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Indy Pit Crew Offers Low-Cost Pet Care Events : Low cost exams and vaccines are available.

Indy Pit Crew, a nonprofit education and community outreach organization, will offer a series of Community Pet Days in Indianapolis this summer and fall that will provide basic veterinary exams, rabies vaccinations, microchips, de-worming, and certificates for free or low-cost spaying and neutering for dogs and cats. The next events will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on June 4 at Mary Rigg Neighborhood Center, and from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on July 9 at LeGore Boys and Girls Club.

The organization, along with veterinarians from VCA Beech Grove, will offer $30 exams and vaccinations, including for rabies, for all dogs and cats. Other services include free microchips for pit bull terriers and pit bull mixes, $10 microchips for all other dog breeds, and on-site training demos and advice every 30 minutes. 

According to Nichole Heilbron, an Indy Pit Crew board member, “Each Community Pet Day is in a neighborhood where residents may need financial assistance caring for their pets. Many of the clients we help live in areas where there are few local veterinarians, and a lack of transportation or inconvenient hours at the vet prevents them from providing proper care for their pets.

“[We] answer questions about proper care of animals, including flea and heartworm treatment, bathing, nail trimming, spaying and neutering, and training. We also provide collars and leashes for animals whose owners may not be able to afford them but who want to comply with Indy’s leash law. The collars and leashes have been donated by area pet supply stores, veterinarians and residents.”

Established in 2005, Indy Pit Crew has been working tirelessly to raise public awareness about the plight of the pit bull. Through education and community outreach, it combats dog fighting, strives to eliminate pit bull overpopulation, encourages responsible ownership, and inspires a better understanding and appreciation for the American Pit Bull Terrier and all Bully Breed dogs. Community

Pet Days meet Indy Pit Crew’s ongoing goals plus reduce the number of homeless animals entering local shelters through spay/neuter efforts. In addition, microchipping helps to reduce shelter populations by returning lost pets to owners.

Event locations: June 4, 1920 W. Morris St.; July 9, 5228 W. Minnesota St. For more info, including a calendar of events, visit IndyPitCrew.org
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