Bark Avenue Foundation (BAF) and ShelterMe hosted “Fix’n LA” on Friday, February 19, 2016, as part of Spay/Neuter Awareness Month. The goal of this community event was to spay and neuter over 100 cats and dogs, and help raise awareness for the free and low-cost animal care services available in LA County. Mission Accomplished!
Funded by the ASPCA® (The American Society for the prevention of Cruelty to Animals®), the community event helped combat pet overpopulation in Bell and Cudahy in zip code 90201 by spaying/neutering pets free of charge. In addition to sterilizing over 100 animals, pet owners received low-cost vaccinations, as well as goodie bags, collars, ID Tags and nail trims for their pets.
“We are thrilled for the ASPCA’s support during Spay/Neuter Month,” says BAF President and Founder, Melanie Pozez. “Fix’n LA” also coincides with Bark Avenue Foundation’s 3,000th free sterilization in Los Angeles County, which is helping to save lives by reducing the number of puppies and kittens entering the Downey Shelter. The surgeries performed at this event prevent accidental litters this spring,” she adds.
“Fix’n LA” took place from 8 to 11 a.m. at Superior Grocers located at 7300 Atlantic Avenue, Cudahy, 90201. The morning kicked off with a press conference at 8 a.m. with Bell Councilman Nestor Enrique Valencia, who had his own pets sterilized at the event; Tina Reddington, director of ASPCA’s Los Angeles Volunteer Programs; representatives from LA County Animal Services will speak, along with the Founder of Bark Avenue Foundation, Melanie Pozez, and ShelterMe, Steven Latham. These local leaders spoke to the community about the importance of spaying/neutering, their partnership with Bark Avenue Foundation, and what else is in store for animal health and safety within LA County for 2016 and beyond.
As part of the event, Riverside County Shelter Animal Care and Control mobile clinic was on site to spay/neuter pets. Pet owners who sterilized their cat or dog also received a free goodie bag, a pet collar and ID tag. 1stCare Vets offered low-cost vaccinations for pets and Kongs Pets and Grooming provided free nail trims.