Have a pit bull or other bully-breed mix and been thinking about getting them fixed? If you've looked into costs and forgone the procedure as a result of financial hardship, an event hosted by a local Florida Humane Society offering free spay and neuter services in Tampa Bay may just be the perfect excuse to get that taken care of.
"We are excited to announce that, partnered with the Hillsborough County Pet Resource Center, we are offering free spay/neutering to 500 owned bully breed and bully breed mixed dogs..." a Facebook post by Humane Society of Tampa Bay reads, in part. The post is accompanied by a photo of the event flyer that further breaks down the details of what to expect.
The event, dubbed Operation Pit Stop, will take place at two participating locations in the Tampa Bay Area, offering completely free spay and neuter procedures, as well as free DHPP and rabies vaccinations, county licenses, and microchip services, alongside a free bag of dog food.
All procedures will be performed by licensed veterinarians under hospital-like conditions, assuring the safety of each dog and the satisfaction of bull-breed owners.
Sponsorship and collaborative efforts from event partners and non-profits Wings of Rescue, Friends of Miami Animals Foundation, Inc, and Chewy have made everything possible, including a cash prize giveaway for five lucky winners who get their dogs sterilized through the event. Winners will be chosen at random and awarded $1,000 each.
Project Pit Stop's mission? To contribute to stopping the tragedy of bully breeds sitting in shelters and facing untimely euthanasia.
According to their website, bully breeds are known to have larger litters, sometimes up to 12 puppies at a time, and due to stigmas surrounding their alleged aggressiveness, they can be a difficult breed to adopt out. This leads to many spending their lives wasting away in cages, unwanted and unloved — with thousands of puppies and adults euthanized each year.
Most recent statistics from the Humane Society of the United States show that approximately 1 million pit bulls are euthanized each year, accounting for about 40% of all dogs euthanized in shelters nationwide, yearly — this shakes out to about 2,800 daily pit bull put-downs.
Operation Pit Stop aims to stop the tragedy from ever happening in the first place, by eliminating the possibility of unwanted puppies.
"If you are a bull breed owner, we encourage you to do the kind thing for the breed you love, and get your dog spayed or neutered," said Operation Pit Stop organizers.
Operation Pit Stop's free spay and neuter services will be available in Tampa Bay between July 1 and August 15, 2023. Those hoping to take advantage of the event offering will want to call one of the two participating locations, Humane Society of Tampa Bay's Animal Health Center on Armenia Avenue, or Hillsborough County's Pet Resource Center on North Falkenburg Road, providing your name, address, and telephone number to schedule an appointment.
According to Operation Pit Stop's website, once a time is confirmed, a shelter representative will reach out and send the specifics about the event location, preparation process, pick-up and drop-off time, and anything else you may need to know. They say that all information retained is private and used for booking purposes only.
Participating locations and their websites are linked below. To learn more about Operation Pit Stop and its mission, view their website here.
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Operation Pit Stop, Tampa Bay
When: July 1 through August 15, 2023.
Operation Pitstop Website
Article by Rachael Volpe