Petco awards $30K for pitbull programs

The United Coalition for Animals recently was awarded a $30,000 grant from the Petco Foundation to support its Save the Pitbulls program.

UCAN operates a nonprofit, low-cost spay/neuter clinic in Cincinnati that works to end the euthanasia of healthy and treatable homeless cats and dogs in area shelters. Through the aid of the Petco Foundation, UCAN will be able to continue to offer free sterilization surgery and rabies vaccines (required by law) for pitbulls and pitbull mixes. To ensure everyone in its service area has access to professional spay/neuter services, UCAN provides free transports to its clinic from 11 counties in southwest Ohio, northern Kentucky and southeast Indiana.

“The great majority of dogs in our Hamilton County shelter and the county shelters in our service area are pit bulls and/or pit bull mixes, and it is very difficult to find good adoptive homes for them because of unfair stereotypes about the breed,” said Melanie Corwin, UCAN’s executive director. “This generous grant from the Petco Foundation will enable us to help 350 pit bulls by providing them with free sterilization surgery, preventing more unwanted pit bulls from being born and ending up in overcrowded shelters where they face euthanasia.”

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