Young-Williams celebrates National Pit Bull Awareness Month

(Photo: Young-Williams Animal Center)

KNOXVILLE (WATE) – October is National Pit Bull Awareness Month and Young-Williams Animal Center is celebrating.

The organization lowered its adoption fee for pit bulls and mixes to $20 during the month. Young-Williams hopes to educate the public.

“The pit bull is one of the most commonly misunderstood types of dogs at the shelter, which makes it tougher to find them homes,” said Janet Testerman, CEO of Young-Williams Animal Center. “Under the care of responsible pet owners, ‘pitties’ make great pets.”

Adopted dogs will receive an exam, spay/neuter surgery, vaccinations, a microchip and more. One of the dogs is available is Rob Roy, a 4-year-old Argentine Dogo/mix.

Many of the dogs at the center are pit bulls. The organization will offer spay/neuter surgeries for pit bulls and mixes for $20 to help reduce the number of homeless and stray pit bulls.

The center is asking pit bull owners to post photos of their dogs on the Young-Williams Animal Center’s Facebook page to help educate the community.

“We hope that by offering these programs and services to improve the lives of these dogs, we can dispel myths and promote the truth about pit bulls,” Testerman said. “Our ultimate goal would be to see fewer pit bulls ending up in animal shelters.”

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