My Wednesday column is on The Responsi-Bull Project, a cooperative effort to reduce Pierce County’s pit bull population the right way, through spaying, neutering, training and education.
Let’s start with some of the basics you can read in the column, then move on to interesting info that I could not shoe-horn into the allotted 670 words.
The project, coordinated by the Pawsitive Alliance, has three parts: Pit-Fix, Pit-Ed and Train-A-Pit.
Pit-Fix will offer free spaying or neutering to 30 pit bulls in Pierce County. Coalition HUMAnE Spay & Neuter Clinic at 2106 Tacoma Ave. S. in Tacoma. Call (253)627-7729 for information.
Pit-Ed is a free class from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 18., at Positive Approach Dog Training, 1501 S. Center St. in Tacoma. You’ll need reservations for the event sponsored by Positive Approach and BullsEye Dog Rescue. Call (360)981-7080 or e-mail email@example.com.
Train-A-Pit is a series of four obedience classes from 4 to 5 p.m. or 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Saturdays beginning Jan. 24 at Positive Approach. Participants pay $40 at the beginning and get $10 returned at each class. Use the Pit-Ed contacts to register.
It’s a great effort, but why would Pawsitive Alliance, which is based in North Bend, be spending its money and effort in Pierce County?
Simple, said its board president, Andrea Logan: “Tacoma takes in the most dogs and cats of any shelter in the state.”
In 2007, the Humane Society for Tacoma & Pierce County accepted 15,842 dogs and cats, more than all the shelters in King County. That’s 43 pets a day. Of them, 6,654 were euthanized. That’s 18 a day, including almost two pit bulls and two underage kittens.