We’re Looking for a Few Good Dogs!
To provide FREE wellness care to your family’s Pit Bull.
Healthy Pit Bulls and Pit mixes between four months and six years of age. To be eligible, you and your dog must reside within the five boroughs of NYC (Manhattan, Staten Island, Brooklyn, Queens and the Bronx).
Times & Places:
How to Enlist:
Call (877) 900-PITS or (877) SPAY-NYC
Operation Pit is the ASPCA’s canine health program specially designed to help Pits and Pit mixes be all that they can be! Operation Pit offers free spay and neuter surgeries to Pit Bulls, along with free Distemper/Parvovirus vaccinations, free Rabies vaccinations and free microchips. Vaccination and microchipping are optional, but to participate in the program, dogs must receive spay or neuter services. Anyone who lives in any of New York City’s five boroughs may enlist a Pit Bull in Operation Pit—the program is not limited by income requirements.
On the morning of your dog’s visit, your dog will receive a free physical exam. Once he or she has been examined and all paperwork has been completed, you may leave and we’ll let you know when in the afternoon to come back. Your dog is in and out in one day and goes home with gifts including a camouflage bandana.
Participation in Operation Pit is by appointment only—sorry, no walk-ins. Call (877) 900-PITSor (877) SPAY-NYC to find out more or schedule your dog’s visit.
Why should my female Pit Bull get spayed?
Spaying prevents ovarian and uterine cancer and drastically decreases the risk of breast cancer (mammary gland tumors) in your dog. It also eliminates the risk of an infected uterus, which is a surgical emergency and very common in Pit Bulls. Besides giving her the gift of a healthier, possibly longer life, you will never have to deal with an unwanted pregnancy. Handling a dog’s pregnancy and newborn puppies is very expensive. Pit Bulls have large litters of up to 10 puppies—and they all need vaccines and veterinary care.
Why should my male Pit Bull get neutered?
Neutering prevents testicular cancer as well as enlargement and infection of the prostate, both very common in male dogs. Your neutered Pit Bull is less likely to run away, be injured by other dogs, or to contract certain diseases.
Will this cost me anything?
No. If the exam reveals that your dog is sick and cannot undergo spay or neuter surgery, we will recommend that you see your regular veterinarian.
What if my dog is a Pit mix?
That’s fine, as long as your dog is clearly a true Pit mix.
What if my dog is older than six?
Dogs that are older than six cannot participate in Op Pit; however, there are many health benefits to spay and neuter. Please see your own veterinarian or call (212) 876-7700, ext. 4200, to schedule surgery with a veterinarian at ASPCA Animal Hospital. The cost of this surgery will be discussed when you call to make an appointment.
I don't want my dog to be spayed or neutered; can my dog still have vaccines or a microchip?
We encourage you to have your dog vaccinated and microchipped, but this can only be done through Operation Pit if the dog is also spayed or neutered at the same time.
My dog needs vaccinations other than Distemper/Parvovirus. Are those free as well?
Rabies vaccination is provided free to Op Pit dogs that are due for the vaccination. If you would like your dog to receive other vaccinations, please see your regular veterinarian.
Will my dog get pain medicine after the procedure?
Yes, your dog will receive two to three days of pain medication to take home at no charge.
My dog is sick/has skin problems/has ear problems/etc. What should I do?
Please see your own veterinarian or schedule a regular appointment at ASPCA Animal Hospital by calling (212) 876-7700, ext. 4200.