Free spay or neuter for pit bulls; project starts in Church Hill

By Jola Szubielski - bio | email

Richmond animal welfare groups are working together to keep pit bull strays off the streets and out of shelters. They are going door to door offering pet owners free spay and neutering services.  

Ninety-nine percent of the pit bulls and pit-mixes Animal Care and Control pick up are not fixed. So far, they have 19 strays at their shelter awaiting adoption. 

As a proactive measure, members of the "Richmond Neuter Project" are making their way around the city. Starting first in Church Hill, and are urging pet owners to have their animals spayed or neutered.   

It's something that's already mandatory in Richmond for dogs and cats that are four months or older. 

The services are free. The Richmond SPCA is donating the surgeries and Richmond Animal Care and Control will provide transportation.

"We all love pit bulls so we wanted to reach out to the special needs population," says Amy Hendrickson of the Richmond Neuter Project. "A lot of dogs are ending up on the street and they're in tact."

The free services being offered also include a free rabies vaccination, city license, even a leash and a collar. So far, nine pit bulls have been scheduled to for surgery.

Pet owners can call (804) 646-0300 or log onto for more information.

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