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THE SNP LA 2ND ANNUAL PITBULL CHALLENGE FUND LAUNCHES
FUND MADE POSSIBLE BY THE ASPCA, PEDRO PET PALS, ERIKA BRUNSON & SPAY NEUTER PROJECT OF LOS ANGELES (SNP LA)
Los Angeles (June 12, 2015) – The greatest concentration of Pitbulls in animal shelters coincides with thelowest income areas in the Los Angeles region. In these communities, the predominant reason families relinquish their pets to a shelter is a lack of access to affordable spay/neuter surgeries. In an ongoing effort to raise awareness within the Los Angeles community about this issue, SNP LA’s 2nd Annual Pitbull Challenge Fund is set to launch June 15, 2015. Made possible by grants from the ASPCA®(The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®), Pedro Pet Pals, Erika Brunson, with Spay Neuter Project of Los Angeles (SNP LA), and peer-to-peer raised funds, this special service fund will aim to provide 250 Los Angeles Pitbull owners access to free spay/neuter services, animal behavior tips, special pet owner offers and discounts, and information about how to ‘spay it forward’ within their communities.
The three organizations will collectively provide $25,000 to this fund. The generous grant denominations of $10,000 from Pedro Pet Pals, $5,000 from the ASPCA, a $5,000 gift from Erika Brunson, and a $5,000 rolling community match program will be distributed across SNP LA’s three California locations: Pico Rivera, San Pedro and Van Nuys. With an average cost of over $100 per dog for spay/neuter services, the initiative, titled The SNP LA 2nd Annual Pitbull Challenge is seeking help from private donors and worldwide Pitbull lovers to keep the momentum going and generate continued funds.
“We want every pet owner in Los Angeles who wants spay and neuter services to have access to this safe and effective procedure,” commented SNP LA Medical Director Dr. Elaine Lukic, DVM. “To have successfully cared for 150,000 animals since first opening in 2007, is a testament to the dedication of our staff and the continued advocacy for spay and neuter by partners like TheASPCA, Pedro Pet Pals and Erika Brunson.”
“The ASPCA is committed to providing better outcomes for the animals of Los Angeles, and we are proud to contribute to this initiative that will provide critical services to the Los Angeles community,” said Jill Buckley, senior director of Community Initiatives for the ASPCA. “We share SNP LA’s goal to end the euthanasia of healthy, adoptable pets in Los Angeles animal shelters and we know that makingspay/neuter services more widely available to the public is a crucial element of making that vision a reality.”
Theresa Sardisco, founder of Pedro Pet Pals explained, “Pitbulls are a wonderful breed that are far too often misunderstood. Pedro Pet Pals wants to do all we can to support them as a breed and educate the community to spay and neuter their pets and help them live longer, healthier lives.”
Special guest, Senator Isadore Hall will be making an appearance to raise awareness with a special open house event at the SNP LA Harbor location (957 North Gaffey Street) from 8:00 AM–10:00 AM PST on Wednesday, June 17, where visitors will enjoy food and beverages, prizes and tips for pet owners on responsible pet care. All information on this new grant is available in both English and Spanish to ensure the message is received throughout the community.
As the largest nonprofit spay and neuter animal welfare organization in California, the vision of SNP LA is to ensure that spay, neuter and veterinary wellness services are affordable and accessible to all pet owners in the Los Angeles area and to create an environment in which animal shelters no longer rely on euthanizing animals as a way of controlling pet population. By the end of 2015, SNP LA will reach the milestone of 150,000 spayed and neutered cats and dogs — preventing millions of animals from being born into homelessness. For more information, please visit http://www.snpla.org
Media contact for SNP LA:
Director of Development