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Launching The Compassion Revolution

The campaign was launched in cooperation with Los Angeles Animal Services (represented by Brenda Barnette, General Manager of LA Animal Services, and Kathy Davis, its Assistant General Manager of Operations), the County of Los Angeles Department of Animal Care and Control (represented by Marcia Mayeda, its Director) and the Los Angeles County Animal Care Foundation. They were supported by Councilman Tony Cardenas, who spoke during the press conference.

Also in attendance were representatives from various local animal welfare and rescue groups, including Animal Advocates Alliance, Best Friends Animal Society (LA), Downtown Dog Rescue, H.E.A.L. and others, as well the Director of the County of Ventura Animal Services (Monica Nolan) and representatives from the San Bernardino Shelter.

Specific programs highlighted today included:

Broad Based Spay / Neuter Initiative

The Heigl Foundation is pledging $1 million towards no cost spay/neuter initiatives throughout Los Angeles City and County and neighboring areas. These initiatives will be available to residents living within designated zip codes serviced by the applicable City and County shelters. Spay/neuter, vaccination and microchipping services will be provided by partner mobile clinics, partner veterinary practices and existing clinics. Dedicated funding announced today included:

  • $30,000 to Dr. Novy’s Valley Vet non-profit, to fund rescue spay/neuters in Camarillo and surrounding areas.
  • $100,000 to Spay4LA to complete the funding of a mobile spay/neuter clinic, to provide low-income residents of South Los
  • Angeles access to FREE spay/neuter for their pets as a means to decrease the number of stray animals, shelter intake, euthanasia and costs. The goal of this South LA mobile unit is to sterilize 5,000 animals annually.
  • $50,000 to Downtown Dog Rescue for spay/neuter in the Compton area, via the AngelDogs Foundation mobile clinic.
  • $50,000 to H.E.A.L. to provide free spay/neuter to San Bernardino and the surrounding area.

Pit Bull and American Staffordshire Terrier Targeted Spay/Neuter Program

In partnership with Los Angeles Animal Services (which operate LA City shelters) and the County of Los Angeles Department of Animal Care and Control (which operate the LA County shelters), and announced today by LA Animal Services’ Brenda Barnette, the Heigl Foundation will establish a program called "The Apollo Initiative." It will offer no cost, "no questions asked" spay/neuter, vaccination and microchipping services specifically for American Staffordshire Terrier and Pit Bull breeds and mixes in designated zip codes.

  • The Heigl Foundation announced today that, to start, it is allocating $100,000 for The Apollo Initiative to be implemented at LA City and County shelters.

Training and Education Program

Under the Compassion Revolution Initiative the Heigl Foundation announced today that it will subsidize the Learn to be a Best Friend program with an initial commitment of $50,000. This program provides complimentary basic obedience training and proper pet care education programs to the public. We believe this is a crucial program as many pet owners surrender their animals to shelters for alleged behavioral issues that may be easily corrected with simple training techniques. Residents will be able to register at participating City and County shelters and will receive a complimentary pet care gift package, donated by the Millan Foundation, upon completion of the 1-hour class. Each class covers topics such as integration of the pet into the family, positive reinforcement training, house breaking, and proper dog socialization. Instructors will also provide education on topics such as the importance of spaying and neutering pets (including referrals to local no cost or low cost spay/neuter services), local laws applicable to pet ownership, availability of low cost veterinary care and the grim reality of relinquishing a pet to a municipal shelter. Animal Advocates Alliance is currently administering the operation of the pilot program at the Baldwin Park shelter.

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