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Pit Bulls Saved By $1 Million Grant From PetSmart Charities

Pit Bulls Saved By $1 Million Grant From PetSmart Charities


PetSmart Charities is doing their part to stop overcrowding in animal shelters and the senseless killing of two of the most euthanized pets across the country. They have awarded $1 million in grants for a nationwide spay and neuter campaign for pit bulls and cats.

The campaign called “Primp Your Pit” is being offered during August at 63 non-profit spay and neuter clinics in 30 states. The goal is to sterilize 6,750 pit bulls during the month.

The grant program, which hopes to reduce overcrowding in city animal shelters, offers spay and neuter surgeries for a special rate of $20, including a free nail trim.

PetSmart Charities reports that 35 percent of cats and dogs in U.S. households are not spayed or neutered. “Pit bulls, in particular, end up in shelters in large numbers due to the myths and negative media and public perceptions that are associated with the breed.”

“Our national grant program gives much-needed help to pit bull terriers that are especially at risk,” said Susana Della Maddalena, executive director of PetSmart Charities, Inc. “Through the ‘Primp Your Pit’ promotion and our ongoing efforts to make affordable spay/neuter surgeries available to the public, pet parents can prevent unwanted litters and ensure their pet lives a long, happy life.

Each year approximately 8 million pets end up in shelters and 4 million of them – about 11,000 a day – are euthanized. Many become homeless as a result of accidental litters from parents that are not fixed.

In February the grant program ran another campaign to sterilize cats, called “Beat the Heat.” It tried to spay and neuter cats before “kitten season” began in the spring. The effort was very successful and spayed and neutered 17,000 cats in one month.

Participating “Primp Your Pit” clinics are listed on the PetSmart Charities website.

PetSmart Charities was established in 1994 as a non-profit organization to create and support programs that save the lives of homeless pets, raise awareness of companion animal welfare issues and promote healthy relationships between people and pets.


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2:37PM PDT on Aug 30, 2014

Thank you so much, PetSmart for caring for the pets sooo well, especially the pits are normally the first on the death rows, at least in those countries where they´ve got kill shelters, Germany´s got none at all!

1:41PM PDT on May 27, 2014

Thank you Petsmart and your charities for being there for the Pits and the Cats.

12:58PM PST on Dec 1, 2013

Now the next thing they should do is stop selling live animals ,there are simply too many as it is,and by doing that it would have a ripple affect, it would at least slow the production in all kinds of animal mills, puppy mills ext....

7:36AM PDT on Mar 23, 2013

I love Petsmart! The do what they say they're going to do and the DO save lives with their charities. When you shop there, you can donate while you are paying and help them continue doing what they do. I always give a dollar or two on top of my bill to help. They walk the walk, not just talk the talk.

1:57PM PST on Nov 16, 2012

Thank you for sharing.

2:07PM PST on Nov 4, 2012

thank you

7:06AM PDT on Oct 30, 2012



8:31AM PDT on Oct 21, 2012

Most stellar Petsmart..unlike your competitor Petco who throws live baby iguanas away!!

8:43AM PDT on Oct 20, 2012

Great job, PetSmart. I will shop at PetSmart from now on.

4:42PM PDT on Sep 23, 2012

Wonderful news! Thanks for posting!

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