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Happy Anniversary to ASPCA's Operation Pit!

Tuesday, July 24, 2012 - 1:00pm

Guest blogwritten by Ed Sayres, ASPCA President & CEO. 

Did you know that this month marks the two-year anniversary of Operation Pit? We started the Operation Pit program in July 2010 to encourage spay/neuter of Pit Bulls in New York City by offering free spay/neuter, microchipping and vaccinations to young Pit Bulls and Pit mixes.

Why did we start this program? The main reason was to help address the Pit Bull overpopulation issue. But maybe it’s also because we’ve got a soft spot for these guys and gals who often get an unfair bad rap. In recent years they’ve received negative media attention citing them as "inherently dangerous" to the public. And because Pit Bulls make up an overwhelming majority of homeless dogs found in shelters, there is a constant struggle to place these pups.

Enter Operation Pit!
The only requirement for participation is that the dog be in good health and between three months and six years of age, and live in the five boroughs. There are no financial requirements and appointments are now available every Monday through Friday at Bergh Memorial Animal Hospital (BMAH) and select Sundays at the Spay/Neuter Clinic in Glendale. Every day is Operation Pit day on the mobile clinics, where Pit Bull surgeries have always been free of charge.

A big thank you goes out to everyone involved in this program, and happy anniversary to Operation Pit!

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Charlotte Perez

You guys are AWESOME! Thanks for all you do!

Katie

Thank you! Keep it up! xo

mercedes

So happy to see others giving these guys the fighting chance they deserve! Ignorance is the culprit of misbehavior. Thanks for all your hard work!

Houston

Thank you for what you do operation pit! I have the sweetest pit bull at home and I love her more than any dog I have ever had and she is nothing but a big teddy bear. All she wants is to be loved. She was abused before we adopted her and I'm so glad we did. Keep up the hard work and may God bless your work!

Deanna Basile

Warms my heart! Keep up the great work!

Jennifer Gillen

I want to thank you guys and gals for all you do I have to and I can tell you I will never give them up for nothing Thank you again for what you do

A. Tucker

I Live in the CENTRAL VALLEY, THE OVERPOPULATION OF BULLIES IS OUTRAGEOUS!! I HAVE WORKED IN ANIMAL CONTROL AND VOLUNTEERED FOR A BULLY NON PROFIT RESCUE. I HAVE AND STILL SEE OVERPOPULATION AND BREEDING. I HAVE RESCUED A EMANCIATED FEMALE APBT A YEAR AGO> SHE HAD BEEN USED FOR BREEDING THEN DISCARDED.BREEDING LAWS HAVE TO BE MADE TO PREVENT THIS SUFFERING !!

Bonnie Williams

I'm happy to find out about Operation Pit. Now if such generosity could come from, say,the AKC for all dogs and cats. So many lives would be saved. The choice would be the pet owners/parents.