The Los Angeles Department of Animal Services Thursday urged pet owners to spay and neuter their cats and announced that the city received a $50,000 grant from the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals to help pay for the surgery for hundreds of cats.

“We’re thankful for the continued support from the ASPCA who shares in our lifesaving mission,” said L.A. Animal Services’ interim general manager Dana Brown. “The ASPCA’s commitment and leadership in lifesaving makes a huge difference for our animal friends; and thanks to their generous grant, we were able to spay and neuter a total of 715 cats.”

L.A. Animal Services reminded pet owners that spaying their cats will help prevent unwanted litters, curb aggressive behavior, reduce roaming, make the animal less likely to escape and lower the risk of cats developing breast tumors and testicular cancer.

The department’s education of pet owners about the importance of spaying and neutering animals has helped reduce the number of unwanted animals and in turn reduced the number of animals euthanized at the shelters each year. L.A. Animal Services said they have achieved a 90.49% rate of saving animals.

People can go to to complete an application for a free or discounted spay or neuter surgery. Households are eligible for discounts on three dogs and three cats.

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