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WHS To Offer Free Spay/Neuter Services for Pit Bull Type Dogs September 29 | Pets

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WHS To Offer Free Spay/Neuter Services for Pit Bull Type Dogs September 29
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This story comes to us from Jacquie Toppings:

The Washington Humane Society (WHS), together with Best Friends Animal Society, will offer free spay and neuter services for all pit bull type dogs on September 29. The event is made possible in part by a $15,000 grant from PetSmart Charities awarded to WHS as part of its participation in the Shelter Partners for Pit Bulls Program, designed to encourage responsible pet guardianship and reduce euthanasia of pit bull terriers and similar type dogs, as well as strive to improve the public’s perception of this type of dog.

 

“The Washington Humane Society, like many shelters throughout the United States, has a high population of pit bull terrier type dogs within our care, and they tend to stay in our shelters for longer periods of time in part because of a host of myths and misconceptions about this type of dog,” said Stephanie Shain, Chief Operating Officer, Washington Humane Society. “Working with our partners at Best Friends Animal Society and PetSmart Charities to offer services like free spay and neuter surgeries for these dogs, we hope to educate the public and reduce the number of pit bull type puppies entering our shelters.”

 

Free spay and neuter services will be performed September 29 at the WHS National Capital Area Spay & Neuter Center located in the heart of Capitol Hill at 1001 L St. SE. Pet parents interested in taking advantage of this opportunity should call 202-88-ALTER to secure a spot.

 

Spaying and neutering not only helps reduce pet homelessness, but also protects dogs from many health and behavior problems, making them better family pets. Sterilized dogs are less likely to show territorial behaviors like urinating in the house or fighting, and sterilization makes them less likely to roam or escape from the home or yard. Spaying and neutering also greatly reduces the risk of prostate, ovarian and mammary cancer, and prevents serious infections in female dogs.

 

According to the Centers for Disease Control, dogs not spayed or neutered are nearly three times more likely to bite than sterilized dogs. The American Veterinary Medical Association reports that intact males are responsible for 70-76 percent of reported bites.

 

The Washington Humane Society works in conjunction with Best Friends Animal Society on the Shelter Partners for Pit Bulls Project, with funding support from PetSmart Charities. Best Friends Animal Society works to help pit bull-type dogs through its national pit bull terrier initiative which helps dogs who are battling everything from a sensationalized reputation to legislation designed to bring about their extinction. The campaign’s goal is to end discrimination against all dogs–because they are individuals and should be treated as such.

 

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