Councilwoman Jan Perry who represents Downtown and South Los Angeles. "They have brought their passion for community and animals together to offer real solutions to pet overpopulation and to aid families in need throughout the region."
For DSN Plus, the focus is on being part of the solution to the pet overpopulation crisis. Their goal is to provide the in-demand service of animal birth control in the downtown LA and neighboring Adams district communities. As a veterinary student, Taub volunteered in animal shelters, witnessing the devastating destruction of healthy dogs and cats. He set out to use his veterinary training to help prevent animals from ending up in overcrowded shelters.
"I became experienced in high-volume sterilization of companion animals to help lower the number of unwanted puppies and kittens entering the shelters," said Taub.
"We're humbled to serve low-income pet owners, but additionally those who have had to travel out of their vicinity for quality veterinary services," shared Kathy Davis, acting general manager of the Los Angeles department of animal services. She said the clinic's location will help with the department's crowded shelters nearby, which were home to an estimated 55,000 unwanted animals last year.
"Thanks to Downtown Spay/Neuter Plus for their support to the department, and for spreading the message about low-cost sterilization," said Davis.
The City of Los Angeles enacted a spay/neuter ordinance one year ago that requires the sterilization of dogs and cats by the time they are four months old. To date, Los Angeles is the largest municipality in the country to pass the ordinance intended to decrease the number of unwanted dogs and cats.