This story originally posted on Feb 24, 2015
Late 2015 we lost a wonderful volunteer in a terrible car accident. The overwhelming passion and outreach by her friends and family inspired us to host our first ever spay and neuter clinic in her memory. It was the first step of our Spay It Forward initiative that we are excited to push forward!
Love Your Dog: Spay or Neuter
Spay and neuter procedures are one of the best, pro-active steps we can take to combat the unwanted pet problem. There are also many health benefits to altering your pets so it’s a great way to show them how much you truly love them.
Save-a-Bull Rescue dedicated this Valentine’s Day to making a difference in the community we love by helping pets in need of spay and neuter. After the tragic death of our volunteer, Alyssa Winters, in December we wanted to do something special in her honor. As support in Alyssa’s memory poured in, we set plans in motion to host a low-cost Spay/Neuter Clinic.
On Saturday, February 14th, 2015 we partnered with Kindest Cut to offer free spay and neuter surgeries for pit bull type dogs. Owners signed up in advance and were asked to pay a small $10 co-pay. Friends and family of Alyssa volunteered their time to help out at the clinic during the day and even made and donated special dog treats for each patient.
All told, twenty-one dogs were altered at this clinic. One of our rescue puppies, Sutton, named in honor of Alyssa’s unborn child, was one of them. Sutton’s foster Lori said “This pittie lover was in Pit Bull Heaven this morning dropping Sutton off for her spay. I got to meet 15 pitties…small ones, big ones, brown ones, blue ones, white ones, puppies, adults…and I got pet and kiss them all! I can tell you Alyssa would have loved it.”
Thanks to your support, twenty non-rescue dogs were altered. According to Dr. Meghann Kruck, “among the owned dogs there were ten females and ten males, eight of which were puppies.” Save-a-Bull covered the cost of these surgeries in combination with the remains of Kindest Cut’s Happy Neuter Year grant funds for the males.
A special thanks goes out to those pet owners who took advantage of this clinic and brought their pit bulls in for surgery. Responsible dog ownership goes a long way in helping pit bulls beat their bad stereotypes!
Save-a-Bull is committed to hosting an annual Spay/Neuter Clinic in Alyssa’s honor around the same time next year. Watch for details!
To learn more about the benefits of spay/neuter visit http://www.kindestcutmn.com/why-spay-neuter
Every year, on the last Tuesday of February, World Spay Day shines a spotlight on the lifesaving power of spay/neuter and the need for affordable services, particularly in underserved communities. Learn more at http://www.worldspayday.org/whyworldspayday/
Thanks to you, Save-a-Bull has had the opportunity to rescue and rehome a lot of deserving dogs this year. But that’s not enough! Supporting spay and neuter assistance programs for our community will promote responsible dog ownership and breed advocacy which is an important part of the work we’re trying to do every day. Donate today and be a part of our Spay it Forward program!