Pit Bull over population is a big problem for the Sacramento SPCA, but thanks to a grant from the PetSmart charities, owners of Pit Bulls in the Rancho Cordova area can now get their pit or pit mix spayed or neutered for free.
Leslie Kirrene with the Sacramento SPCA says of the 13,000 homeless animals that come to them, a quarter are Pit Bulls or Pit Bull mixes.
“The reason that we are targeting this area with the grant is that we receive a considerable number of our stray Pit Bulls from this area,” Kirrene said. “And we hope that by getting over 600 of these dogs spayed or neutered that it will cut down on the stray population coming in to our shelter.”
Population control is just one of the benefits.
“Not only can it improve a pet’s health, and the longevity of their life, but it can improve their behavior, can make them more apt to stay at home and not stray, and can make them better family pets,” Kirrene told FOX40.
Money is also a good motivator.
“One of the other benefits of this program or of having a pit bull spayed or neutered, is it cuts down on licensing fees by over a hundred dollars a year.”
The procedures are by appointment only and you must live in either the 95670 or 95827 zip codes. To make arrangements call (916) 504-2825.
The SPCA offers similar programs in Sacramento and West Sacramento, called “We Pay to Spay.”
James Myers filed this report.