Huntington approves free dog adoptions

September 19, 2018 by  

Recently, the Huntington Town Board, recognizing that October is National Pit Bull Awareness Month, approved a free spay-neuter and adoption event to help the dogs find homes. The town has offered these free services for several years.

Pit bulls were once known as ‘America’s dog’, but have now been stigmatized as being vicious, often because they are treated cruelly by their owners. The Huntington Animal Shelter has proven the dogs’ reputation is undeserved, as it has been able to rehabilitate and find homes for a number of the animals.

In order to encourage people to adopt pit bulls, the Board agreed to the free spay-neuter clinic, which will take place at North Shore Veterinary Hospital. In addition, the Board agreed to allow Little Shelter Animal Rescue to waive its $80 adoption fee for pit bulls and mixes for the month of October. The fee would normally pay for the spay/neuter operation. Operators of businesses like this could distribute business cards at the event to encourage others to attend.

Councilwoman Joan Cergol was one of the co-sponsors of the resolutions, and notes that the program has been successful in the years since it was begun, and she hopes that success will be repeated this October. She would also like to see people lose their misconceptions about pit bulls, and consider bringing home a well-trained, friendly pit bull or mix to become part of the family.