This week many Monterey Park pet owners attended the City’s Annual Dog License and Vaccination Clinic, where they obtained licenses, low-cost vaccination and free microchips for their pets before law enforcement begins canvassing the city for unlicensed animals.
Evelina Villa, the acting public information officer for the County of Los Angeles Department of Animal Care and Control, told EGP that since the city now contracts with county and not the San Gabriel Valley Human Society, the event was an opportunity for local pet owners to take care of licensing and other issues.
“The county of Los Angeles contracts with the city of Monterey Park and we believe in outreaching to the community,” Villa said. “Vaccinating and licensing the animals in the community is very important.”
Monterey Park Police Lt. Bill Cuevas told EGP that officers will start canvassing the city for pets to ensure they are licensed beginning after the first of the year.
“All the people that live in Monterey Park by law have to get the license,” Villa said. “The law is you need to license your pet if its four months or older. They have to get the vaccination for the rabies too, that’s why they are all here.”
The cost to license dogs is $20 for neutered and $40 for un-neutered. Licenses for cats that are neutered are $10 and $5 for those that are neutered. For those pet owners that are caught with an unlicensed pet, the owner must pay double the license fee.
Tracy Troung took her terrier-mix “Pookie” to the clinic to be vaccinated so she can complete her license application.
“We’re here for the rabies shot so I can send the paperwork to the county,” Truoung told EGP. “And they’re offering microchip which is really great so we can track if she happens to run out.”
The change in contract had previously made it inconvenient for pet owners like Christine Norris to license their pets.
“This [event] is so great, part of the problem is that Monterey Park is not contracting with San Gabriel Valley Humane Society anymore so now we have to go to Downey, and I’m sorry [but] I can’t afford the gas to drive all the way to Downey,“ said Norris.
Villa told EGP they organized the event with the city to make it convenient for residents, who lined up as early as 7:30 a.m.
Steve Gonzalez took his Miniature Pincher mix “Mama” to the clinic to take advantage of the low cost vaccination, which included the rabies shot for $10.
“Its so important to come to these things, you get to meet and greet people and get familiar with other people, other dogs,” said Gonzalez.
Those residents who still need to license their pets can go to the L.A. County Animal Care Center in Downey where they can still receive the low-cost vaccination and free microchips, or visit animalcare.lacounty.gov for more information.
“Monterey Park is a new city for us so this is our first real outreach event with them, so we’re really excited to be here and provide services to residents of Monterey Park,” Villa said.