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Thursday, July 17 2014

Primp Your Pit Bull Next Month

Adapted from a Dakin Humane Society press release:

This August, Dakin Humane Society plans to spay/neuter 120 Pit Bull Terrier-type dogs for Pioneer Valley residents at a special $20 rate, which includes a free doggie nail trim, during PetSmart Charities® annual “Primp Your Pit”  campaign.

American Pit Bull Terriers are one of the most popular dogs in the country, yet most urban animal shelters receive disproportionately high numbers of these animals and are challenged with the task of finding homes for them.  Sadly, myths and misunderstandings contribute to high shelter intake and low adoption rates of Pit Bull Terrier-type dogs of all ages.

To reduce the number of these terriers in shelters, PetSmart Charities is providing more than $388,000 in grant funding to 57 animal welfare organizations across the nation so they can sterilize 6, 796 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 adoption center,” says Leslie Harris, executive director at Dakin.

The American Veterinary Medical Association endorses spaying and neutering puppies as young as 8 to 10 weeks old. Research shows that the procedure may improve the behavior and health of the pet, including reducing the risk of certain reproductive cancers and infections.

Pit Bull caretakers who wish to take advantage of this special offer must mention the “Primp Your Pit” promotion when they schedule their appointments. The promotion is based on availability and spaces are limited.  Please visit www.dpvhs.org or call (413) 781-4019 for more information or to schedule an appointment.

PetSmart Charities, Inc. is a nonprofit animal welfare organization that saves the lives of homeless pets. More than 400,000 dogs and cats find homes each year through our adoption program in all PetSmart® stores and our sponsored adoption events. PetSmart Charities grants more money to directly help pets in need than any other animal welfare group in North America, with a focus on funding spay/neuter services that help communities solve pet overpopulation. PetSmart Charities is a 501(c)(3) organization, separate from PetSmart, Inc.

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Dakin Humane Society provides shelter, education, advocacy, and assistance for animals and people in need from its two locations in Springfield and Leverett, MA.  The organization shelters nearly 6,000 animals every year and provides low-cost spay/neuter surgery and vaccinations to 12,000 more.  Dakin is a local, private, non-profit organization that relies solely on contributions from individuals and businesses that care about animals to bring its services to the community.  www.dpvhs.org
 

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