HELP DESK – Resources for Re-Homing & Medical Help
If you are an individual in need of help re-homing a companion animal in your care, or in need of help with medical or training for an animal in your care, please fill out and submit this form: Re-Homing a Companion Animal and we will contact you within 48 hours. We appreciate that you are trying to do right by your pet and although we do not have a facility, and are unable to take your pet into our care, we do offer support services, such as posting on state wide adoption sites that are unavailable to the general public, and other supportive means.
If you are an individual requesting help with an animal in your care, or a stray animal requiring medical procedures or re-habilitation, please fill out and submit this form: Request for Assistance
Help for the companion animals of the homeless / transient population of the greater Los Angeles area. Compassion for all. Sometimes the worlds of pet over-population and homelessness become one. A stray dog fending for itself on the streets, befriended by a kind person who has become homeless. Both would surely love a home of their own, but for now, at least they have one another.
Homeless can mean just that. A fire destroys the cabin you live in, along with the property you are caretaker of. Overnight, your home and livelihood are gone. But at least you escaped with your dogs . That is the story of one man we helped in 2017.
The Benefits of Adopting a Senior Dog
by Dr. Patricia Fitzgerald, L.Ac., DHM, CCN
November is Adopt-A-Senior-Pet Month!
Puppies sure are cute. Who can resist? Many guardians have been with their dogs since puppyhood and have enjoyed sharing that experience of watching all the life stages of their canine companions.
Along with cuteness comes a lot of work. Puppies are often purchased on an impulse. Some guardians aren’t prepared for all the time and attention that these precious animals need for healthy development.
Okay, so you want a dog, but don’t think you have the time and energy it takes to fulfill its needs?
Consider adopting a senior!!!
“Pictured are three wonderful senior dogs and one cat creatureKIND rescued after their previous families discarded them because they were ‘too old’. All of them are now in loving homes enjoying their autumn years.”
Adopting a senior has many advantages:
Many seniors are used to a home environment. They often know the house rules and are comfortable with your coming and going. You can leave for work and come home to your senior comfortably napping and your house intact.
Senior dogs are often housebroken. You won’t have to go through all of the work teaching them where to potty, and you won’t have to spend time cleaning up after accidents.
You will have an instant companion. They are ready for walks, car rides, and adventure —and becoming your best friend.
Older dogs require less attention. You can have the time you need for work, a social life, and other commitments. You won’t have to dramatically change your lifestyle, yet you benefit from the love of your new furry friend. Senior dogs sleep more and are usually mellower than the youngsters.
The teething stage is usually long past them. No worries about finding your furniture destroyed.
What you see is what you get. Their personalities are developed, and when you meet them, you can get a sense of the special loving qualities of your new friend.
You can teach an old dog new tricks. If you still need to fine-tune your senior’s habits, the good news is that they are still trainable.
Adopting a senior saves a life!!! Sometimes adopters wonder later who saved who, as the joy of adopting a older dog adds an immeasurable level of joy and love to the life of the human who was lucky enough to find their special senior.
Adopting the senior can be one of the most rewarding experiences of your life. I know that is true for me. Several years ago, my husband and I visited our local shelter and fell in love with two senior dogs. Charlie, a beagle-shepherd-terrier mix, was estimated to be eight when adopted, and Simba, a beagle-basset mix appeared to be ten.
A fascinating thing about seniors is that you know they’ve had life experience, but you don’t know exactly what. Their past often remains a mystery. They may have had a strong bond with a human who died, they may have been abandoned because of their age, or they may have gotten lost and their owners didn’t have the resources to find them. Sadly, a multitude of dogs are turned into shelters by their owners due to age. The cute puppy no more….
But these sad statistics can often bring happy endings. Often the dogs that get a second chance by being adopted can blossom into the dog they really never got the chance to be.
It is a very cool honor to give a senior a great life. When we first brought Simba home, it didn’t seem like he had ever lived in a house during his first ten years of life. He didn’t really seem to know about petting, a warm bed, toys, or going for a walk. The first few weeks were challenging. Trying to walk a scent hound who hasn’t been trained for the walk was next to impossible. His nose seemed to be attached to the ground, and if he came across a scent he really liked, he would plant his body to the ground indefinitely. Fortunately, after a few weeks of “walking” with the pack, he actually got with the program, and now walks at a peppy pace for miles.
Charlie seemed to have been with a family prior to being dumped at the shelter. He seemed to know the home routine, and he kind of showed Simba the ropes. Charlie loves to play with squeak toys, and he runs around the house having a grand old time. For months, Simba would just watch. I decided to “teach” Simba to play with the toys. Now he is totally into it—possibly for the first time in his life. Now he likes to steal Charlie’s toys and destroy them—when he’s not trying to get some belly rubs.
I could go on and on, but the point is—when you adopt a senior, you have the wonderful opportunity to observe life blossom…the second time around. Watching Charlie and Simba develop into these fun, goofy characters at this stage in their lives has been extremely rewarding.
When you adopt your senior, make sure you take your new friend to the vet for a thorough exam. Taking some preventative measures can make a big difference in the quality of the life of your canine companion. Quality food for seniors, with supplements for joint health and longevity, can often add life to the years and years to the life of your senior.
Don’t let the idea of potential health issues discourage you from considering a senior. Health issues can occur at any age with animals as well as humans. As humans are often more concerned about their health as they get a little older, taking supplements, modifying diet and stressors—seniors can benefit from a similar upgrade.
In our youth-obsessed culture, it is really great to hang out with seniors who are having a great time. In many cultures, seniors are revered for their wisdom and experience. We live in a somewhat throwaway society that quickly trades in the old for the new. Having a senior in your life is a great reality check for what’s really important—enjoying each moment.
Senior dogs don’t seem too concerned if their muzzles get gray, or if their stride gets a little slower. They live in the moment and are great examples to us as to enjoy and appreciate life at in its various stages, from infancy to the golden oldies.
Please contact us if you are an individual or small rescue organization in need of help with medical costs in order to rescue a senior animal.
Spay & Neuter Saves Lives !
The following are the top 10 most important reasons to spay or neuter your beloved pet!
- Your female pet will live a longer, healthier life. Spaying helps prevent uterine infections and breast cancer, which is fatal in about 50% of dogs and 90% of cats. Spaying your pet before her first heat offers the best protection from these diseases.
- Neutering provides major health benefits for your male. Besides preventing unwanted litters, neutering your male companion prevents testicular cancer, if done before six months of age.
- Your spayed female won’t go into heat. While cycles can vary, female felines usually go into heat four to five days every three weeks during breeding season. In an effort to advertise for mates, they’ll yowl and urinate more frequently-sometimes all over the house!
- Your male dog won’t want to roam away from home. An intact male will do just about anything to find a mate! That includes digging his way under the fence and making like Houdini to escape from the house. And once he’s free to roam, he risks injury in traffic and fights with other males.
- Your neutered male will be much better behaved. Neutered cats and dogs focus their attention on their human families. On the other hand, unneutered dogs and cats may mark their territory by spraying strong-smelling urine all over the house. Many aggression problems can be avoided by early neutering.
- Spaying or neutering will NOT make your pet fat. Don’t use that old excuse! Lack of exercise and overfeeding will cause your pet to pack on the extra pounds-not neutering. Your pet will remain fit and trim as long as you continue to provide exercise and monitor food intake.
- It is highly cost-effective. The cost of your pet’s spay/neuter surgery is a lot less than the cost of having and caring for a litter. It also beats the cost of treatment when your unneutered tom escapes and gets into fights with the neighborhood stray!
- Spaying and neutering your pet is good for the community. Stray animals pose a real problem in many parts of the country. They can prey on wildlife, cause car accidents, damage the local fauna and frighten children. Spaying and neutering packs a powerful punch in reducing the number of animals on the streets.
- Your pet doesn’t need to have a litter for your children to learn about the miracle of birth. Letting your pet produce offspring you have no intention of keeping is not a good lesson for your children-especially when so many unwanted animals end up in shelters. There are tons of books and videos available to teach your children about birth in a more responsible way.
- Spaying and neutering helps fight pet overpopulation. Every year, millions of cats and dogs of all ages and breeds are euthanized or suffer as strays. These high numbers are the result of unplanned litters that could have been prevented by spaying or neutering.
Spay & Neuter Resources for the Los Angeles area
COUNTY OF LOS ANGELES ANIMAL CARE AND CONTROL
12440 E. Imperial Hwy, Suite 603, Norwalk, CA 90650 PHONE # (562) 345-0321 FAX # (562) 863-8052
SPAY & NEUTERING AGENCIES CONTACT SHEET
LACACC VENDORS CONTACT FAX/CELL # LOCATION PHONE #
Amanda Foundation Teri Austin South Los Angeles & (888) 349-7388 email@example.com www.amandafoundation.org
Angel Dogs Foundation Lisa Tipton F(661) 803-8462 Santa Clarita, Lancaster (888) 504-7729 firstname.lastname@example.org & Palmdale Areas www.angeldogsfoundation.org
SPAYNEUTER PROJECT OF LA Zoey Mondt F(562) 942-2698 Pico Rivera (562) 942-2640 “SNP/LA” email@example.com San Pedro (310) 241-0768 firstname.lastname@example.org Van Nuys (818) 849-6373
Downtown Dog Rescue Lori Weise South Los Angeles & (818) 407-4145 email@example.com Compton Areas www.downtowndogrescue.org
Pet Doctors of Industry Beverly F(626) 855-4304 City of Industry (626) 855-4301 firstname.lastname@example.org www.petdoctorsinc.com
Sam Simon Foundation Hannah Lieberman Greater Los Angeles (323) 549-5300 email@example.com Areas www.samsimonfoundation.com
Lynwood Dog & Cat Hospital Dr. Casillas F(626) 286-5729 Lynwood (323)566-4177 Casillas
Veterinary Hospital Inc. Montebello (323)721-2244
OTHER SPAY/NEUTER SERVICES LOCATION PHONE #
Actors & Others Los Angeles Area & (818) 755-6045
Financial Assistance toward S/N Services for low-income families only. Surrounding Counties
Animal Discount Clinic Garden Grove (714) 537-0570 Low-cost spay/neuter services for dogs and cats.
HEIGL RAY OF HOPE BALDWIN PARK & FREE SPAY/NEUTER OF DOGS EL MONTE
(818) 755-6045 www.jasonheiglfoundation.org
Gateway Animal Hospital Glendale (818) 244-2934 Full Service Walk-in Hospital. www.gatewayanimalhospital.com
Golden State Humane Society Long Beach (562) 423-8406 Low-cost spay/neuter and medical care.
SPAY4LA Los Angeles (800) 772-9452 Low-cost spay/neuter services for dogs and cats .
Holiday Humane Society Clinic N. Hollywood (818) 765-8196 Low-cost spay/neuter services.
Human Society of Ventura County (805) 646-6505 Low-cost spay/neuter & vaccinations for dogs & cats in Ojai clinic. www.humanesocietyvc.org
Herman Bennett Foundation Ventura County (818) 445-7171 Provides spay/neuter vouchers for low-income residents of Ventura County www.hermanbennettfoundation.org
Mercy Crusade Oxnard (818) 597-2926 Low cost spay/neuter & vaccinations for Dogs and Cats in Ventura County. www.dogcatfix.com
Pet Assistance Foundation Southern California (877) 772-9738 Provides referrals to low-cost spay/neuter . www.petassistancefoundation.org
Rover Rescue Redondo Beach (310) 379-0154 For referrals or discount vouchers. www.roverrescue.com
Spay/Neuter Animal Network (SPAN) Ventura & Antelope (805) 278-4433 Vouchers and low-cost spay/neuter & vaccinations for Dogs and Cats in Oxnard. Valley www.spanonline.org
Spay & Neuter Clinic Valley Veterinary Simi Valley (805) 584-3823 Low cost Spay/Neuter. Also accepts Feral Cats in Traps for altering.
Spay Neuter Assistance Program (SNAP) Los Angeles (310) 364-4282 Low cost Spay/Neuter services.
Family Dog and Cat Hospital Monrovia (626) 303-2300 www.familydogandcathospital.com
FERAL CAT AID LOCATION PHONE #
Best Friends Catnippers Los Angeles (818) 377-9700 Free spay/neuter, humane traps & offers training on cat-trapping and release.
Fix Nation Los Angeles (818) 524-2287 Lends traps & offers training on cat-trapping and release. www.fixnation.org
Stray Cat Alliance Los Angeles (310) 281-6973 Lends traps & offers training on cat-trapping and release.
Spay/Neuter Animal Network (SPAN) Oxnard (805) 278-4433 Vouchers and low-cost spay/neuter & vaccinations for Dogs and Cats in Oxnard.
Spay & Neuter Clinic Valley Veterinary (805) 584-3823 Accepts Feral Cats in Traps for altering.
MEDICAL CARE LOCATION PHONE #
Golden State Humane Society Long Beach (562) 423-8406 Low-cost spay/neuter and medical care.
North Figueroa Animal Hospital Los Angeles (323) 258-8068 Low-cost spay/neuter and medical care.
Here are a few programs that we offer to help care for friendly creatures in our area.
This program supports our efforts to rescue and re-home companion animals with special needs, and chronic medical conditions. Providing specialized treatment, surgery, and ongoing medical assistance can be costly. We sometimes provide lifetime medical support in order to place these special animals into equally special homes.
The program also provides help for families who love their four-legged companions but are maybe having difficulty covering medical expenses.
ADELYN was initially taken to a local shelter to be euthanized due to a chronic skin condition, resulting from extreme neglect, which had caused hair loss on most of her body, along with horribly infected ears and eyes.This sweet 7 yr-old won our hearts with a gentle, loving nature which remained, despite the pain & discomfort she had suffered for so long.
After months of treatment in foster care, where we discovered Adelyn was also partially blind, she was adopted into a wonderful home with Kacey, where she will never know neglect again.
FRANKIE, was abandoned at a low cost clinic after being hit by a car and partially paralyzed. This young, sweet Cockerpoo, was soaked in his own urine when we rescued him, dragging his back legs behind, but with so much life left in him. After consulting with a specialist, it was determined that severe nerve damage had rendered Frankie incontinent for life.
After only two weeks in foster care, and some physical therapy, this determined boy had regained control of his legs, and a ‘belly-band’ helped keep him dry while inside the house. Within a couple of months, Frankie was adopted by Lory, an animal lover who had previously adopted other special needs animals.
SPAY & NEUTER is one of the primary ways we can decrease the horrendous number of perfectly lovely companion animals who lose their lives in shelters every day, simply because this simple surgery is not performed.
Despite the resources available, the problem still exists. In 2016, our goal is to secure the funding needed to introduce a new program aimed at a segment of the population, who allow their pets to breed, intentionally or not.
This program is incentive driven, as we believe this is the only way to reach people who are not responding to low cost and free spay & neuter services that are available.
In addition to free spay & neuter services, our PAYtoSPAY program, offers incentives in the form of gift cards that can be redeemed at area stores.
This program also provides free spay & neuter services for anyone that does not qualify for free or low cost services, but are trying to act responsibly and do the right thing.
In addition, this program supports the rescue of nursing Mothers and unweaned puppies & kittens in need of rescue.
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