The Cass County Humane Society and A Cause for Paws will be hosting a special event this weekend in the hopes of finding homes for a number of pit bulls at their facilities.

Their “Pity Party” at Rural King will run from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14.

“This will be our first pity party event,” said Brock Fultz, who has worked at the humane society for five years.

“It’s a little easier to adopt an animal at a store instead of here. … Pit bulls often get overlooked because there are so many of them.”

Fultz said that there are generally about 15-20 dogs in the shelter and the pit bulls will be trying to bark over every other dog to get visitors’ attention.

“Everybody thinks, ‘Oh, that’s aggressive,’ but no, he’s just trying to yell louder than everybody else,” Fultz said. “They get a bad rep, they really do. But the German shepherds had a bad rep, the Rottweiler’s had a bad rep and the Dobermans had a bad rep … 10 years from now it won’t be pit bulls, it’ll be another breed. If I had anything to say on it, me, I would say chihuahuas. I’ve been bit more times in this job by chihuahuas than any other dog.”

The everyday adoption cost for pit bulls is $120, but Fultz said that the cost may be dropped to $75 for Saturday’s event. That cost covers microchipping, spaying or neutering and getting all shots up to date. “You can’t go to a vet’s office and do that [for that cost],” said Fultz.

Those who are interested in adopting will need a valid driver’s license or state ID. The background checks will be done on the spot at the store.

According to Fultz, the shelter currently has about five or six pit bulls available and Cause for Paws has about three of four.

The shelter currently has an overabundance of cats and dogs. Fultz said it is because nobody wants to spay or neuter their animals or they can’t afford it.

“We need a low-cost spay and neuter clinic here in town — almost every town needs one,” Fultz said. “And a trap-and-release program for the cats would be amazing, because any mom during the summer time can give birth up to three times.”

A litter of kittens can range from two to eight in numbers. The gestation period for both cats and dogs is about two months.

According to the ASPCA, spaying or neutering pets helps control the pet homelessness crisis, which results in millions of healthy dogs and cats to be euthanized in the United States each year. There is also medical and behavior benefits to spaying and neutering animals.

Reach Tyra Bahney at tyra.bahney@pharostribune.com or 574-732-5150.

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