NEW ORLEANS (press release) – The Louisiana SPCA Community Clinic is re-opening the public spay/neuter program following the coronavirus shutdowns starting this week and offering all pet owners free spay/neuter thanks to a grant from PetSmart Charities®.

One of the most common reasons pets are surrendered to local shelters is the lack of affordable veterinary care. Because spay/neuter can provide medical and behavioral benefits it can mean the difference between a family having to surrender their pet or keeping them together. These challenges have been amplified with the coronavirus as families have to make tough financial decisions.

With a $90,000 grant from PetSmart Charities, the Louisiana SPCA aims to support pets and pet parents in need by providing free spay/neuter surgeries and subsidized wellness care.

“Our organization remains committed to the health and welfare of pets and their people during this unprecedented time, and our hearts go out to those impacted by COVID-19,” said Jenny Aho, regional relationship manager at PetSmart Charities. “The pandemic has created extraordinary need in pet health and wellness, and we’re proud to support efforts to address the backlog of pets needing this essential care.”

“Having to close our spay/neuter program amid the coronavirus was an extremely challenging decision for our team,” says Louisiana SPCA CEO, Ana Zorrilla. “We are very excited to re-open the program and support the pet parents in our community.”

Making the decision to spay/neuter your pet can provide medical and behavioral benefits:

  • prevents uterine infections
  • prevents breast cancer
  • prevents testicular cancer
  • reduces your pets desire to roam looking for a mate
  • reduces problem behaviors like marking

As the regions leader in high-volume spay/neuter, the Louisiana SPCA Community Clinic specializes in this service. Over the last five years the Community Clinic has completed nearly 50,000 spay/neuter surgeries for owned pets and other shelters and rescues around the state!

To make your appointment at the Louisiana SPCA Community Clinic for free spay/neuter visit