Thursday, June 23, 2005
This week has been the pits.It's been a bad week for pit bulls. As the media contact for the organization, I feel like everyone wants to talk about pit bulls. Not the bazillion kittens we have in the back. Not the cool "Dog Days of Summer" event we are having on Sunday. Not the fact we are doing 35-45 spay and neuter surgeries A DAY at our two Surgery Centers.
Is it nature? Nurture? A combination?
Regardless of the answer, we have a crisis on our hands, and as leaders in the community, we are obligated to take a position.
We are very confident in our process for determining the adoptability of dogs. No one's perfect but we try to be. While we have an excellent record of adopting safe, stable dogs, we can't rely on our record alone.
I would be lying if I were to say we had all the answers, at this time. But one thing we know to be incontrovertibly true: this breed (and breed mix) is over-represented in shelters and in the public, and by irresponsible breeders, and at least one part of the solution is ensuring that no dog, pit bull or not, be unaltered. Spay and neuter is one of the solutions that we KNOW works.
....Did I mention that we spay and neuter pit bulls and pit bull mixes for Alameda and Contra Costa county residents for FREE?