The Heigl Foundation provides funding to assist Downtown Dog Rescue in enabling low-income residents in South Los Angeles to get access to free spay or neuter surgery for their pets.
Lori Weise runs the program to sterilize dogs in the South East Los Angeles, Watts and Compton communities, where many locals want to have their dogs fixed, but simply cannot afford to do so. In fact, 70% of residents who surrender a pet to a shelter in these areas are forced to by a lack of resources to care for the animal.
The remarkable grassroots work Lori undertakes is extremely important in helping to reduce the population of unwanted dogs in an area which boasts some of the highest abandonment and shelter admission rates for companion animals.
Dealing directly with people who have very little, Lori helps them with kindness, dignity and respect. She gets into the nooks and crannies that no one else wants to and the Foundation is proud to help support this vital work with a $26,000 grant. The funding has already helped to pay for 324 surgeries between March and July.
The mobile clinic run by Downtown Dog Rescue continues to reach many dog owners who do not have transportation of their own or are homeless. Lori reports that more and more people are bringing puppies to be spayed or neutered as soon as the dog is 8 weeks old. This can only have a positive effect on reducing the number of unwanted litters in the region and ultimately the number of animals euthanized in local shelters.