Press Release: Cash For Cats Campaign

Los Angeles, CA - July 11, 2012

Cat Balls Get You Cash: Found Animals Foundation Launches Balls-y New Campaign

As part of the new “Cash for Cats” campaign, residents in qualifying zip codes will receive cash for each cat brought in to be spayed or neutered.

In an effort to curb cat over population, Found Animals Foundation will pay pet owners $5 for each cat brought in to be spayed or neutered. This progressive campaign promotes feline spay/neuter while also being the first ever program in Los Angeles County to reward participants in this unique and innovative “bucks for balls” approach.

Residents in the San Fernando Valley (zip codes 91605, 91402 and 91405) can bring cats to Spay Neuter Project Los Angeles (SNP LA) and those in south Los Angeles (zip codes 90003 and 90037) can bring cats to the Spay 4 LA mobile clinics. Although there is no limit to the number of cats residents can bring, appointments are necessary to receive the reward. This promotion is for a limited time.

“Found Animals Foundation is taking spay/neuter efforts in Los Angeles to a completely new level, going from supporting low-cost and free surgeries to providing a small monetary gain,” said Aimee Gilbreath, Executive Director of Found Animals Foundation. “We hope residents will take advantage of this reward program that will yield an even bigger reward to the community: helping to curb the numbers of homeless cats in Los Angeles.”

A single pair of unsterilized cats and their kittens can produce anywhere from 100 to 5,000 kittens. Roughly 87,000 cats enter Los Angeles area shelters yearly and 65,000 of them are ultimately euthanized. That’s a euthanasia rate of 75%.

“This is going to get people rushing to our spay/neuter clinics like they never have before,” said Luz Maria Briseño, official Spanish language spokesperson of the campaign and local TV/radio personality. “Huevos (Eggs), Bolas (Balls), Cuates (Nuts), Mellizos (Twins), whatever you choose to call them, we call them a problem. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for people to make easy money and help their neighborhood in the process.”

San Fernando Valley residents may reach SNP LA at (310) 574-5555. South Los Angeles residents may contact Spay 4 LA at 1-888-SPAY-4-LA (772-9452).

More detailed information about the program is available at http://www.foundanimals.org/cash-for-cats.

About Found Animals Foundation

Found Animals Foundation is a privately-funded Los Angeles-based non-profit organization dedicated to animal welfare issues. Led by business and medical professionals, the Foundation works directly within the animal welfare community to reduce the use of euthanasia in shelters by supporting programs including: pet adoption, spay/neuter services, pet identification, and sterilization research.

About Spay Neuter Project Los Angeles

SNP LA is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to substantially reduce animal shelter intake and euthanasia by providing high-quality, low-cost spay/neuter services to underserved residents of the Los Angeles metro area. SNP LA currently operates three spay neuter clinics in Pico Rivera, San Pedro and Van Nuys. SNP LA relies on the generous support of donors to provide services to low income clients at subsidized prices.

ABOUT SPAY 4 LA:

Spay 4 LA is a mobile spay and neuter clinic which is co-operated by the Coalition for Pets and Public Safety and the Found Animals Foundation. The primary objective of the mobile clinic is to provide as many spay/neuter procedures at little to no-cost to under serviced communities in South Los Angeles.