Since 2006, Lori Weise of Downtown Dog Rescue has been running free spay/neuter dog clinics in Compton's East Rancho Dominguez Park. On the second Saturday of each month, about 35 dogs who have appointments are fixed, vaccinated and microchipped.
Lori created this program specifically for Compton after hearing about the many strays in the area. She also learned that many locals want to have their dogs fixed, but they simply can't afford it, or do not have transportation to a clinic outside the neighborhood. Each dog that comes in costs about $100; Lori has support from the Heigl Foundation, PetSmart and private donations to hire the AngelDogs Foundation's mobile spay/neuter vehicle.
To see Lori saving dogs on Skid Row, check out this video.
If you live in Compton and want to make an appointment for your dog, call 213-403-0129.
Edgar, 16, met Lori at a weekly dog training class at the LA Coliseum. He showed up trying to sell a pit bull puppy that was left behind after a neighbor's dogfighting ring was busted by cops. Lori remembers lecturing him on why selling a pit bull isn't a good thing, but was pleasantly surprised that Edgar then decided to keep the pup and come back to the class regularly so he could learn to be a responsible dog owner. She was also impressed that Edgar wanted to start volunteering at her clinics, especially since several people in Edgar's neighborhood tried to convince him to fight his new dog.
Instead, he now helps Lori spread the word that spaying/neutering not only helps reduce pet overpopulation, but is also beneficial for the health and well-being of a dog.