Planned spay and neuter program targets pit bulls
by RACHEL DAVIS
Jul 26, 2012 | 3515 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Alabama Spay and Neuter Clinic will host its ‘Primp Your Pit’ program during the month of August. - file photo.
The Alabama Spay and Neuter Clinic will host its ‘Primp Your Pit’ program during the month of August. - file photo.
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The Alabama Spay and Neuter Clinic is offering a program called “Primp Your Pit” during the month of August. The program will allow owners of pit bulls or pit mixes to be spayed or neutered for just $20.

Kristy Jaska of the Alabama Spay/Neuter program said a grant from Petsmart Charities made this discount program possible.

Jaska said the prevalence of pit bulls or pit mixes in shelters, along with the higher propensity for the animals to be abandoned or mistreated, is the reason for the focus on the breed.

Only the first 100 pits registered for the program will be spayed or neutered at the reduced price so Jaska encourages anyone interested in the program to call and reserve their space. You must mention the program at the time of scheduling to receive the discount. Reservations can be made by calling (205) 956-0012.

Reservations can be made at any time that the animal can be delivered to the clinic at 2721 Crestwood Boulevard in Birmingham. For those who can’t take their pets to Birmingham, a transport from Walker County will be provided on Aug. 15. The pick-up point will be at Barry’s Furniture on Highway 78 in Jasper at 7 a.m.

The price also includes a nail trim for the dog. Any required vaccinations, pain medicine and other services cost extra.

A Capstar flea treatment is mandatory, as is a current rabies vaccination.

This program cannot be combined with other offers or discounts, rescue groups and shelters are not eligible for the offer and dogs that do not look like pit bulls or pit mixes are not eligible.

“This is a wonderful program,” said Jennifer Bidwell, of the Walker County Animal Shelter. “They are some of the sweetest dogs.”

The clinic also offers year-round discounted spay and neuter surgeries at a rate of $80 for a female dog, $65 for male dog, $65 for a female cat and $45 for a male cat. There is an additional $15 for female dogs who are pregnant or in heat at the time of the surgery.

There may also be additional fees for large dogs.

They also provide feral cat spay or neuters, plus a rabies vaccination for $50. Individuals who are attempting to reduce the feral cat population in their area may qualify for an addition discount, but the cats must be in a trap.

Bidwell stresses that there is a need for increased spaying and neutering across the board, and she hopes residents will take advantage of the clinic’s services to help alleviate the problem of pet overpopulation.

“We are in serious cat season right now,” Bidwell said. “We have a serious overpopulation problem due to a lack of spaying and neutering.”

Bidwell also believes the expense of having a pet spayed or neutered is easily offset by the benefits.

“They are healthier, and they live longer, so it pays you back so quickly,” Bidwell said.