If you’re looking to adopt a new furry, four-legged friend, October is the month to do it.
For the month of October, St. Louis County’s Pet Adoption Center is offering free or discounted adoption fees for dogs. For all dogs more than a year old, the adoption fee is $20 instead of the usual $40. For pit bulls or pit bulls mix breeds, there is no fee.
October is Adopt a Shelter Dog Month and National Pit Bull Awareness Month, and the shelter is celebrating both.
Pit bulls often get stuck in shelters due to the stigma attached to the breed. Many are scared that pit bulls will hurt their children or attack other pets or neighbors. Springfield, Missouri decided to ban the breed from the city earlier this month.
Dogs labeled as pit bulls spend more than three times longer in a shelter than similar-looking dogs not labeled as pit bulls, according to a 2016 study at Arizona State University. The study also found that people tend to view pit bull-type dogs as less attractive than other breeds.
The Pet Adoption Center is located at 10521 Baur Boulevard in Olivette. It’s open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
You can see photos and descriptions of available animals online.
Ziva, a 3-year-old pit bull mix who loves walks and giving attention, is the dog who has been in the shelter the longest. Her adoption fee is waived for the month. Willow, who already knows how to sit and is good with other dogs and people, is also available, as is Gilligan, whose smile lights up the room.