The Huntington Town Board recently approved waiving adoption fees for pit bulls and pit bull mixes at its animal shelter during October in observance of National Pit Bull Awareness Month.

Officials also approved a free spaying and neutering program in October for pit bulls and pit bull mixes, in partnership with the League for Animal Protection, whose volunteers help at the shelter.

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The program, similar to one that has been conducted in the past, will be at the North Shore Veterinary Hospital in Northport, also a partner in the initiative.

"This is a wonderful way to bring people to the shelter and give them an opportunity to meet the dogs we currently have waiting to be adopted," town board member Susan Berland said. "The free spaying, neutering and adoption is also an additional incentive."

The initiative is designed to promote the health, safety and welfare of the community and improve the health of pit bulls and pit bull mixes and encourage their adoption.

The Huntington Animal Shelter is at 106 Deposit Rd. in East Northport.