“Operation Pit” – Assistance for Haywood Pit Bulls
Haywood Spay/Neuter has received a grant from the Ryan Newman Foundation to help encourage more pit bull & pitty mix owners to spay/neuter their dogs in Haywood County. “Operation Pit” offers a free health check-up, free surgery and rabies and distemper vaccinations along with a free microchip, camouflage bandana, and honorable discharge papers to those signing up for this limited time special offer.
Unfortunately, pit bulls have been sensationalized in news accounts of dog attacks and their use in dog-fighting. Many potential owners avoid adopting shelter dogs which seem “pitty”. Out of the 1,703 dogs processed in the county shelter in 2011, 11% were labeled as pit bulls or pitty mixes. Of this number, twenty-five were redeemed by responsible owners. Forty-two were adopted or transferred to rescue groups, but that is only 4% of all the dogs adopted or transferred. In our county shelter a pit bull or pit mix is almost twice as likely to be euthanized as other dogs.
Unfortunately, most families looking to adopt will not take a chance on a shelter pit/mix unless it is a very young puppy. This can be an automatic death sentence for the adult ones, young or old. Rescue groups have difficulty sending pit bulls on transport up north because of breed specific legislation and shelter breed restrictions. It is heartbreaking for shelter volunteers and staff to know that wonderful pits/mixes have to be euthanized because of lack of shelter space, irresponsible ownership, and low probabilities for adoption.
“We are very pleased to have the support of the Ryan Newman Foundation as we take steps to help the pitties in our community,” says Chandra Spaulding, Executive Director of Haywood Spay/Neuter. “So many of the stereotypes about the breed really fall to issues surrounding responsible ownership, and this grant empowers community members to be the owners these dogs need. Spay/neuter prevents unwanted litters from showing up in our shelters. It also helps mitigate undesirable behaviors such as roaming, marking, and aggression. The microchip provides an excellent link back to the owner should the dog show up at the shelter.”
This is a limited time offer, so pit/pit mix owners should act quickly. Sign up for Operation Pit at Haywood Spay/Neuter’s office at 182 Richland Street in Waynesville, Monday through Thursday, 12-5pm. For further information call 452-1329.