The McKamey Animal Center has applied for and been awarded a $55,000 grant from Petsmart Charities that will enable local participating veterinarians and Wally's Friends to join McKamey in the mission to alter a minimum of 1,000 pit bulls and pit mixes. Their goal is to work together to stop the influx of unwanted puppies.
The dogs are often referred to as one of the "bully breeds" due to their blocky heads and bulldog ancestry not because of their temperament.
Approximately 40 percent of the dogs that enter the McKamey Animal Center are pit bulls or pit mixes. These dogs are often hard to place because of stereotypes and misconceptions about the breed, or because they have been abused or misused. In order to proactively block the influx of these dogs, and reduce the number of unwanted or unmanagable canines entering the McKamey Center, a proactive new community program dubbed the Bully Blockade is now available to residents of the city of Chattanooga.
Coupons for free surgeries will be available at the Mckamey Center, from a McKamey officer, at Wally's Friends or participating veterinarians. Veterinary hospitals that are participating in the Bully Blockade will be posted on McKamey's website at www.mckameyanimalcenter.org
All dogs that are altered through the grant must be vaccinated for rabies at the owners expense ($10). Rabies vaccinations are available at the time of surgery. A limited number of coupons for free spay neuter are available.