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Humane Society Again Offering ‘Primp Your Pit’ Program

July 23, 2013, 10:59 AM HST
* Updated July 24, 9:34 AM
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The Hawaii Island Humane Society is once again taking part in the “Primp Your Pit,” a spay/neuter campaign designed for owners of pit bull terriers and pit-bull terrier mixes.

HIHS is one of 49 animal welfare organizations in 24 states taking part in the campaign funded by PetSmart Charities. This year, PetSmart Charities has provided $394,000 for the campaign.

During the month of August, the local humane society plans to spay or neuter 100 pit bull terriers and their mixes for a special $20 rate, which includes a free nail trim.

HIHS said that 8 million homeless pets enter US shelters every year. Many of those are pit bulls, the organization said, because of myths and negative publicity which impact public perceptions of the breed.

“Spaying or neutering a pet is the most effective thing a pet parent can do to prevent unwanted litters from being born that will ultimately end up in local shelters,” said HIHS Executive Director Donna Whitaker.

For pet parents who may be hesitant to get their young puppies sterilized, HIHS noted that the American Veterinary Medical Association endorses spaying and neutering puppies as young as eight to 10 weeks old.

Research shows that the procedure may improve the behavior and health of the pet, including reducing the risk of certain reproductive cancers and infections, HIHS said.

Pit bull parents who wish to take advantage of this special offer must mention the “Primp Your Pit” promotion when they schedule their August appointments. The promotion is based on availability.

Visit HIHS.org or call the Kona shelter at 329-1175 or the Keaau shelter at 966-5458 for more information or to schedule an appointment.

Aside from the Primp Your Pit campaign, the Hawaii Island Humane Society also offers a limited number of certificates for cats and dogs redeemable at participating veterinarians that can significantly reduce the cost of spay and neuter procedures.

Some veterinarians may require pre-appointments or testing as well as pain medications or antibiotics that are not covered under the certificate.

Call the organization’s Spay/Neuter Hotline at 987-7208 for more information on the coupon program.

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