BARC (Benefiting Animals Through Responsibility and Compassion), a St. Louis animal welfare organization, is currently offering a special promotion for individuals with a low-income status to fix their Pit Bull or Pit Bull mix breed dogs for free. Additionally, the City of St. Louis Department of Health is chipping in by offering $10 grocery gift cards to the first 50 individuals that sign up.
"A majority of the animals that come into our City of St. Louis Animal Care and Control (ACC) shelter are Pit Bull or Pit Bull mixes," says ACC Veterinarian, Dr. Frei. "Pit Bulls are the new 'in' breed, just like Rottweilers, Doberman Pinschers, and German Sheperds were popular in other decades. However, a lack of spaying and neutering has resulted in a serious problem in pet over-population, especially with this breed. This program removes the financial barrier pet owners may face when wanting to get their pet fixed, and encourages St. Louis citizens to be responsible pet owners."
In its 10th year of operation serving low-income pet owners, BARC has been awarded a $25,000 grant from the Petco Foundation and $9930 from Pit Bull Rescue Central. These generous donations will cover the costs to fix 700 Pit Bulls and Pit Bull mixes. Without this service, these dogs could produce thousands of offspring, most of which would end up in shelters or euthanized.
"Targeted spaying and neutering is the only way to end pet overpopulation,” said Lynne Hilderbrand, who cofounded BARC with her sister Nancy Duncan in 2002. “This grant from the Petco Foundation and Pit Bull Rescue Central enables us to keep working toward our goal of eliminating the need for euthanizing adoptable animals. Because so many animals are not fixed, shelter and adoption programs simply cannot keep up with the current rate at which cats and dogs reproduce. As a result, an estimated 20,000 animals a year are euthanized -- in our region alone.”
To schedule your free Pit Fix, please call the Carol House Quick Fix Pet Clinic at 314.771.PETS (7387). Be sure to ask about other optional services offered.
BARC (Benefitting Animals through Responsibility and Compassion) seeks to reduce the euthanasia of healthy/adoptable pets to ZERO.
As the leading spay-neuter organization in St. Louis serving low-income pet owners, BARC has provided more than 23,000 spay-neuter surgeries since 2003. BARC continues to grow each year and is on track to deliver 4,800 spay/neuter surgeries in 2013. The all-volunteer organization serves the entire St. Louis region (including Illinois), without residency restrictions or limits on the number of pets per family. By funding spay-neuter operations, BARC enables people to do the right thing for their animals even if they are unable to afford the fees typically charged by clinics.
For more information, visit www.barcstl.org.
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