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DACC Celebrates Spay and Neuter Awareness Month and Responsible Pet Owners Month

DACC Celebrates Spay and Neuter Awareness Month and Responsible Pet Owners Month 608 188 COUNTY OF LOS ANGELES

February 7, 2024
Media Contacts: Don Belton

DACC Celebrates Spay and Neuter Awareness Month and Responsible Pet Owners Month

The County of Los Angeles Department of Animal Care and Control (DACC) is excited to announce its participation in two significant awareness campaigns: Spay and Neuter Awareness Month and Responsible Pet Owners Month. Throughout February, DACC will be actively promoting these initiatives to educate the community about the importance of spaying/neutering pets, responsible pet ownership practices, and where resources to assist pet owners can be found.

Spay and Neuter Awareness Month, observed annually in February, aims to raise awareness about the benefits of spay/neuter to reduce pet overpopulation. Spaying and neutering presents many health benefits for pets. Certain types of cancers are eliminated, and some undesirable behaviors can be modified or eliminated by spaying or neutering. Sterilized animals are less likely to roam, thereby decreasing the likelihood of being lost, injured in accidents, or subjected to abuse. DACC encourages pet owners to spay/neuter their pets not only for the benefits above but also because it’s the law.

Simultaneously, February is Responsible Pet Owners Month to highlight the responsibilities associated with pet ownership, including providing proper care, training, and attention to pets’ physical and emotional needs. This campaign emphasizes the importance of adopting pets from reputable sources, providing them with regular veterinary care, and ensuring they are properly identified with tags and microchips.

DACC recognizes the importance of these initiatives to create healthier and happier communities for both pets and people. Throughout the month, DACC will be hosting events and distributing informational materials to promote spay/neuter and responsible pet ownership practices.

“We are excited to participate in Spay and Neuter Awareness Month and Responsible Pet Owners Month to raise awareness about the importance of responsible pet ownership,” said Director Marcia Mayeda. “By educating pet owners and the community about the benefits of spaying and neutering pets and providing proper care, we can make a positive impact on pet overpopulation and animal welfare.”

DACC encourages pet owners to join the effort by spreading awareness, supporting local animal welfare organizations, and spay or neuter their pets if they have not already done so.

For more information about spaying and neutering and to view available, please visit https://animalcare.lacounty.gov/spay-and-neuter/.

For more information and to view our adoptable pets, please visit www.animalcare.lacounty.gov.

About the Los Angeles County Department of Animal Care and Control (DACC)

DACC is one of the largest animal care and control agencies in the nation, operating seven animal care centers and providing services to more than three million residents and their pets. DACC operates under the nationally recognized Socially Conscious Sheltering model to ensure the best possible outcomes for animals and the community. As a community resource center for pets and owners, DACC protects people and animals from harm, provides care for lost and unwanted animals, reunites lost pets with their families, and strives every day to move closer to its goal of finding a loving home for every adoptable pet that comes through its doors. To learn more about DACC, the resources DACC provides, and view its animals, visit www.animalcare.lacounty.gov  or follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and X (formerly Twitter). To support DACC’s efforts, please donate to the Los Angeles County Animal Care Foundation at www.lacountyanimals.org. To learn more about Socially Conscious Sheltering, visit https://scsheltering.org/.

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