Here’s why it’s needed, and how you can help:
While SPOT raises funds to ensure that all dog owners, regardless of income, are able to afford to have their dogs fixed, we can now offer special outreach to Pit Bull and Pit Bull mix owners. We are pleased we received generous matching grant funding from American Bully Breed Rescue Foundation and Luvable Dog Rescue for this project. For information on how you can help keep this program going, click here to learn about our matching fund outreach program.
Nationally, Pit Bulls make up 33% of the shelter dog population. In larger cities, that number often climbs to 65%. Only a small percentage will be adopted. The others will be killed. On any given day, there are over 35,000 pit bulls up for adoption. Annually one million are put down. That’s 2,800/day.
Why are there so many Pit Bulls?
There are a number of reasons. Here are just 4*.
- Popularity of the breed. In 1993 Pit Bulls made up less than 1% of the dog population in the US. By 2003, just those registered had increased fivefold. Unfortunately, many back yard breeders and puppy mills try to make fast money by indiscriminately breeding them with little to no attention to temperament or genetic health issues.
- Litter size. Pits are prolific. A first litter is generally 5–10 puppies. Later litters average 7–12. The chances of these pups being spayed or neutered before leaving their homes is incredibly small, most end up with litters of their own, and the cycle continues, each one generating 10–50 more puppies in their lifetime.
- Breed specific legislation and insurance liability and landlord regulations. In over 700 communities (and growing) in the US there are outright bans on owning Pit Bulls or Pit mixes or mandatory sterilization and special fees and licensing regulations that average citizens can not bear. Landlords/insurance companies often refuse to rent or cover liability for Pit Bulls and other “bully breeds”, thus thousands of Pits end up abandoned or are indiscriminately given away or are surrendered to shelters, even if they have a loving owner, because so many people cannot afford to or are not allowed to keep their cherished pet.
- Pit Bull prejudice. Hundreds of thousands of responsible Pit Bull owners invest the time and energy required to train, love and care for this unique breed. Most Pit Bulls, just like other dog breeds, are wonderful, loving pets. However, Pit Bulls are often stigmatized as being strong willed, difficult to train, dangerous animals who are feared by the general public and the media. Of course, some Pits are bred and cruelly trained for the horrific illegal dog fighting industry. Many of these sorely neglected and horribly abused dogs end up killed, abandoned, or sold with little chance of rehabilitation. Thankfully, there are rescue organizations, generous donors, and animal-loving community members taking on that challenge!
What can I do to help?
- If you own or plan to own a Pit Bull or Pit mix, DON’T BREED him or her. GET THEM FIXED. If you or someone you know qualifies as a low/no income resident of Lane County, SPOT will help you fund your pet’s spay or neuter. Call 541-607-4900 for voucher assistance.
- Do intensive research before you get a Pit Bull. Be sure you are willing to put in the time and patience to train your dog and that you won’t be one of the people who give your dog up because they’re too active or too strong or you can’t take them with you everywhere you’d like or you may move to a place that won’t allow them.
- Don’t support back yard breeders or show kennels that breed numerous litters. PLEASE consider adopting one of the wonderful Pit Bulls or mixes from reputable rescues (check out Luvable.Dog.Rescue.org) or local shelters instead of buying from breeders. Choose a dog with a good temperament over bulky body frames, “blue coats”, “red noses” and similar traits that are favored by those breeding for dog fighting. Sadly these practices indicate irresponsible in-breeding, and are contribute to long term health complications for your dog.
- Donate to SPOT’s Pit Bull Blitz campaign! Help us help the Pits! As an all-volunteer organization with almost no overhead, over 97% of our funds go directly toward vouchers for spay/neuters. Donations may be made here.
* Statistics and data collected from Humane Society of the US, Association for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, San Diego Pit Bull Rescue, and the San Francisco Humane Society.
Thanks to the generous financial support of Luvable.Dog.Rescue.org and American Bully Breed Rescue Foundation, SPOT is able to extend our extremely popular program which has already helped fund fixes for over 150 extra Pit Bulls and Pit Bull mixes! Call us today for information!