OWNING A PITBULLThis webpage is meant for those seeking resources for Pit Bulls in Massachusetts.  Pit Bulls are the most common type of dog surrendered to adoption centers and found as strays. They also represent a majority of the dogs euthanized each year at shelters and animal control facilities. MAC hopes this webpage will help pit bull owners, rescue groups, animal control agencies, politicians, journalists and interested citizens learn more about Pit Bulls and how we can work together to help dogs in our state.pit

2015 clinic logo (2)Operation Pit Stop – Established May 2013 – Our on site veterinary clinic offers “Operation Pit Stop” to encourage responsible pit bull ownership and ultimately lower the euthanasia rate of the breed, which is currently facing an epidemic of homelessness.  Sadly, this breed is the most common type of dog surrendered to adoption centers and found as strays and represent a majority of the dogs euthanized each year at shelters and animal control facilities. Our shelter offers a special discounted rate of $100  (spay OR neuter – Proof of valid rabies vaccine must be presented in the form of a certificate NOT a tag otherwise state law requires vaccination prior to surgery for $20) for owners of Pit Bulls and Pit Bull mixes. Operation Pit Stop offers a responsible solution to reducing the population of Pit Bulls to a manageable number through  affordable spaying and neutering. Healthy dogs over the age of 8 weeks and weighing at least 2 pounds are eligible for surgery.  Additional vaccinations and micro-chips are offered at the time of surgery only.  Please contact your own veterinarian for ongoing wellness services. Our staff reserves the right to deny any aggressive/sick animals to this program. Visit our on-site vet clinic’s website For more information/questions or to schedule an appointment please email our clinic sterlingshelterclinic@gmail.com Monday – Thursday from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. at 978-422-8449.

A DANGEROUS DOG ISResources for Pit Bull Owners:

Medical Resources/Low Cost Spay/Neuter
Insurance Agencies
Behavior Training
Being a Responsible Owner
Managing a Multi Dog Household
Low Cost Spay/Neuter Programs for Pit Bulls Only

General Resources
Breed Specific Information
Breed Specific Legislation
For Fun

pitbull did you knowWhat Do You Really Know About “Pitbulls”?

Pitbulls make extraordinary companions! The term “Pitbull” is NOT a breed; it is a catch all phrase to describe 3 distinct breeds of dogs: the American Pitbull Terrier, the American Staffordshire Terrier, and the Staffordshire Bull Terrier. Any way you slice it, Pitbulls are some of the most affectionate, loyal, and people loving pups on the block. With consistency, clarity, training, and leadership, you will never find a more constant companion than a Pitbull. Contrary to what the media would like you to believe, these dogs are far from “vicious” and they do not have specialized “locking jaws”- they are NOT alligators! Pitbulls are generally goofy dogs who are full of spunk, energy, and fun, fun, FUN!

In fact, in a recent study by the American Temperament Test Society of 122 different breeds of dogs, Pitbulls achieved an average passing rate of 83.9%. That’s better than Beagles (78.2%) and Golden Retrievers (83.2%).

There are so many myths out there about Pitbulls that simply just aren’t true. They are loving, loyal, and cuddly as teddy bears…come fall in love with a “bully” today!puppies and difference of pitbull