Welcome to Pet Assistance Foundation

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Pet Assistance Foundation (PAF) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization with a single mission:

To reduce the number of unwanted, companion animals born in Southern California through education and assistance with spay and neuter services. Since 1955, PAF has been referring pet owners to cooperating Southern California veterinarians who offer low cost sterilization.

PAF consists of 10 Branches throughout Southern California in addition to a dedicated Spanish hotline that covers all 10 Branches.

PAF wants you to know:

Pet overpopulation is the root cause of companion animal suffering and death.

Approximately 3 to 4 million adoptable animals are destroyed in our shelters nationwide each year. Countless others are abandoned in the streets and freeways to be slaughtered in traffic or die a lingering death by starvation or disease. Others fall victim to unspeakable cruelty. The surplus of homeless pets in Southern California is horrendous.

Only 1 out of 8 dogs will ever find a permanent home.
Only 1 out of 10 cats will be that fortunate.

Toll-Free Spay/Neuter Hotlines

Los Angeles, Riverside, San Bernardino and
Orange Counties: 1-877-SPAY PET or 1-877-772-9738
San Diego County: 1-855-738-7349

URGENT: Special Message from Our President re: COVID19 Displaced Cats

In order to comply with the governor’s order to stay at home, we have halted our in-store cat adoptions until we are told it is safe to resume. We have moved the cats out of their PETCO locations
and into temporary homes, so that our volunteers will not have to leave their homes. They are safe, but space is at a premium. 

   These are beautiful, social cats and kittens, like Callie (left). If you are interested in adopting or fostering, please call us at (562) 673-2845, or visit us on Petfinder.com or Adoptapet.com. For more information, including photos and descriptions, see the blog entry, “COVID19 Displaces Cats”, below. 

Pet Assistance Foundation (PAF) welcomes you to our caring family. We are advocates for responsible pet care and spay/neuter assistance through education, referral services and subsidy for low-income pet owners.


Wendy Aragon and Lindsey

PAF was founded in 1955 by a group of women who realized that pet overpopulation is the root cause of companion animal suffering. While there were other non-profit humane societies in Southern California founded in the mid decades of the twentieth century to address companion animal suffering, our founders knew there had to be at least ONE organization dedicated to addressing pet overpopulation. We are, indeed, true pioneers in the field of spay/neuter advocacy.

PAF is unique in another respect. We are one hundred percent grassroots. While we first set roots in Central and Northern parts of Los Angeles, many additional branches sprang up throughout Southern California since our founding. Caring volunteers saw the need in their respective communities to address animal suffering caused by pet overpopulation. They could not help but be struck by the relentless “fallout” of pet overpopulation—the “free puppy and kitten” signs and ads, abandonment, strays in the streets, animals passed from one bad home to another, and the high euthanasia rates in the shelters.

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