Free Pit Bull Spay-Neuter Program

Free Pit Bull Spay-Neuter Program
To reduce the number of pit bulls entering shelters there are no pet owner eligibility restrictions

Due to the overwhelming response, MHS is currently not accepting additional applications for the free pit bull spay/neuter program at this time. Please check back in October for further updates. Thank you.

Each year, the Michigan Humane Society (MHS) adopts out hundreds of healthy, friendly Pit Bull-type dogs to loving homes. But with Pit Bull-type dogs now making up roughly 35% of MHS’ total canine intakes and even more going to local animal controls and rescues, MHS is partnering with a number of local humane organizations to offer a limited number of sterilization certificates that can be redeemed at one of MHS’ three veterinary centers, in Detroit, Rochester Hills and Westland.

The certificates are part of MHS’ commitment to reducing pet overpopulation through preventative measures like education and sterilization.

Far too many Pit Bull-type dogs are entering shelters across the country, and not enough are able to find the home they deserve. Though many pit bull-type dogs make wonderful pets, breed bans, insurance exclusions and misconceptions about the breed result in it often taking longer for Pit Bull-type dogs to find a home.

By offering these spay/neuter certificates at no charge to pet owners, we hope to make a significant reduction in the numbers of Pit Bull-type dogs that humane organizations across metro Detroit are receiving every day.

Certificates are available by contacting one of MHS’ three veterinary centers, in Detroit, Rochester Hills and Westland.

Each sterilization certificate covers the cost of spay/neuter surgery, rabies vaccination for animals four months and older, DHLPP (distemper) vaccination, heartworm testing, pre-surgical blood work for animals five years and older, and pain medication.

The total cost of these services would typically range between $220 and $335. There are no pet owner eligibility restrictions based on income, residential, or any other criteria, in order to receive a certificate.  However, their pet must meet the program’s breed criteria.

Dogs covered under this program must be a Pit Bull-type dog, which include the American Pit Bull Terrier, American Staffordshire Terrier, Staffordshire Bull Terrier, Cane Corso and Presa Canario.

If visual verification cannot be made by the individual issuing the certificate, the final decision of breed approval will be determined by the MHS veterinarian or veterinary technician at the time of the sterilization appointment.

Additionally, MHS’ Cruelty Investigation and Rescue teams, which operate in Detroit, Hamtramck and Highland Park, will have certificates to distribute; their work on the front lines is a daily reminder of just how often Pit Bull-type dogs become the victims of dogfighters and other abuse or neglect. 

Unfortunately, though pit bulls can make loyal and loving pets, they are often exploited by unscrupulous breeders and dogfighters, and humane organizations like MHS end up bearing the brunt of the problem. While MHS has no time limits for adoption and no animals are euthanized for lack of space, the sheer number of Pit Bull-type dogs entering MHS and other humane organizations are stretching already limited resources to the breaking point.

MHS is collaborating with a several rescue groups to further disperse the free Pit Bull sterilization certificates where they are greatly needed in the community, and would like to extend its appreciation to these organizations: Animal Care Network, the Buster Foundation, C.H.A.I.N.E.D., Detroit Bully Crew, and the Friends of the Dearborn Animal Shelter. Rescue groups interested in participating in this program can contact the Michigan Humane Society for more information.

Certificates are available by contacting one of MHS’ three veterinary centers, in Detroit, Rochester Hills and Westland.


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