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
- $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,
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
will establish a program called "The Apollo Initiative." It will offer no cost,
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
Compassion Revolution Initiative the
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
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
Animal Advocates Alliance is currently
administering the operation of the pilot program at the Baldwin