Spay & Neuter Updated 2023

Spay & Neuter

Spay & Neuter in LA

Los Angeles City Law requires all cats and dogs over four months of age to be spayed or neutered, with some specific exemptions allowed. This law is aimed at humanely reducing the number of pets abandoned and euthanized each year. Each household is eligible to receive certificates or coupons for three (3) dogs, three (3) cats, and three (3) rabbits. Stray dogs and community/free-roaming cats do not qualify for this program. To learn about resources to spay and neuter community cats, view the Citywide Cat Program.

Know the benefits of spaying and neutering your dog, cat, or rabbit, view the discount options available to all Angelenos and locations where to spay and neuter your pet. Remember, it's the law to have your pet fixed in the City of Los Angeles, find out more here.

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Affordable Options for LA Residents

Los Angeles residents can get discounts for sterilization costs for their dogs, cats, and rabbits through two programs by the City of Los Angeles Department of Animal Services.

Discount Coupon
For: All LA City Residents

Covers fees up to $30-$50 for sterilization costs for up to three dogs, three cats, and three rabbits.

View participating hospitals

Apply for discount coupon

Free Certificate
For: Qualified low-Income residents

Covers the full cost of sterilization for companion animals at participating veterinary hospitals and on-site clinics at City Animal Shelters.

View participating hospitals

Apply for free certificate

Benefits of Spay & Neuter

It's good for your pet

Spaying and neutering are safe, simple surgeries that prevent animals from reproducing. Females are spayed, and males are neutered. Spaying and neutering reduces or eliminates the risk of certain types of cancer that can kill your pet or be expensive to treat. Spaying and neutering may eliminate undesirable behaviors such as fighting, spraying, and roaming.

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It’s the law, and good for the city

Los Angeles law requires all dogs and cats over four months old to be spayed or neutered, with a few exceptions. If you're unsure about this law, here's what you need to know:

  • The goal of the law is to decrease the number of abandoned and euthanized pets.
  • By spaying or neutering your pet, you can help prevent unplanned litters and reduce the number of animals in shelters.
  • Violations of the law are subject to increasing fines, starting at $100, to urge compliance.
  • Upon a second violation, mandatory sterilization for the animal may be required.
  • Multiple violations may result in a misdemeanor charge.
  • To maintain an intact dog, you must meet certain requirements and obtain a special license.


Complying with the law can make a positive impact on the community and help keep animals safe and healthy. Spaying and neutering your pet is a responsible and humane way to prevent overcrowding in shelters and help reduce the number of healthy animals that are euthanized. It's also beneficial for your pet's health and behavior. Let's do our part to prevent unwanted litters and save the lives of adoptable pets in LA.

 


 

Clinic Locations and Information

On-site clinics

LA Animal Services currently has five spay/neuter clinics located on-site at our City Animal Shelters. The clinics are independently operated and open to the public. Please contact the clinic operator directly for questions about spaying or neutering your pet and related services.

 

Chesterfield Square / South LA Spay & Neuter Clinic

Operated by ASPCA

1850 W 60th St
Los Angeles, CA 90047

(844) 692-7722

East Valley Spay & Neuter Center
Harbor Spay & Neuter Clinic

Operated by CAMP

957 N. Gaffey St
San Pedro, CA 90731

(310) 574-5555

Provides sterilizations for companion animals brought in by the public and adopted companion animals. Also offers other common veterinary services to the public, such as vaccinations, deworming, etc., with each sterilization. Call the clinic directly for more information.

CAMP's Clinic Info
West Los Angeles Spay & Neuter Clinic

Operated by Shelter Vet (dba as Value Vet, Inc.)

11361 W Pico Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90064

(310) 473-4295

West Valley Spay & Neuter Clinic

Operated by Heaven on Earth Society for Animals

20655 Plummer St
Chatsworth, CA 91311

(818) 527-1344

Provides sterilizations for adopted companion animals as well as companion animals brought in by the public. Also offers a full range of other veterinary services to the public. Discounted prices offered on Monthly Community Spay/Neuter Day. Call the clinic directly for more information.

Mobile clinics

Most mobile clinics are by appointment only. Make sure you check with the clinic before your arrival.

 

The SPAY4LA Mobile Clinic operates in South Los Angeles and offers free spay & neuter service for cats and dogs of qualified City of Los Angeles residents.

The clinic operates by appointment only. You must be a resident of the City of Los Angeles and participate in a low-income program. Low-cost vaccines and microchips available to spayed and neutered pets.

Call 1-888-SPAY-4-LA (772-9452) or go to 1888spay4la.org. (Hablamos Español)

Book your appointment today!

Spaying and neutering your pets can have numerous benefits for both your pet and your community. By preventing unwanted litters, reducing the risk of certain health problems, and improving behavior, spaying and neutering can provide a better quality of life for your furry friend.

Additionally, spaying and neutering can help reduce the number of homeless animals in shelters, making a positive impact on your community. Don't hesitate to apply for your discount, and make an appointment with your veterinarian or clinic today to take advantage of the benefits of spaying and neutering.

Your pet will thank you for it!

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Thank you to our lifesaving partners who help us care for #LACityPets