Haywood Spay/Neuter Says No To Bullying

By Haywood Spay/Neuter | Oct 16, 2013
Courtesy of: Haywood Spay/Neuter

October is a very important month for anti-bullying activists in both the dog and human world. Not only is it National Bullying Prevention Month, but it is also National Pit Bull Awareness Month. Because of Haywood Spay/Neuter's successful Operation Pit campaign, which has fixed, vaccinated, and microchipped over 180 pit bull type dogs so far this year for free, the organization has planned a Pitty Party for October 26th. The event will be held from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. at the Waynesville Recreation Center at 550 Vance Street, and it will bring together both social and animal welfare groups with a "Take A Bite Out Of Bullying" theme.

"As an animal advocate, I am painfully aware of the stigma and abuse pit bulls and many other dog breeds face in our society," says Executive Director Chandra Spaulding, "As a mom, I am also painfully aware of the challenges our children face in our society, too. We wanted to find a way to build awareness that bullying takes many forms." The event will feature rescue groups with dogs and cats for adoption, anti-bullying coloring books from the Waynesville Police Department, activities for kids, a doggy 'kissing booth,' and a pet costume photo booth. Food Vendor Maria's Mexican Pueblo will be on hand throughout the day. Rescue groups planning to attend include Sarge's, ARF Jackson Humane, WNC Large Breed K9 Rescue, Catman2 Shelter, Boxer Butts & Other Mutts, and the Beagle Freedom Project. This is a child- and pet-friendly event. Donations are encouraged for some of the photo opportunities and activities. Pat Thomas of PhotoPhetish and Sheryl Mann of Flying Dogs Photography will both be working the cameras.

The event will also feature a low-cost vaccine and microchip clinic for WNC pets from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. thanks to the staff of Appalachian Animal Hospital out of Weaverville, North Carolina. Pre-registration for the clinic is recommended. Microchips are $15, and vaccines start at $11. An enclosed tent will be available for the clinic for the safety of the animals.

Haywood Spay/Neuter has helped over 1,884 dogs and cats be spayed and neutered for low- or no-cost in 2013. Clients can work with two local veterinary partners or have their pets fixed through a partnership with Asheville Humane Alliance. Trips to Humane Alliance run every other week. Self-transport options are available. Current promotions include the Operation Pit program and the $10 Fix All for all other dogs and cats. The nonprofit works to end euthanasia of dogs and cats in animal shelters by eliminating pet overpopulation while also promoting the human-animal bond.

For more information about the Pitty Party or low-cost spay/neuter programs, please contact Haywood Spay/Neuter at 828.452.1329 or visit their Facebook page.