FiXiT Celebrates Three Year Anniversary of GetYourFix Program with Free Spay/Neuter for Pit Bull Terriers
Virginia Beach, VA, March 30, 2014 --(PR.com
)-- Happy Birthday GetYourFix! GetYourFix was launched by FiXiT in March 2011 in response to many requests from people caring for animals – many that came to them as a stray or rescue – that needed help with the cost of a spay and neuter surgery. In those short three years, the organization has supported over 1600 surgeries thanks to the generosity animal lovers all over the country.
Since its humble beginnings, GetYourFix.org site has had a complete makeover and new services are continuously being developed to promote spay/neuter and sponsorship for animals profiled on GetYourFix including. FiXiT estimates that hundreds of thousands of people have come to the site to get more information about spay/neuter.
"We try to focus on the animals most at risk of accidental breeding that will result in unwanted litters – homes that have both unaltered males and females and where caregivers are struggling financially,” said Dr. Kellie Heckman, Co-Founder of FiXiT.
“There has also been a focus on providing free surgeries for pit bull terriers, a group of dogs that is most at risk of ending up in a shelter. It is estimated that 1 in every 4 pit bulls will be homeless at some point in their life. In just 2013, 250 pit bulls were fixed through GetYourFix. We plan to celebrate our milestone by continuing to focus on helping pet owners get their animals spayed and neutered.” FiXiT recently received a grant from The Humane Society of the United States funded through the Lowell Fund to fix 100 pit bull terriers in Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Missouri, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Texas.
An example of a GetYourFix success is Dan, a dog owner that has been unemployed for five years, losing his health insurance and exhausting most of his retirement money just to get by. However, he loves his three female pit bull terriers and wants to give them the best life. One of his dogs, Daisy, had a litter of puppies this year, but thanks to GetYourFix sponsors, all three dogs are now spayed.
FiXiT is a 501(c)(3) tax exempt nonprofit based in Norfolk, VA that was formed in response to the death of millions of cats and dogs every year in U.S. shelters. Current low cost spay/neuter efforts have placed us on a plateau with minimal change in the rate of euthanasia over the past 10 years. They knew that a new strategy was needed to stop this needless loss of life, one that was informed by strategic research and one that responds to the different perspectives of pet owners across the country. Visit http://fixit-foundation.org to learn more.