San Bernardino County Animal Care, in collaboration with The PAW Mission and San Bernardino County Regional Parks, is extending a helping hand to unincorporated area residents by offering a free spay and neuter clinic. The first event in this initiative is set to take place at Yucaipa Regional Park on May 27 by appointment.

The clinic, open to both owned pets and community cats, will offer a vital service to residents of the unincorporated community.  Appointments for the clinic can be scheduled through The PAW Mission website. A $20 refundable deposit per appointment is required and all services, including a rabies vaccination, are provided free of charge.

There is a $10 park entrance fee per vehicle but will be waived with proof of an appointment. Those who wish to remain on site at the park for the duration of the day to enjoy the amenities are asked to pay the fee.

The benefits of spaying and neutering extend far beyond ensuring unwanted litters. It helps prevent certain reproductive cancers, reduces the likelihood of roaming and aggressive behaviors in pets, and can even contribute to longer, healthier lives for our furry companions.

To be eligible for this program, residents must show proof of residence in an unincorporated area. Residents can verify their eligibility by visiting the service areas map. All areas in blue are unincorporated. Limit four pets per household.

Additionally, residents in the county’s unincorporated areas and the city of Big Bear Lake can receive additional financial support for spay and neuter services through the Pet Over Population Coalition (POPCO). To request a voucher of $100 for cats and $200 for dogs, fill out this online form:, call POPCO at (888) 767-2550, or email at

Animal Care also has the Trap-Neuter-Vaccinate-Return (TNVR) program which works to control the overpopulation of community cats. To learn more about the TNVR program, visit

Residents are encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity. Together, we can make a significant impact in ensuring a brighter future for both pets and people alike.

To learn more about Animal Care or to see available pets for adoption, visit

Additional County Update News – May 16, 2024

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