Save-a-Bull Rescue is overwhelmingly grateful for the support of our past adopters, our volunteers and our community over the past many years. With your support we’ve rescued and rehomed hundreds of dogs in need – but that’s not enough.
The vast majority of dogs that come into rescue are unwanted or neglected. From large litters of puppies that would have been euthanized just because there was no space for them, to older dogs that no one cared enough about to give basic care and food. While we love nothing more than to take in and help these wonderful dogs, their situations can be avoided by providing education and basic vetting needs to people in our community.
There are hundreds of responsible families that love their pets but simply can’t afford the care they deserve. We want to help our community give their dogs the care they want to provide them, which will lead to a healthier Twin Cities overall.
On Give to the Max Day, Thursday, November 12, 2015, our goal was to raise $10,000 that will be put back into the community to host four spay/neuter clinics in 2016. These clinics will allow qualified pit bull and pit mix owners to spay/neuter their pets free of charge.*
By helping our community care for their pets, we’ll create a growing network of responsible owners who will become breed advocates for these wonderful dogs. Spayed/neutered dogs are healthier, have better temperaments, don’t wander away from home and of course limit unwanted puppies – all of which is good for them, great for our community and even better for breed perception overall.
Thanks to the overwhelming support of donors, volunteers and local businesses on Give to the Max Day, we exceeded that goal by more than 25%. We are thrilled to be able to move forward with our plans for these clinics!
Why is the spay and neuter of pit bulls important? Read more for the shocking truth about the euthanasia of thousands of pit bulls in America.
Pit Bull dogs have a long road to adoption, often thwarted by prejudices, laws and bans. Yet, would you be surprised to learn that pits are the number one dog being bred in America? That’s right – the dogs that have the hardest time finding homes are also experiencing a baby boom of overpopulation.
It is estimated that there are 3-5 million pit bulls in the U.S. The term ‘Pit Bull’ encompasses mainly three breeds of dog: the American Pit Bull Terrier, the American Staffordshire Terrier, and the Staffordshire Bull Terrier. Considered a ‘bully breed’ and subject to breed specific legislation, they are by far the most euthanized breed
Debates rage over the validity of accusations against them but one thing is certain….they are being killed in shelters at shocking rates.
Pit bulls and pit bull mixes average about 33% of shelter intakes nationally, but in large cities the numbers are as high as 40%-65%. About 75% of municipal shelters euthanize pit bulls immediately upon intake, without them ever having any chance at adoption. Those that are offered for adoption are usually the first chosen for euthanasia when overcrowding forces the shelter’s hand and decisions have to be made.
Studies estimate that up to 1 million pits are euthanized per year, or 2,800 per day. Some estimates are up to double that number. In the Los Angeles area alone, 200 per day are put to sleep. A study by the organization Animal People reports a 93% euthanasia rate for pit bulls and only one in 600 pits finding a forever home. Read that again:
Further, euthanasia estimates don’t include the misery and death pit bulls face as the #1 dog-fighting breed. Fought dogs that don’t die in the ring often suffer excruciating abuse, neglect, abandonment, and eventually death even worse than humane euthanasia.
Our animal shelters are not to blame.
The staff who have to ‘choose’ which dogs to put down are not to blame.
Those who carry out the euthanization are not to blame.
It’s simple math….there are too many pits and not enough people willing to adopt them. Shelters are overwhelmed with dogs who demand space and funds for their care and medical treatment and something’s got to give. It’s the animals, very often pit bulls, and what they give is their very lives.
Until we can educate the public and move them to spay and neuter, we’re just putting a band-aid on a gushing wound. One female dog can produce two litters of 6-10 pups per year. In 6 years that female and her offspring can produce 67,000 dogs
Often, it is the cost of sterilization that keeps pits intact to reproduce. Great work is being done to curb the pit bull overpopulation by organizations such as the San Francisco SPCA. The facility offered one month during which all pit bulls and pit bull mixes were sterilized free of charge. It went so well that they have extended the program indefinitely!
“We know first-hand through previous initiatives…the positive effect efforts like this can have in the community,” says Jeannette Goh, D.V.M., Director of the SF SPCA Spay and Neuter Clinic. “We’re excited to offer this service free of charge from here on out.”
San Francisco has a legal requirement that all pits and pit mixes be spayed or neutered because over 60% of the dogs euthanized in the city are pit bulls. The SF SPCA Spay/Neuter Clinic is part of the Leanne B. Roberts Animal Care Center and is on track to perform more than 9,000 sterilizations this year. During the first month of free sterilization for pit bulls at the facility, spay and neuter surgeries on pit bulls rose 350% from the previous month.
Sterilization of dogs also may increase their lifespan by 1-3 years, as it greatly reduces the risk of cancer and also curbs their urge to roam. Roaming can lead to a short, harsh life on the streets, or…you guessed it…landing in an animal shelter and facing euthanasia.
THANK YOU for every single dollar you donated on Give to the Max Day; for every share, comment and like on social media; and for believing that together we have the power to make a positive impact on our community by offering these spay/neuter clinics.
We’ll share more about our planned clinics including schedule, locations and how you can help spread the word to make sure those who need it most are able to take advantage of the clinics and services we built together.