February is National Spay/Neuter Awareness Month—and to promote fixing the companion-animal overpopulation crisis, Dr. Drew Pinsky is dishing out some sex advice in new radio and TV spots promoting PETA’s “Let’s Fix L.A.” program. Watch the public service announcement for yourself:
Dr. Drew (and his adorable co-star Mojito) is reminding Angelenos that unless they’ve purchased a costly permit and special license—which cost hundreds of dollars per animal every year—city law requires them to “fix” their dogs and cats who are 4 months of age or older. Spaying and neutering is the responsible way to end the homeless-animal overpopulation crisis through prevention, and PETA provides all the information and resources that residents need to find low-cost spay/neuter services throughout L.A., in both English and Spanish.
Spaying and neutering saves lives—and money.
The one-time cost of a spay/neuter surgery (which can be significantly lowered or waived by taking advantage of these resources in L.A.) is far cheaper than providing even one litter of puppies or kittens with good care—including vaccinations, veterinary bills, food, finding them homes, and more.
Take note: If you’re caught with unfixed animals, the fine starts at $100 and can reach up to $500. That’s much more costly than a routine spay/neuter procedure.
Communities that enforce spay/neuter laws can also save thousands in taxpayer dollars by reducing the need to round up, shelter, care for, and, in some cases, ultimately euthanize stray and unwanted animals. Take the doctor’s advice, and let’s make L.A. one of those responsible communities.
“The best advice I can give to everyone is to get their animals spayed and neutered. After all, it is the law!”
—Dr. Drew Pinsky
Spaying or neutering isn’t just a legal obligation—it’s also an ethical one. More than 6 million cats and dogs enter U.S. animal shelters every year, and more than half of them must be euthanized simply for lack of good homes. You can join Dr. Drew in the fight to help prevent this—even if you don’t live in Los Angeles. Share his ad, never support breeders or pet stores that sell animals, and always have your animals spayed or neutered.