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!