Pit bulls often get a bad rap. That’s one of the reasons people who own the so-called bully breed and those who try to find homes for them work hard to dispel the myths.
National Pit Bull Awareness Day, celebrated this year on Saturday, Oct. 27, is an effort to raise awareness about the dog and their responsible owners. The Santa Fe Animal Shelter is marking the day with an adoption event with reduced adoption fees, low-cost spaying and neutering for pit bulls and pit-bull mixes, DNA testing, AKC Canine Good Citizen testing, along with information about pit bulls and their care.
The Pittie Pride event runs from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. in the parking lot of the shelter’s Spay/Neuter & Wellness Clinic, 2570 Camino Entrada.
The clinic is offering spaying and neutering for pit bulls and pit-bull mixes at half price, but appointments must be made for the surgery. Call the clinic at 474-6422 for more information or to schedule an appointment for that day.
Canine DNA testing is $75; the Canine Good Citizen test, which is being conducted by Joey and Hannah Padilla of Santa Fe Tails Dog Academy, Daycare and Resort, costs $5. The AKC-sanctioned program stresses responsible pet ownership and basic good manners for dogs. All dogs who pass the 10-step test may receive a certificate from AKC. The Padillas will conduct the tests from 1:30-3 p.m.