More than one third of the MCSPCA’s dog intake is made up of pit bulls or pit bull mixes, but these dogs make up less than a tenth of our dog adoptions. That means that half the dogs on our adoption floor at any point in time are pitties or pit bull mixes. They have longer lengths of stay than average. The longer the length of stay, the more likely any dog will require behavior protocols and specialized training to remain adoptable during their shelter stay.
The Pittie Project’s goal is to get out into communities and offer support and education to help reduce the number of pit bulls in the shelter.
We plan to do this with a mix of:
• Free spay/neuter surgery for pit bulls or pit bull mixes
• Free vaccinations, microchips, leashes and training
• Targeted Humane Education training through schools and community organizations
Thanks to grant funding, a donation of $75 will cover the cost of a pit bull’s spay/neuter surgery. Any size donation will make an impact!
Specific tactics include:
• A GIS Analysis of pit bulls entering shelters in Monmouth County (in partnership with Associated Humane Society in Tinton Falls) to determine the best areas to target on a block by block basis
• Spay/Neuter, vaccinate and microchip at least 250 dogs in the Vogel Spay/Neuter Clinic
• Vaccinate and microchip at least 1,000 additional pit bull dogs through mobile vaccine clinics held monthly
• Create an addendum to our Humane Education Curriculum specifically focused on pit bulls, and present that program in 75% of schools in areas identified through the GIS analysis
Dog-fighting in America
Even though pit bulls make wonderful family dogs, loving pets and always want to please their owners, their strong, active and loyal personalities have made them a target. In some communities, pit bulls have become a status symbol and money makers for dogfighters, which is causing over breeding and abuse.
Dog-fighting happens throughout the entire country, from big cities to small towns. It is a cruel sport, many dogs are killed or tortured every day.
Education on the horrors of this sport is the first step in stopping the cruelty. Pushing for stronger laws regarding dog-fighters is another way to get involved.
If you hear of dog-fighting in your area or anyone involved in dog-fighting please contact your local authorities or animal shelter. In New Jersey, please call the state’s cruelty hotline, (800) 582-5979. If it is an immediate emergency, please call us at 732-542-0040. We will only ask you to provide information, you will be able to stay anonymous. We cannot take cruelty reports by email.