Animal welfare organizations collaborate to provide services and celebrate pit bull terriers in the Bronx Saturday, Oct. 23.

Nothing is more petable, hugable and loveable than a pit bull terrier!

And to help publicize this fact, Best Friends, the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals, and the ASPCA are teaming up to present Pet Bull Palooza, a celebration of pit bull terriers and other short-haired muscular mutts and their families at Crotona Park in the Bronx on October 23.

Come support responsible dog guardianship while taking part in the festivities as well as special offers:

  • Free spay/neuter
  • Free vaccinations and microchip
  • Free ear cleaning and nail trimming
  • Free leashes and collars for first 300 dogs
  • Free toys and treats for first 300 dogs
  • Free dog food

“When free and low-cost services, such as spay/neuter and vaccinations, are provided to communities that often lack those resources, we generally receive a lot of gratitude,” says Ed Fritz, Pit Bulls: Saving America’s Dog campaign specialist. “And it is through collaborative efforts, like Pet Bull Palooza, that we will achieve No More Homeless Pets.”

Not only will there be five ASPCA mobile vehicles on hand to spay and neuter day of, but appointments will be made for additional spay and neuter surgeries at a follow up date.

And that’s a great thing for the many families in the area who love their pit bull terriers.

“The South Bronx area has a large concentration of bull terrier breeds, and while our main goal is to bring resources to help people become better educated about their dogs, it’s also about having a good time, and celebrating all the reasons we love ‘pet bulls,’” says M DeMarco, Best Friends’ New York campaign coordinator.

Date: Saturday, October 23
Time: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Location: Crotona Park in Bronx, New York (map to location)

  • Volunteers are needed for Pet Bull Palooza, including promotion prior to the event, assistance during the event (particularly from people who speak Spanish) and post-event clean-up. Anyone interested should sign up to volunteer online or email [email protected]
  • Help spread the word. Click on the image to the right to check out the Pet Bull Palooza event flyer – in both English and Spanish. 
  • For animals being spayed/neutered: Animal(s) less than four months of age should be fed a small meal at about 6 a.m. on the morning of surgery. For animal(s) greater than four months of age, remove food from animal at midnight prior to surgery. Do not withhold water at any time prior to admission of surgery.
  • Become a fan of Pit Bulls: Saving America’s Dog campaign to learn more about misconceptions surrounding pit bull terriers and how you can help. 
  • Any questions? E-mail [email protected]
  • Cats will be accepted for spay and neuter services only. No cats will be allowed to enter the activities areas.