Trixie and Zoey may have seemed a little groggy after being spayed but they still managed to greet their owners with wagging tails and a few kisses Tuesday afternoon.
Their owners, April Runion and Sandi Clark of Tiger, said they were starting to get anxious about getting both of the pit bulls fixed.
Clark said the surgery can be expensive, especially for two animals. But she said they found out about a “blessing” when they called around to price the surgery.
The Humane Society of Northeast Georgia was given $5,000 from an anonymous donor to set up a special fund to offer a reduced price for spay and neuter surgeries specifically for pit bulls.
The program called “Fix Your Pit” offers the surgery for $30 an animal and includes a rabies vaccine if the dog needs one.
Pit bull mixes are also qualified for the reduced-price surgery.
But the number of surgeries the humane society can perform at the reduced price is limited to around 200.
The regular surgery price for dogs at the humane society is $60 to $80, depending on sex and weight.
The center will perform the surgery on any dog that is at least 8 weeks old and weighs 3 pounds.
Julie Edwards, director of development and marketing, said the donor is a passionate pit bull owner and felt bad for the breed that is “now disregarded as worthless.”
She said the donor wanted to help the dogs that are often thought of as vicious and aggressive by providing an opportunity for more of the animals to be spayed or neutered.
Having an animal spayed or neutered doesn’t just prevent overpopulation, which is already a serious problem, it helps prevent health and behavioral problems.
Edwards said the procedure has been shown to reduce aggressive behavior and the tendency to “mark” territory.
As a pre-veterinary student, Runion said she knows how important it is for the animal to be fixed.
“We have eight dogs, (Runion) rescues a bunch, and the program is a big help to us. ... We believe it’s really, really important as pet owners to have them spayed and neutered,” Clark said.
The program began Monday, but through word of mouth and a few Facebook friends, the humane society has already performed 13 surgeries.
The Hall County Animal Shelter also offers low-cost spay and neuter surgeries for cats and dogs for $50 by appointment year-round.