Pit Bulls and Pit Bull mixes are the most prevalent type of dog entering shelters across America. If these statistics don’t shock us into working on creative solutions to help these dogs, the Pit Bull will continue to pay the ultimate price, its life!
- Shelters in large cities across the nation report a “pit bull” population of anywhere from 40% to 60%. The national average being 33%.
- About 75% of municipal shelters euthanize Pit Bulls immediately upon intake, without even a chance at adoption.
- Studies estimate that up to 1 million Pit Bulls and Pit Bull mixes are euthanized per year, or 2800 per day.
- A study by Animal People reports a 93% euthanasia rate for Pit Bulls and only 1 in 600 Pit Bulls finding a forever home. That is correct, 1 in 600!
- Pit Bulls are the most abused, misused and killed type of dog in the US today.
The euthanasia estimates above don’t include the misery and deaths these dogs face as the #1 dog-fighting breed. Dogs that don’t die fighting in the ring often suffer excruciating abuse, neglect, abandonment and eventually death, even worse than humane euthanasia.
Our animal shelters are NOT to blame.
The staff who have to choose which dogs to put down are NOT to blame.
Those who carry out the humane euthanization are NOT to blame.
The problem is that there are too many Pit Bulls and not enough homes and people willing to adopt them.
Stereotypes, laws, irresponsible owners and breeders cause these dogs the ultimate price – their lives!
In October, Oklahoma Alliance for Animals will be rolling out our “Pawsitively Pits” campaign during Pit Bull awareness month. We will be offering FREE spay/neuter services for all Pit Bull and Pit Bull mixes in a targeted zip code for an entire week, but are hoping we can extend this for a full month. In addition to the free surgery, each dog will receive a FREE microchip with registration for life and a rabies vaccine. We will be targeting the zip code where most of these types of dogs are impounded daily from the City of Tulsa. Other zip codes will be added as funds are available.
We hope that many of the Pit Bull pet owners will take advantage of this offer to help reduce the number of dogs entering Tulsa Animal Welfare and help us end the needless suffering.
It will take everyone’s help to give the “Pit Bull” a brighter future.
You can donate to our PAWSITIVELY PIT campaign by sponsoring a surgery ($50.00) for one dog.