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Resources for Pets & Owners

DDR has been working with pets, owners, and animal service groups for more than 20 years. We’ve compiled the following list of resources to help pet owners find the help they need. Please click the titles below to see the list of resources drop-down.

If you can’t find the help you need in the following resources and are considering surrendering your pet to the shelter, please contact our team first. DDR is dedicated to helping families keep their pets. Email, or call our Pet Support Space at (213) 403-0129.

City of Los Angeles Residents – free surgery voucher apply here

Hospitals that will accept free voucher = Spay4LA, SNPLA, North Figueroa Animal Hospital, ASPCA clinic @ South LA Shelter

County of Los Angeles Residents who live in the following cities: Unincorporated Los Angeles – Florence + Firestone, Watts/Willowbrook, Walnut Park, East Compton, East Los Angeles, City of Compton, City of Bell, City of Cudahy, City of Maywood, City of Huntington Park

Apply here for free surgery voucher

Hospitals that will accept free voucher

ASPCA has a number that county residents can call 844-692-7722

Eligibility: Residents of the following zip codes: 90731, 91732, 91733, 90201, 90255, 90270

*South Gate, *Paramount, *Lynwood, *Bell Gardens = see low cost spay/neuter resource page

*There is no free City/County voucher program 

Programs that offer assistance with Spay/Neuter:

For Dogs 40lbs and over

Fix Nation Free Feral Cat Spay/Neuter

Free Animal Doctor

Pet Assistance covers  Los Angeles, Riverside, San Bernardino and Orange Counties: 1-877-SPAY PET or 1-877-772-9738

Programas de esterilización y castración

Residentes de la ciudad de Los Ángeles: se aplica el cupón de cirugía gratis aquí

Hospitales que aceptarán vales gratis = Spay4LA, SNPLA, North Figueroa Animal Hospital, Clínica ASPCA @ South LA Shelter

Residentes del condado de Los Ángeles que viven en las siguientes ciudades: Zona no incorporada de Los Ángeles – Florence + Firestone, Watts/Willowbrook, Walnut Park, East Compton, Este de Los Ángeles, Ciudad de Compton, Ciudad de Bell, Ciudad de Cudahy, Ciudad de Maywood, Ciudad de Huntington Park

Solicite aquí un cupón de cirugía gratis

Hospitales que aceptarán vales gratis

ASPCA tiene un número al que los residentes del condado pueden llamar 844-692-7722

Elegibilidad: Residentes de los siguientes códigos postales: 91771, 91732, 91732, 90201, 90255, 90270

*South Gate, *Paramount, *Lynwood, *Bell Gardens = consulte la página de recursos de esterilización/castración de bajo costo

*No existe un programa de cupones gratuitos para la ciudad o el condado

Programas que ofrecen asistencia con esterilización/castración

Perros de 40 libras +

Fix Nation Free Feral Cat Spay/Neuter

Pet Assistance cubre Los Ángeles, Riverside, San Bernardino y

Condados de Orange: 1-877-SPAY PET o 1-877-772-9738

Los Angeles Veterinary Center
109 N. Boyle Ave Los Angeles 90033

AM PM Ideal Pet Care
12852 Pioneer Blvd  Norwalk  90650


North Figueroa Animal Hospital – no appointment necessary for spay/neuter Mon-Fri @ 9:00AM
5550 N Figueroa St, Los Angeles, CA 90042
(323) 258-8068

Spay Neuter Project of Los Angeles – several locations
(310) 574-5555 or (888) 937-7295

Dr. Shipps Animal Hospital – Appointments necessary
351 Foothill Rd, Beverly Hills, CA 90210
(310) 550-0101

Low Cost Spay/Neuter and Preventative Care for Stray and Rescue Dogs andCats

Stray Paws Animal Haven:

  • TNR (Trap, Neuter & Return), Spay/Neuter, Vaccines

Low Cost Spay/Neuter for Rescue and Stray CATS ONLY

Fix Nation:

  • TNR, Spay/Neuter for Cats

Alondra Animal Hospital
14425 S. Crenshaw Blvd, Gardena, CA 90249
(310) 676-2255

Vanderhoof Veterinary Hospital
2235 Lake Ave Ste 101, Altadena, CA 91001
(626) 798-5901

North Hollywood Animal Care Clinic
11561 Oxnard St, North Hollywood, CA 91606
(818) 508-8530

Mental Health Resources

Dept of Mental Health ACCESS Center – 1 (800) 854-7771

  • 24/7 Hotline for Referrals, Resources, and Crisis Assessments
  • Services Provided: Mental health screening and assessment, Referral to a service provider, Crisis counseling, Mobilizing field response teams, linkages to other services

Suicide Crisis Hotline – Call or Text ‘988’

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)

  • Support for caregivers and those with mental illness

7 Cups – Free emotional support online


The Substance Abuse Service Helpline (SASH) – 1 (844) 804-7500

  • 24/7 referral to substance abuse programs

Outpatient Mental Health Clinics

Compton Family Mental Health – (310) 668-6800

  • 921 E Compton Blvd Compton, CA 90221

Downtown Mental Health Center – (213) 629-6200

  • 529 Maple Ave Los Angeles, CA 90013

West Central Family Mental Health Center – (323) 298-3618

  • 3751 Stocker St Los Angeles, CA 90008

Didi Hirsch S Mark Taper Foundation Center – (323) 778-9593

  • 1328 West Manchester Ave Los Angeles, CA 90044

Asian Pacific Counseling and Treatment Center – (213) 252-2100

  • 520 S Lafayette Park Place Suite 300 Los Angeles, CA 90057

Urgent Care for Mental Health (Crisis evaluation, Same-Day Medication Needs)

Exodus Recovery at MLK – (562) 295-4617

  • 12021 Wilmington Ave Los Angeles, CA 90059

Exodus Recovery Eastside – (323) 276-6400

  • 1920 Marengo St Los Angeles, CA 90033

Exodus Recovery Marengo – (323) 276-6470

  • 1920 Marengo St Los Angeles, CA 90033

Exodus Recovery Maple – (213) 395-7700

  • 640 Maple Ave Los Angeles, CA 90014

Homeless Organizations and Service Providers

Weingart Foundation – Weingart Access Center (homeless resource center – mail services, referrals to shelters, medical issues, mental health and more) Open Hours: 7:30AM – 6:00PM

(213) 833-5020 (main line)

(213) 627-5302 (after hours phone)

  • 501 E 6th St Los Angeles, CA 90021

St. John’s Community Center – Avalon Clinic Homeless Drop-In Center (food pantry, laundry, case management and more)

(323) 541-1411

  • 6818 Avalon Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90003

Skid Row Community Refresh Spot (showers, laundry, resources for vaccine clinics and legal services) Open 24/7

(213) 744-0724

  • 544 Towne Ave Los Angeles, CA 90013

Transportation Resources

ACCESS- Transportation for people with disabilities – 1 (800) 827-0829

Reduced Tap Fare for Metro for people with disabilites *can be completed by any mental health agency staff*

Legal Resources

Los Angeles Center for Law and Justice – (323) 980-3500

Inner City Law Center (213) 891-2880

Free Freeway Service Patrol

The service is absolutely FREE to motorists. Simply call 511 and say “Motorist Aid” from your phone or call from a freeway callbox. The services include the following:

  • Changing flat tires
  • Jump-starting cars
  • Refilling radiators and taping leaky hoses
  • Providing up to a gallon of fuel
  • Towing disabled vehicles to designated safe locations off the freeway

The inclusion of a service, organization or program in this listing is NOT an endorsement or recommendation by Downtown Dog Rescue. We have no affiliation with any of the organizations or programs listed. We strongly suggest you evaluate each group and review carefully their policies and requirements before applying. Please also note that some of these programs require that the request be made prior to the animal being treated, and that most programs are limited in the amount they can grant for a specific request. Generally, grants are between $25 – 500, so it’s important to check with several sources and to also try to raise funds yourself.

Actors and Others for Animals – Southern California community-based organization serving the greater Los Angeles area. Among other services, the organization provides financial assistance for emergency medical procedures for those of limited income. Phone: (818) 897-8760

Animal Rescue Foundation of Dana Point (ARF) (services may be limited to spay/neuter assistance) Phone: (949) 240-2899

Bone Appetite|St Vincent Meals on Wheels – the BONE APPETIT program is designed to deliver ‘kibbles & bits” to provide current homebound seniors and their pets with the nourishment they need. Phone: (213) 484-7775

Brown Dog Foundation – dedicated to helping families who find themselves in a temporary financial crisis at the same time their pet requires life-saving treatment or life-sustaining medications.

Care Credit – personal line of credit for healthcare treatments and procedures for your entire family, including your pets. Phone: (800) 677-0718

Emotional Support Animal Center – Provider of prescriptive animal accommodation letters (ESA letters) for both housing and flying. Phone: (305) 280-2001

Feline Veterinary Emergency Assistance – provides financial assistance to cat and kitten guardians who are unable to afford veterinary services in life-threatening situations.

In Memory of Magic (IMOM) – dedicated to insuring that no companion animal has to be euthanized simply because his or her caretaker is financially challenged. Request must be made before animal is treated. Phone: (866) 230-2164

Inner City Law Center – The only provider of legal services on Skid Row in downtown Los Angeles, Inner City Law Center combats slum housing while developing strategies to end homelessness. Phone: (213) 891-2880

Labrador Lifeline Aids purebred Labrador Retrievers in need of urgent medical care, or other assistance in order to live a full and productive life.

Magic Bullet Fund (Cancer) – helps people who have made room in their homes and hearts for a canine companion, but do not have the financial resources to provide cancer treatment.

Mercy Crusade – Mercy Crusade’s Spay & Neuter Clinic of Ventura County is dedicated to ending pet overpopulation. Phone: (818) 597-2926 or (805) 278-4433

Paws/LA – provides services to assist low-income seniors and people disabled by a life-threatening illness to help them keep and care for their pets. Phone: (213) 741-1950

Public Counsel – Provides a wide variety of legal services to low-income individuals. Phone: (213) 385-2977

RedRover Relief (formerly LifeLine Grants) – The RedRover Relief program provides funding to Good Samaritans, animal rescuers and pet owners to help them care for animals in life-threatening situations. Phone: (916) 429-2457

Rehome by Adopt-a-Pet Safe – no-cost way to rehome your pet.

Safe Place for Pets On-site housing, Off-site Housing, and Community Programs – for people and pets who need a safe escape from domestic violence. Phone: (916) 429-2457

The Mosby Foundation – assists in the care of critically sick, injured, abused and neglected dogs through financial support and public education.

The Pet Fund – May not be able to approve emergency care funding prior to treatment, due to time delay in processing requests. Phone: (916) 443-6007

Voice for the Animals Foundation – Helping Friends Program helps seniors, people with disabilities, terminal illnesses or fixed incomes take care of their pets. Phone: (310) 392-5153

Blue Man Dog – Training, New Dog Help, Pack Hikes
Lots of FREE information on website

The Urban Pet Dog Training – Group classes. Basic obedience for friendly dogs. (Mid-city)
(323) 933-2100

Pasanita Obedience Club – Group classes (Pasadena)
(626) 797-7070

Apartment Listings that accept Dogs & Cats

Housing Issues

Rental housing resources and advocacy for tenants:

A free booklet you can download for rent stabilized tenants:

Information for low-income residents:

Information for special needs population:

Contact numbers for the homeless:

Help for Tenants Facing Eviction:  

Eviction Assistance Center (EAC) – Tenants with a pending eviction case filed at the Downtown LA courthouse on Hill Street should call or visit the EAC immediately. Legal assistance is free. 111 N. Hill Street Stanley Mosk Courthouse, Room 115, Los Angeles, CA 90012, (818) 485 – 0578.

Eviction Defense Network (EDN) – Tenants with a pending eviction not filed at the Downtown courthouse should contact EDN. Fees are charged, but are adjusted based on client ability to pay. Metro Medical Mall, 1930 Wilshire Blvd #208, Los Angeles, CA 90057 (213) 385-8112.

Help for Tenants Facing Pet Related Discrimination:

Housing Rights Center – Tenants refused a Reasonable Accommodation or facing other housing discrimination should be referred to HRC. HRC investigates and litigates fair housing. 3255 Wilshire Blvd. Suite 1150, Los Angeles, CA 90010 Fax: (213) 381-8555.

Paws LA – Paws LA is not a legal service provider, but does provides assistance with requests for permission to keep a service or companion animal AKA a request for reasonable accommodation. 2121 S. Flower Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007, (213) 741-1950.

Safe Place for Pets On-site housing, Off-site Housing, and Community Programs – for people and pets who need a safe escape from domestic violence. Phone: (916) 429-2457

Einhorn Insurance
Dog Liability Insurance for homeowners, renters, and landlords.
Visit their website for more information about insurance for responsible owners of “dangerous” breeds (as labeled by most insurance companies).

Call (858) 336-4644 or email

South Los Angeles Animal Shelter (Chesterfield Square) – Open Tue-Sat 8-5, Sun 11-5
1850 W. 60th St. Los Angeles 90047
(888) 452-7381 (for full list of LA City Shelters)

NKLA Pet Adoption Center – Open noon-8pm, 7 days a week
1845 Pontius Ave, Los Angeles 90025 (424) 208-8840

Do you need to rehome your pet? Visit Rehome by and Petco Foundation for a safe, no-cost way to rehome your pet.

Walks For Pups (Eastside)
(310) 766-1262

Go Dog LA (Downtown)
1728 Maple Ave Los Angeles 90015
(213) 748-4364

Los Angeles Dog Company (Midcity)
(310) 721-4085

We Will Walk You (Westside)
(310) 674-0477

The Urban Pet
4475 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles 90029
(323) 664-4700
7515 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles 90036
(323) 933-2100
900 Fair Oaks Ave, South Pasadena 91030
(626) 403-9100

aRomatherapy Mobile Pet Grooming
(310) 991-7226

Honest Groomers – South Gate, CA

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