The Issue: Spaying or Neutering Minimizes Aggression
According to data from the ASPCA, spaying or neutering pets can help prevent a variety of diseases and reduce behavioral problems. Bully breeds, pit bulls in particular, have developed a reputation as being overly aggressive. Many low-income owners of bully breeds are unable to afford the cost of spaying or neutering their pets, which can play a role in perpetuating the breeds’ negative stereotypes.
The Campaign: Spay and Neuter Bully Breed Dogs
If this Grassroots campaign raises $480, then Pet Project Rescue (PPR) can spay or neuter eight bully breed dogs currently living with low-income owners. Each additional $60 raised will fund another spay or neutering treatment for one dog. Donations will also be matched up to $1,500 by Halo Pets.
Partnering with the Minnesota Spay & Neuter Assistance Program, PPR will provide these treatments free of charge for low-income owners of bully breeds. The dogs can also receive core vaccinations and microchip treatments at a reduced cost.
Donations will be matched up to a $1,500 total by Halo Pets. You can follow the progress of this and other Grassroots campaigns at the Groupon Grassroots website.
Pet Project Rescue
When Matt and Maia, co-founders of Pet Project Rescue, first learned of the dogs struggling to survive on the streets of Isla Mujeres, Mexico, they knew they had to help. They founded PPR and began working with a similar organization in Mexico, Isla Animal Rescue, to rescue these dogs, give them medical care, and place them in foster homes in Minnesota. While waiting to be adopted, the dogs continue to receive vet care and training from PPR.
Today, the organization has expanded its focus by rescuing cats and dogs from local animal control and high-kill shelters. It also provides free spay or neutering treatments for homeless cats, as well as cats and dogs owned by low-income families, with the aim of ending the homeless-pet epidemic.