OK, let’s face it, pit bulls have a certain reputation and it’s not a good one. Yes, they’re loyal, strong, intelligent, but you have to balance that with the possibility that if your 2-year-old smart-talks them, they may rip his throat open when you step out of the room.
For years, local animal rescue groups have refused to adopt out pit bulls, preferring to humanely send them on to euthanasia heaven. That hasn’t seemed to make much of a dent in the overall pit bull population -- people still want pit bulls for home protection and the occasional sporting/betting occasion.
So now, two separate groups and their commercial sponsors are going after pit bulls from an entirely different angle.
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The Houston Humane Society in its elegantly phrased campaign “Got Pits? Get ‘em fixed!” is offering to spay or neuter 500 pit bulls and pit bull mixes at no cost to the owner. PetSmart Charities is picking up the cost here.
Meanwhile on Friday, August 22, Harris County Public Health & Environmental Services through a grant from PETCO Charities, is partnering with the Spay/Neuter Assistance Program (SNAP) to also offer free snips.
It’ll be first-come, first-served at the SNAP mobile truck at the PETCO Store on Interstate 10 and Uvalde. They figure they can handle 30 dogs that day and there are no financial requirements. For more info, contact SNAP at 713.862.3863 or HCPHES at 281.999.3191.
– Margaret Downing