A message from Fix’n Fidos founder, Kacey Montoya:
Anyone who knows me, knows about my love of animals...particularly for dogs. Since my TV news career started in 2004, somehow I gravitated toward working with local animal rescue groups doing everything from volunteering time, helping with fundraisers, doing stories on TV or emceeing events. Over the years the thing that weighed on me the most was seeing our shelters FULL of animals. Whether they were being dumped by their owners, or ended up there as strays, I knew many of those animals who deserved a happy healthy life would never make it out. They would be killed for “space” as they say.
I think about this horrific reality every day. I follow dozens of animal rescues on social media and donate to help, but I knew I wanted to do more. I wanted to help solve the problem of pet overpopulation.
The solution is simple: spay and neuter...but it’s not cheap or easy to get people excited about this! Remember Bob Barker reminding you to “help control the pet population... have your pet spayed or neutered.” That famous quote is a matter of life and death for thousands of animals. After realizing that complaining about overpopulation wasn’t going to change it, I decided to do something about it.
I started a nonprofit called Fix’n Fidos in 2017 to raise money to pay for spay and neuter surgeries for low-income residents of Southern California. We want to educate pet owners on the importance of spaying and neutering their pets and help those who cannot afford it.
My goal is to KEEP DOGS OUT OF SHELTERS! Another way we will do this is by financially assisting pet owner when they can’t afford the unexpected vet bills. Many times dogs are dumped in shelters because their owners don’t have the money to get them urgent medical care. We will step in to help out so they can keep their pets in loving homes. Together we CAN put a dent in the pet population in Southern California and keep pets out of shelters!
- Kacey Montoya
Kacey Montoya's background
Kacey Montoya is an Emmy-award winning TV News Reporter and weathercaster at KTLA in Los Angeles, where she's worked since 2013.
Prior to KTLA, she spent more than five years at CBS affiliate, KOIN-TV, in Portland, Oregon where she was an anchor and reporter. She also spent two years at the CBS affiliate in Palm Springs, California, and a year at WOAY-TV in Oak Hill, West Virginia.
Kacey was born in Orange County, but raised in Dallas. She graduated from California State University, Northridge with a degree in broadcast journalism. At CSUN, she earned many awards including first place for TV in-depth reporting for her talk show on political free speech. Kacey interned at CNN Los Angeles in the entertainment news department.
She won her first Emmy in Palm Springs for her team's coverage of Pres. Gerald Ford's funeral, was nominated for an Emmy in Portland for her morning show team. Since being back in SoCal she won a Golden Mic Award, two LA Press Club awards, and has been nominated for multiple Emmy Awards. She won her second Emmy for her story about the Pawsitive Change Prison Program run by Marley's Mutts.
When she’s not working, you’ll find Kacey with her two rescue dogs or maybe on FaceTime with her family since she is one of seven kids.
Kacey competes on KTLA's triathlon team in the Nautica Malibu Triathlon every year and her team has even won first place! She's a die hard Dallas Cowboys fan and has appeared in several movies and TV shows, including Ray Donovan, where she played a newscaster. Most recently, you may have seen her playing a news anchor in The Forever Purge!
She founded her 501(c)(3) — Fix’n Fidos — in 2017, and has helped “fix” hundreds of pets, and keep hundreds more in their homes by assisting with vet bills and pet food during the pandemic for pet owners who were suddenly out of work.