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Humane Society of Tampa Bay Urges Pit Bull Parents to Prevent Unwanted Litters during their August “Primp Your Pit” Campaign

Primp Your Pit Campaign, funded by PetSmart Charities®, will provide $20 spay/neuter surgeries (and free nail trim) for more than 6,200 pit bull terrier dogs, nationwide

Today, 35 percent of dogs and cats in U.S. households are not spayed or neutered, yet the procedure is one of the most effective ways to reduce the homeless pet population. Unfortunately, pit bulls end up in shelters in large numbers due to myths and negative publicity, which impact public perceptions of the breed.

With 8 million homeless pets entering U.S. shelters every year, the Humane Society of Tampa Bay is helping to solve this problem by participating in PetSmart Charities®’ “Primp Your Pit ” August spay/neuter campaign. This year, PetSmart Charities is providing more than $394,000 in funding so that 49 animal welfare organizations, in 24 states, can perform 6,248 surgeries on pit bull terriers during the month of August.

Locally, the Humane Society of Tampa Bay plans to spay/neuter 75 pit bull terriers and pit bull terrier mixes for the special $20 rate, which includes a free nail trim and colorful bandana. This special rate during the “Primp Your Pit” event applies to all residents of Hillsborough County.

“Spaying/neutering a pet is the most effective thing a pet parent can do to prevent unwanted litters from being born that will ultimately end up in local shelters,” says Sherry Silk, Executive Director of the Humane Society of Tampa Bay.

For pet parents who may be hesitant to get their young puppies sterilized, it’s important to note that the American Veterinary Medical Association endorses spaying and neutering puppies as young as eight to 10 weeks old. Research shows that the procedure may improve the behavior and health of the pet, including reducing the risk of certain reproductive cancers and infections.

Pit bull parents who wish to take advantage of this special offer must mention the “Primp Your Pit” promotion when they schedule their appointments. The promotion is based on availability. Please call the Animal Health Center at 813.870.3304 for more information or to schedule an appointment.