We’re Looking for a Few Good Dogs!
To provide FREE wellness care to your family’s Pit Bull.
Healthy Pit Bulls and Pit mixes between two months and five years of age. To be eligible, you and your dog must reside within the five boroughs of NYC (Manhattan, Staten Island, Brooklyn, Queens and the Bronx).
Times & Places:
Appointments are available on a Mobile Clinic in your neighborhood.
Patients are also accepted on a first come first serve basis at each Mobile Clinic.
All Pit Bulls and Pit mixes will receive the same benefits.
How to Enlist:
Call (877) 900-PITS or (877) SPAY-NYC
Operation Pit is the ASPCA’s canine health program specially designed to help Pits and Pit mixes be all that they can be! Operation Pit offers free spay and neuter surgeries to Pit Bulls, along with free Distemper/Parvovirus vaccinations, free Rabies vaccinations and free microchips. Vaccination and microchipping are optional, but to participate in the program, dogs must receive spay or neuter services. Anyone who lives in any of New York City’s five boroughs may enlist a Pit Bull in Operation Pit—the program is not limited by income requirements. Your photo ID and proof of NYC residency are required when your dog is admitted for surgery.
On the morning of your dog’s visit, your dog will receive a free physical exam. Once he or she has been examined and all paperwork has been completed, you may leave and we’ll let you know when in the afternoon to come back. Your dog is in and out in one day.
Call (877) 900-PITS or (877) SPAY-NYC to find out more or schedule your dog’s visit.
Why should my female Pit Bull get spayed?
Spaying prevents ovarian and uterine cancer and drastically decreases the risk of breast cancer (mammary gland tumors) in your dog. It also eliminates the risk of an infected uterus, which is a surgical emergency and very common in Pit Bulls. Besides giving her the gift of a healthier, possibly longer life, you will never have to deal with an unwanted pregnancy. Handling a dog’s pregnancy and newborn puppies is very expensive. Pit Bulls have large litters of up to 10 puppies—and they all need vaccines and veterinary care.
Why should my male Pit Bull get neutered?
Neutering prevents testicular cancer as well as enlargement and infection of the prostate, both very common in male dogs. Your neutered Pit Bull is less likely to run away, be injured by other dogs, or contract certain diseases.
Will this cost me anything?
No. If the exam reveals that your dog is sick and cannot undergo spay or neuter surgery, we will recommend that you see your regular veterinarian.
What if my dog is a Pit mix?
That’s fine, as long as your dog is clearly a true Pit mix.
What if my dog is older than five?
Dogs that are six or seven years of age may be able to participate in Op Pit depending on their health status. The veterinarian at the clinic will determine if a dog that is 6-7 years of age is a good Op Pit surgery candidate. Pre-operative blood work at your own veterinarian may be recommended prior to spay or neuter. Dogs 8 years of age and older cannot participate in Op Pit; however, there are many health benefits to spay and neuter. Please see your own veterinarian or call (212) 876-7700, ext. 4200, to schedule surgery with a veterinarian at the ASPCA Animal Hospital. The cost of this surgery will be discussed when you call to make an appointment.
I don't want my dog to be spayed or neutered; can my dog still have vaccines or a microchip?
We encourage you to have your dog vaccinated and microchipped, but this can only be done through Operation Pit if the dog is spayed or neutered at the same time.
My dog needs vaccinations other than Rabies and Distemper/Parvovirus. Are those free as well?
Rabies and Distemper/Parvo vaccinations are provided free to Op Pit dogs that are due for the vaccinations. If you would like your dog to receive other vaccinations, please see your regular veterinarian.
My dog is sick/has skin problems/has ear problems/etc. What should I do?
Please see your own veterinarian or schedule a regular appointment at ASPCA Animal Hospital by calling (212) 876-7700, ext. 4200.