This past Saturday, November 19th, marked the kicked off of "I Spayed LA, an ambitious grassroots program of the Los Angeles-based non profit Stray Cat Alliance, to spay/neuter thousands of feral and stray cats that roam some of Los Angeles' lowest income neighborhoods.
"I Spayed LA" initially is tackling the 90037 Los Angeles zip code, which includes many impoverished areas with no spay/neuter services of its own. The organization estimates some 12,000 cats inhabit this area of 60,000 residents.
As part of the program, the Stray Cat Alliance has established two well-stocked trap depots where caring citizens can learn all about humane trapping, according to the organization’s website. Once trapped, the cats will be taken to the Animal Rescue Center in South Los Angeles, a low cost spay/neuter facility that opened in January.
The LA Times reports that the group is hoping to spay/neuter some 7,000 cats within the roughly two-square mile area using a grant from a private company.
For the past several weeks, prior to the official program launch, Stray Cat Alliance volunteers canvassed the neighborhood, educating residents and encouraging them to help trap the cats. You can learn more about the program at the video that accompanies this article.