Paige’s Day at Operation Pit

Paige Post-Spay

Yesterday, our little girl Paige got spayed! To say she’s less than thrilled is an understatement.

Here in New York City, the ASPCA has an amazing program called Operation Pit. Basically, the ASPCA provides free (you read that right: FREE!) spay and neuter procedures, vaccinations and microchips for pit bull type dogs. In an effort to promote responsible pet ownership and make an impact in the overpopulation of homeless dogs, they devised this great plan.

To qualify for Operation Pit, you and your dog only need to meet two requirements: you must be a resident of one of the five boroughs and your dog must be a pit bull type dog. That’s it! No financial qualifications, no lifestyle qualifications and no questions asked. You drop your dog off at 8am on the day of the appointment, and pick the up at 5pm. I don’t handle medical treatments very well, for myself or my dogs, so I was stressed out all day. I even called them once to check in on Paige, and they were absolutely wonderful about it.


I had never been to the ASPCA’s Bergh Memorial Animal Hospital, so I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. Well, the building is currently undergoing a bit of a renovation, but aside from the construction dust, it’s pretty sweet. There’s lots of space, very helpful staff, an adoption center of course and the hospital. The hospital is a regular animal hospital as well (it doesn’t just handle Operation Pit cases), and they handled every patient I saw come in with care and kindness, and the costs I overheard weren’t that bad. If I lived closer to it, we’d probably be regular patients there.

So this is a plea to all pit bull owners in New York City from us: get your dog spayed or neutered. It’s free and easy with Operation Pit! I’m so grateful that this program exists and that they took such wonderful care of Paige. The doctor even sent a little note with her discharge papers: “Paige bled a little more than the average dog during surgery. She was closely monitored after surgery and there were no signs of complications. She is a cute dog and was a great patient. Thank you for bring her to Operation Pit.”