Pit Bulls have become the centerpiece to an unbelievably cruel world. They are the victim to over breeding, neglect, and violence; only to find themselves behind a shelter door where they will ultimately be euthanized. Shelters are overflowing with Pit Bulls due to intentional and unintentional backyard breeding. There simply are not enough homes or resources to save them.
An estimated 1.2 million dogs are euthanized in the United States every year. Of this number, an estimated 800,000- 1 million of these animals are Pit Bulls. These facts present the gruesome reality that between 2,000-3,000 Pit Bulls are euthanized in a single day.
It is crucial to the future of this beloved breed, for Pit Bull owners to understand spaying and neutering is the only solution we have to ending the number of Pit Bulls being euthanized in the US. Spaying and neutering is the only way to end over population and to prevent unwanted litters.
A few additional reasons why you should spay or neuter your pet:
• A female dog can go into her first heat cycle as early as four months of age. A single female dog can produce two litters of 6-10 puppies a year. In six years that female and her offspring can produce 67,000 dogs.
• Dogs that are spayed or neutered are less likely to roam. Your pet is less likely to get lost, end up in a shelter, or be injured.
• Spaying prevents breast cancer and uterine infection in females. Neutering lowers the risk of testicular cancer in males.
• Rather than breeding your own pet, spay or neuter them and adopt a Pit Bull from a local shelter instead. Your own pet’s health will benefit and you will save a life by adopting a homeless animal.
The entire month of August at Pawmetto Lifeline Spay/Neuter Clinic is going to the Pits- and their mixes. In collaboration with Petsmart Charities, Pawmetto Lifeline will be promoting Pit owners to “Primp Your Pit” by offering spaying or neutering for only $20 for Pit Bull/Pit Bull mixes and free microchipping. There are no income or county restrictions to this grant.
Take the pledge to be part of the solution to end the number of Pit Bulls being euthanized by spaying and neutering your Pit Bull. Call our clinic at 803-465-9100 for more details. Save lives. Support the breed. Primp your Pit.
Take a look at our photo campaigns we did to kick off our Primp Your Pit grant this year!
by Caitlin Gomez, Spay/Neuter Clinic Office Manager, Pawmetto Lifeline