While it is uplifting that the general population seems to be turning against the negative campaign that the media delights in promoting, locally, pibbles are being descriminated against faster and faster.
A local municipality for our area spends on average $37,000 on breed discrimination. $37,000!. Annually. Let that sit for just a moment. One small city in our geographic area of operation spends $37,000 to try to control the erradication of bully breed dogs in their town.
When we were in our previous location, we had breed discrimination in the county of our occupancy and the local animal control officer had no idea of which of our dogs were of the bully breed. He came out to our location and ordered us to vacate the dogs he considered bully breeds within 24 hours. Funny thing is that of the dogs he considered bully breeds, according to our vet and other experts, only one of the 29 dogs we had to relocate within 24 hours to save them from euthanasia, only 2 were bully breed dogs. Any animal with a large head and block nose is considered a bully, while most have any number of variety of heritage. Yet this officer of the law, supposedly trained in animal welfare claimed 29 of our dogs were bully breeds and had we not successfully relocated those dogs, they would have all been killed because of breed descrimination. Paid for by the public in their taxes. We successfully relocated the dogs, of that number 25 have been adopted into homes and are now living wonderful lives with families who love and protect them.
Recently we participated with Animal Rescue Corp in the busting of a breeding and fighting training compound for bullys and are proud of helping to save these wonderful animals, getting them off of chains and into safety.
We at ARF of MS understand that there are many hills to climb to help educate the public and change the perception against the breed, meanwhile we will continue to help assist in the shelter and sanctuary of these dogs, placing them in homes where they will be loved, appreciated and protected.
We in the rescue world always have a sense of dread for spring. Granted, we too love the warmer weather and an end to the bone chilling winds of winter, but spring always means PUPPIES.
In the south, there is a lack of understanding of the need for responsible pet owners and the importance of spay/neuter of pets. Therefore, true no-kill rescue groups are always anticipating spring bringing forth an abundance of puppies and kitties. Since we also have an abundance of bully breed dogs wandering our streets, there is a very good chance that our influx will be mostly bullies of some shape, form or fashion.
We received our first spring intake a week ago, a person came driving in with two dogs he wanted us to take, we were discussing the dogs when he opened the trunk of his car and there were two bully breed dogs in his trunk, to make matters worse, one was pregnant and had delivered one puppy on the way to our shelter, and one was birthed right in front of us as we were preparing to get her out of the trunk of his car! There is no reason to go into the glaringly wrong issue of driving dogs to us in the trunk of a car; because that is an issue for another day. We had to gather mama and her girlfriend out of the trunk, get mama settled in a safe area to continue her process of delivering and get the other dog settled and isolated for intake.
The mother dog proceeded to have 12 puppies thereby adding to our pibble collection. Our campaign - Praise for Pibbles has many facets due to the various aspects of being a rescue in a true no-kill shelter. We work to educate the community as to the love these dogs can give and to change the misconception the press and community has come to expect of the breed, we spay and neuter our pibbles - the number has just grown in our facilty by these intakes We provide long term care of the pibbles because we have to provide an extra level of discernment in placing these residents of ours so they will be given the security of having a safe and loving home with no chance of being placed in a dangerous situation. And we provide much needed medical care for the residents in our care. Many have had little or no medical care, come to us with lingering health issues and most all have heartworms which need to be treated.
We are so very grateful to be able to report that two of our pibbles have found their way into loving and safe homes and are being an intrigal part of a family. Mr. Bojangles and Jerry Jeff Walker found their way into hearts and homes in this last quarter and that is due in part to the continued support financial donors provide in order to sustain our mission - your support. For this support, we thank you. Please help us continue to provide these great dogs all the love, security and health we can so they too can one day have a family to love and be loved, safe and forever off the streets.
Things are always moving at ARF and this season has been a busy one! We never stop moving, whether it's adoption events, fundraisers or just the endless care that the shelter needs. While things keep moving, our sweet, sweet pibbles stay, watching quietly, waiting patiently and continue to see other dogs get adopted. We luckily had only a few new pibbles come in these past few months, but they came in very bad shape. As soon as we do the intake and get them cared for they settle in and we see that sigh. It is the sigh of relief that they are safe and cared for. You can then see the "old timers" talk to them and let them know it's going to be ok, they'll be loved here and maybe, just maybe one day they will be adopted. Because of breed restriction laws, misconceptions and the many that abuse and fight pits, most live out their lives at ARF, with only the few and far between getting adopted.
Since most are lifers, we try to focus on their quality of life. The pibble group is a favorite of volunteers so they get extra special walks and time in the play yard. They get lots of attention from lots of different people: young, old, middle school class field trips, college volunteers, parents and their young ones. People love to bring in special chewies for them, bring in a new rope toy for a good ole game of tug and lots and lots of tennis balls to chase after. During the warmer month we fill up the kiddie pools in our big play yard and give them a "day at the beach." Pibble smiles stretch across the entire play yard and by the end of it our volunteers are covered in drool: that's how they say thank you!
Due to breed restrictions, we can not even take them out and show them off at all the adoption events. It is sad because we know just how wonderful they really are. So instead, we focus on social media outlets to spread their story. Most affective though is just word of mouth. Once people see how special they are they just have to tell their friends and sooner or later we get a few adoption applications in. We have a strict adoption process though to be in the highest interest of the dog. So many of them have such horrid histories that we feel it is our duty to protect them and prevent that from ever happening again. It is rough sometimes, but worth it.
Since we have had this project only two have now been adopted, but this second adoption is extra special. Jerry Jeff has been adopted! He is one of the favorite dogs in the entire shelter. He's a beautiful brindle pibble with a giant heart of gold and even bigger smile. He came to ARF in 2011, skin and bones in very bad shape. He of course was instantly loved and nursed back to health. Through projects like this, we were able to get him vetted, cared for and trained so that he could be at his best for that perfect forever home. Finally, after such a long time, he has found his match. It was well worth the wait and the entire ARF family could not be happier. As there is a collective sigh of relief that one more is saved and that all the effort is worth while, we now look forward to that empty pen of his. Now we can fill it and save one more.
It keeps going on, we keep moving on and slowly but surely we are helping. We are helping because supporters like you are helping us. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts. If you feel moved, please help spread our story and consider donating so that we can help just one more. Thank you.
Since we started this project, just three months ago, we have had several pibbles come in, get left at our gate or just found on the streets. Some were in very bad shape from living on the streets, being abused, used as a fighting or bait dog or just malnourishment. All have been rescued, brought back to health and rehabilitated. Unfortunately only one has been adopted in three months. This is what we expect though and this is why we created this project: as a way to keep up with our awesome pibbles and continue support. It is very hard to adopt them our for several reasons including breed bans in certain areas. Our main concern though is for the saftey of the dog so our adoption procedure and policy is more strict for them. Above everything we want to make sure that they are not misued and abused.
We know that most of them will live their lives out at the shelter. It is sad but we also know that at least they are being taken care of. One aspect of this project is to focus on quality of life for them. Since they are "lifers" we want to make sure that they still know love, fun and spend time outside of the shelter. We have some amazing volunteers who come to work just with them to play and socialize them. They go for car rides, trips to the park and the lucky few even get to do some overnight sleepovers.
We have also been taking them to more events, simply to show them off. By letting the public see just how well behaved and loving they are, it helps debunk the many stereotypes that pits face. With your continued support we would like to create events, just for them, just for spreading the love of the pibble. It is important that we teach people what truly magnificent animals they really are and the dangers that spreading their myths cause. Thank you for your support and generosity. For that you get a pibble smile: the best smile on earth!
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