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Despite the offering of free surgery to alter pit bulls and pit bull mixes in Kansas City, Mo., most people seem to not care enough to take advantage of the generous would-be gift, reported Wednesday's KCTV 5 News.

Unwanted pit bulls are the number one type of dog to be killed at animal control facilities - the sheer number of these homeless dogs fills kennel runs at animal control facilities in Kansas City, as well as in most other areas of the nation.

In an effort to help stop the number of unwanted canine pregnancies, PetSmart Charities awarded a $100,000 grant for owners of unaltered pit bulls and pit-bull mixes to have their dogs receive spay/neuter surgeries in Kansas city’s 64130 and 64132 ZIP codes.

To date, the response has been dismal; only two percent of the funds have been utilized.

The failure of dog owners to utilize the free funds to alter their dogs may cause individuals who often cite financial inability to pay for a dog to be altered, to re-evaluate their opinion...is it a lack of funds, or a lack of caring?

How can animal control facilities cope with the every increasing number of unwanted animals if those dog owners, who are offered the chance to make a positive difference by altering their pets, fail to even try?

Spay and Neuter Kansas City employees desperately want to see a change in the area and as such, they are willing to go door to door in an effort to get more city residents to take advantage of the PetSmart grant.

Click here to learn more about this wonderful offer.

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