Residents Can Spay/Neuter Their Pit Bull Terriers For $20 In August
By Saul Qersdyn
Published: July 26, 2014 @ 6:00 AM EDT
For the month of August, People For Animals (PFA) is running a campaign called “Primp Your Pit” which will provide $20 spay/neuter surgeries – as well as free nail trims – for Pit Bull Terrier dogs.
The campaign is funded by PetSmart Charities and the goal is to spay/neuter 250 Pit Bull Terrier-type dogs for New Jersey residents.
“Pit Bulls” – as they are commonly referred to – include the Staffordshire Bull Terrier, the American Staffordshire Terrier, and the American Pit Bull Terrier. Pit Bulls are one of the most popular dogs in the country yet an estimated 70% of all dogs housed and euthanized in urban animal shelters are Pit Bull Terrier-type dogs. Myths and misunderstandings contribute to high shelter intake and low adoption rates of Pit Bull Terrier-type dogs of all ages.
To reduce their shelter numbers, PetSmart Charities is providing more than $388,000 in grant funding to 57 animal welfare organizations across the nation so they can sterilize Pit Bull Terrier-type dogs during the August campaign.
“Spaying/neutering your dog is the most effective way to prevent unwanted litters from being born that may ultimately end up in our local animal shelter,” said Jane Guillaume, Executive Director of People for Animals.
People for Animals, Inc. is an independent non-profit animal welfare organization not affiliated with any other humane society or any national or local animal welfare groups. The mission of PFA is to prevent animal suffering through affordable essential healthcare, public policy advocacy, and community programs.
The American Veterinary Medical Association endorses spaying and neutering puppies as young as eight to 10-weeks-old. Research shows that the procedure may improve the behavior and health of pets, including reducing the risk of certain reproductive cancers and infections.
Pit Bull owners who wish to take advantage of the special August offer must mention the “Primp Your Pit” promotion when they schedule their appointments. The promotion is based on availability and space is limited.