Hazelwood/Mill Park residents recently welcomed a new program that provides free services for pet owners to neighborhood residents.

Diesel, a wiggly five-month-old pit bull puppy, became the Neighborhood Pet Project’s first client. Owned by Hazelwood resident Brenna Butler, Diesel arrived at the Oregon Humane Society on March 6 to receive a host of free services.

Brenna Davis' pit bull Diesel was neutered, licensed and vaccinated free.

Taking advantage of NPP’s free offerings, Diesel was neutered, received a Bordatella vaccine, a Rabies vaccine, an MCAS license, microchip, flea and worm treatment, a brand new collar and ID tag, as well as a crate for training.

The Neighborhood Pet Project is organized by the Animal Shelter Alliance of Portland and funded by a generous grant from the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

The goal of the program is to keep pets from the Hazelwood area from entering Portland shelters by providing extra assistance and resources for cats and pit bulls at no cost to the owner.

“This grant is a great example of how the entire community can come together to find innovative solutions that help save more animal lives. Multnomah County Animal Services is proud to be part of this community effort with its focus on spay/neuter, and helping promote responsible pet ownership,” said Michael Oswald, director of Multnomah County Animal Services.

NPP will provide free spay and neuter surgeries, vaccines, rabies and license, personalized ID tags, crates, training, and more for neighborhood residents that own pit bulls and cats.

The type of assistance can vary depending on the pet owner’s needs. The Animal Shelter Alliance of Portland hopes that access to these services allows pets to stay with their families and not end up in area shelters.

The NPP plans to have a very visible and approachable presence in the Hazelwood and Mill neighborhoods during the upcoming months; they will be at community meetings, neighborhood events, and during face-to-face visits with pit bull and cat owners.

NPP looks forward to meeting neighborhood residents, learning more about the community, and helping to foster the exceptional bond that exists between humans and their pets.

To learn more about the Neighborhood Pet Project and ASAP, call 1-800-345-SPAY. Call to schedule services for your cat or pit bull because the free services are offered for a limited time.

Regardless of income, all cat and pit bull owners of Hazelwood and Mill Park qualify for NPP.

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