Lincoln Animal Ambassadors has reached about 85% of its goal for its low cost spay/neuter project, The Mighty and The Tiny. If you own a pit bull, pit bull mix, Chihuahua, or Chihuahua mix that has not yet been spay/neutered or know someone in that situation, contact LAA. The deadline to apply for a voucher for a $25 spay/neuter procedure is Sept. 15.
In June 2015, LAA received a $3,750 grant from Best Friend Society, to be used to provide spay/neuter procedures for pit bull and pit bull mixes (the “Mighty” dogs). Lincoln Animal Ambassadors expanded the offer to include Chihuahua and Chihuahua mixes (the “Tiny” dogs). To date, through The Mighty and The Tiny project, 165 pit bulls, pit bull mixes, Chihuahuas, and Chihuahua mixes have been spayed and/or neutered. Of the 165 dogs altered, 45 were female pit bulls and 42 were female Chihuahuas.
Pit bulls and Chihuahuas are currently at the highest risk for ending up in shelters and for being euthanized. Best Friends Society believes, “...that collaboration with local pet shelters and animal rescue organizations, the people who know their community the best, is key to ending the killing in America’s shelters.”
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By getting your pit bull or Chihuahua spay/neutered, you won’t have to scramble to find homes for puppies. Nor will you will have to worry that any of the puppies could end up in a shelter where they could possibly be euthanized. Instead you will peace of mind knowing that you and your dog won’t be contributing to animal overpopulation.
There are other benefits to having a dog altered. Dogs that have been spayed/neutered will live a longer and healthier life. Spaying helps prevent uterine infections and breast cancer in females, which is fatal in about 50 percent of dogs. Neutering prevents testicular cancer in males if done before six months of age. Dogs will also behave better. A spayed female won’t go into heat, while a male dog will be less inclined to roam and/or mark territory with urine. Many aggression problems can be avoided by early neutering.
If you own pit bull, pit bull mix, Chihuahua, or Chihuahua mix, contact Lincoln Animal Ambassadors for a spay/neuter voucher. You can apply directly at LAA’s website, www.lincolnanimalambassadors.org/mtp or call them at 402-817-1168.
Lincoln Animal Ambassadors addresses the root causes of animal homelessness in Lincoln and the surrounding area. The group prevents unwanted animals with its low cost spay/neuter program and keep animals in their homes with an income-based pet food bank.
Allison Hunter-Frederick is Lincoln Animal Ambassadors' media chair.