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BADRAP's Owner Support Work
Creating change in our most challenged communities
Why do so many pit bull type dogs land in the shelters? Keeping pets longterm during an economic downfall can bring insurmountable pressures to families living on the edge. Hard times including and especially a general lack of pet friendly housing force heartbreaking surrender decisions for renters. For others, being unable to afford basic health care needs and behavior/training help contribute to pushing dogs into crisis. Our years within the pit bull community has taught us that one of the best approaches to turning the tide for the dogs is to work directly with the residents of some of our most under-served neighborhoods. We can get positive change immediately simply by providing owner support and resources to dog owners who are otherwise unable to afford or access help:
Owner support including free and low-cost spay/neuter surgeries, vaccinations, microchips, leashes/collars and behavior counseling and dog training and - when possible - coaching to help families find and secure pet friendly rentals.
Most dog owners love their pets and want to give them the best care possible. Breed specific laws including mandatory spay/neuter laws target and stereotype dog owners and alienate them from the people who should be their key source of responsible owner information - their local shelters and city agencies. Communities respond more favorably when solutions to dog-related challenges embrace the human-animal bond rather than tear it apart.
Build It and They Will Come
It's probably the most important work any dog activist can do. Our group brings resources and information - marketed as 'Pit Bull TLC' - to select east bay neighborhoods several times a year. By building positive relationships with fellow pit bull owners, we're able to bridge gaps and learn what people's bigger challenges to dog ownership are so those issues can be addressed.
Our Biggest Challenge!
In years past, we struggled with helping our outreach clients accept spay/neuter as a healthy option for their dog. Those days are long gone. Now our biggest challenge is finding a way to meet the need of all of the people who want to get their dogs fixed. We currently work with a small handful of veterinarians who donate their services or offer them at a reduced fee during our event. Each time, we're greeted with a long line of dog owners who show up hours early in hopes of securing a surgery for their pet. Take a peek:
Photos from some of our past events:
Question: Aren't low cost spay/neuter clinics already filling the need?
In the SF bay area, the average wait for a free spay/neuter appointment can be three months or more. Unaltered dogs can reproduce during that time, and dog owners may change their minds and decide not to follow through. With so much need, offering timely, accessible surgeries is critical. Outreach work brings surgeries straight to our communities so the benefits can begin working immediately.
Question: How much do spay/neuter surgeries usually cost?
We're spending between $90 - $300 per surgery, depending on the weight and condition of the dog and how quickly we need an appointment. However the public can pay several hundred dollars for the same. See this list of current PRICES for s/n surgeries in Contra Costa County, for example. No wonder so many people avoid getting their pets fixed.
From a shots fair client:
Thank you guys so very much. Charly was neutered, micro-chipped, and given his rabies vaccine. Without you guys, meeting my pitbull debts would have been extremely stressful. That awesome leather collar donated by Ana, was just the icing on the cake, he is doing great. Love you guys. - Ruben Paredes Jr.
Please join us in creating change
We welcome the help of fellow dog lovers in this important work. If you're a veterinarian or RVT, please consider donating your services to this cause. Contact Christine for more info. Supporters are encouraged to donate so we can the meet the needs of more dog owners in our community. Thank you.
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