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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Jan. 8, 2014

$100K grant will fund free pit bull licensing, vaccinations and surgeries in 64130 and 64132 ZIP codes

PetSmart Charities awarded the City of Kansas City, Mo., Animal Health and Public Safety Division a $100,000 grant to provide free pet licensing, vaccinations and spay/neuter surgeries for owners of unaltered pit bulls and pit bull mixes who reside in Kansas City’s 64130 and 64132 ZIP codes. These two ZIP codes were chosen because they have an estimated 1,400 unaltered pit bulls and pit bull mixes – the most per capita in Kansas City, Mo.

Animal Health and Public Safety, a division of the Neighborhoods and Housing Services Department, hopes these free services will encourage pit bull owners to license their pets, which will reduce the number of stray and abandoned animals and may prevent possible nuisances or public safety threats.

“The cost to spay/neuter, vaccinate and license a pit bull or pit bull mix may be prohibitive for low-income families residing in the target ZIP codes,” said Patrick Egberuare, manager of the Animal Health and Public Safety Division. “By providing these services for free, we hope to alter about 60 percent – or 850 – of the pit bulls and pit bull mixes in these ZIP codes.”

Animal Health and Public Safety employees also hope the grant will improve relations between animal control officers and residents in these areas, as the officers will provide outreach regarding these free services to residents in the coming weeks.

To participate in the program, residents living in the 64130 and 64132 ZIP codes must visit a participating veterinarian, which include the following:

    Spay & Neuter Kansas City, 1116 E. 59th St., Kansas City, Mo.

    For information, call 816-353-0940 or visit www.snkc.net.

    Raytown Animal Hospital, 10401 E. 63rd St., Raytown, Mo.

    For information, call 816-353-3666 or email htrdvm@yahoo.com.

    Northland Animal Welfare Society, 3400 NW Vivion Road, Riverside, Mo.

    For information, call 816-336-1888 or visit www.pcnaws.org.

Participants must present a valid proof of residency to the vet. A maximum of four pets per household are eligible for this service.

The grant will begin immediately and continue until funds are exhausted or September 2014, when the grant expires.

According to City of Kansas City, Mo., ordinance, all pet dogs, cats and ferrets must be licensed. In addition, all pit bulls and pit bull mixes must be altered.

PetSmart Charities is a nonprofit animal welfare organization that awards grants to adoption and spay/neuter programs. They have provided more funding to help pets than any other animal welfare group in North America. For more information about PetSmart Charities, please visit http://www.petsmartcharities.org/.

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