It is not surprising to learn that Pit Bulls account for almost two-thirds of the dogs in NYC shelters—or that this is mainly due to pet overpopulation. When ASPCA’s Dr. Louise Murray, Vice President of Bergh Memorial Animal Hospital, began brainstorming for a way to encourage the spaying and neutering of Pit Bulls, she turned to her husband’s Fire Department for inspiration.
“My husband, a Captain in the FDNY, works with a lot of guys who aren’t exactly excited to see their dogs emasculated,” says Murray. “I wanted to present spaying and neutering in a way that wouldn’t be such a turn off—and the guys gave me two thumbs-up on the military-themed approach.”
Today, the success of Operation Pit cannot be overlooked. The program, not limited by income or place of residence, offers a free physical exam and free spay or neuter surgeries to all pit bulls, along with free Distemper/Parvovirus vaccinations and free microchips.
“In keeping with the theme, each dog also walks out with a camouflage bandanna and ‘Honorable Discharge’ papers for participating,” explains Murray.
Participation in Operation Pit is by appointment only—sorry, no walk-ins. Call (877) 900-PITS to find out more or to schedule your dog’s visit.