PAWS launched “The Sarge Fund” in 2010. It was established to provide affordable spay/neuter and vet care for Philadelphia’s Pit Bulls and Pit Bull Mixes. Funded by private donations and a grant from the Animal Farm Foundation they are able to provide this program on a “pay what you can” basis.
The program also promotes a lifetime of health, companionship, and responsible ownership. Since 1 in 4 people in Philly live below the poverty line PAWS is committed to helping owners obtain affordable health care for their pets. They want families to be able to keep their pets and keep them out of the already overcrowded shelters. Their ultimate is to make Philadelphia a no kill city. Donations also enable them to host Community Pet Days monthly in low income Philadelphia neighborhoods. At these monthly clinics pet owners can receive low cost vaccinations, microchips, and information about low cost spay/neuter services. Owners of Pit Bulls receive vouchers for “pay what you can” spay/neuters at PAWS clinic. Volunteers give out free leashes, collars, and other dog items. Also they provide tips on reward based training and responsible ownership.
Donations are accepted and greatly appreciated. Here’s what your donations can provide for a Pit Bull or Pit Bull Mix needing services that “The Sarge Fund”provides.
$10 – registered microchip
$25 – one round of vaccinations
$50 – one spay/neuter surgery
$100 – clinical evaluation and care for a common, treatable illness.
Atomic Dogg magazine
Winter 2010 issue of American Dog Magazine