City in Dog House Over Elimination of Spay-Neuter Vouchers
The city taketh -- and now taketh some more. Citing the economic downturn, Los Angeles' Animal Services Department recently pulled the plug on its funding of the spay/neuter vouchers it had subsidized for low-income pet owners. The City Council had previously approved snipping
Daniel Guss and friend
While there is some buzz about the City Council moving soon to undo the Animal Services fiat, buzz isn't something that helps pet owners. To that end Daniel Guss, a writer who has run the STAND Foundation for seven years, is using a $10,000 grant to fill as much of this new service vacuum as he can in South L.A. and parts of the San Fernando Valley. By contacting his charity at info@STANDfoundation.org, low-income pet owners will be set up with appointments at participating veterinarian offices operated by the Clinico nonprofit organization. Although his stated goal is to have large-breed dogs spayed or neutered, flea-inspected, inocculated and microchipped, Guss says he'll do the same for small-dog and cat owners, as long as there's money.
Guss' foundation is unusual in that it provides vet services to homeless pet owners and to those who live with their animals in vehicles. As he tells it, he's no activist but "one guy trying to do what he can do -- and better than the government can." In the meantime, Guss is keeping his fingers crossed that the city will start doing a little more giveth than taketh when it comes to animal services.