|Barked: Mon Jan 7, '13 11:01pm PST |
|Re black dogs....here (New England) or down south, they seem to have difficulty. The odd thing is, at adoption events? Nooo problem. I recall particularly we got this litter in...a Chow-Golden mix litter that was puppy calendar stunning, particularly two of the girls, one of how was golden and the other a striking red mixed with black, both of them pudgy and very, very fluffy. And they had a jet black sister, Hester. And it was HESTER everyone seemed to go over the moon for.
I do agree with Duncan that a purebred or really good looking black dog may well not linger at a shelter.
And that what the stats won't reflect/show, as it is pretty subjective, is the plain jane dogs. They are really screwed, and I am not sure it matters where they are or go. That's really the main point, the main death knell. Not so true in New England, where just about every dog who isn't a nut case is a Pit Bull , so plain or not, if you want a no problem pet and don't want a Pit Bull, the plain dogs definitely move up a notch. But in the south, ugh, too sad! Even on rescue pull sheets, where lots of rescues get sent pics and bios and decide who to pull. Wow are THOSE sad You see the lists shrink and shrink, with the plain dogs left behind.
In my personal experience, Pit Bulls are not a problem other than numbers. They do get adopted, but there are so many that may get lost on you. In my experience, hounds have it worse. Pit Bulls have had a lot of bad p.r., but countering it a lot of GOOD p.r. Hounds need that BADLY, for I do think they adopt far less than Pits. Every so often one of the shelters we've pulled from (which does not adopt out Pits) will slide one, overtly Pit, into the adoption room as a Lab mix, but seldom does that happen with hounds. They just don't move.
And to Sarah saying "I guess what bothered me (and maybe it's the attitude of the page that posted that article and not the article itself) is just how much blame is put on the shelters and not on the owners/public." All I can say
Not all shelters are the same, true of all things in life, but they are forced to make some sense out of what they have....what the community dumps on them. It is really nine miles up my butt by now, this newer speak, where somehow this is the shelter's fault.
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