Yesterday’s story about a German short-haired pointer mix named Dozer was nothing unusual.
Dozer was tossed from his home with his guardian because he “looked too much” like a Pit bull.
Where his guardian lived (his actual residence – be it rented home or apartment) had a breed ban in place.
Bottom line – Dozer was not allowed there and he had to leave.
Though his guardian tried to find a home on his own – the two week time period allotted for him to be rehomed was not sufficient to secure a new family and Dozer went to the Humane Society where he is now listed as “Bubba”.
Those advocating for Dozer’s life fear that he won’t be lucky enough to leave the facility alive because it is a kill facility.
The harsh reality is this – Dozer’s life is no more in danger than any other dog (or cat or ?) who is located at any facility which kills for space.
Some shelters are better at moving the animals out than others.
Some shelters have excellent rescue connections and a lot of foot traffic for in-house adoptions.
Other facilities do not.
Even the best facilities with the best of intentions can find themselves in dire straits if there is a large influx of animals – or if the rescues that they turn their animals over to are full.
There are literally thousands of “Dozers” out there right now. Dogs who have been turned into rescue facilities because they were not allowed in their homes.
Sometimes it is a city ordinance, sometimes it is a rule at an apartment complex, or perhaps one particular landlord’s rule.
Regardless, dogs like Dozer end up at facilities each and every day.
Unless they are at a true, hard-core no-kill facility, they are at risk.
Any animal at any facility which kills for space is at risk.
Dozer happened to have the backing of advocates who worried for his safety – the fact that he “resembles” a Pit bull and that he is deaf, frightened those who are fighting for his life.
If Dozer (Bubba) in great danger at the Franklin County Humane Society?
Perhaps – but then again, no more than thousands of other dogs who are dying across the nation.
How can you help?
Foster for a rescue.
If you have a local humane society that utilizes foster homes, reach out to them and offer your home.
Never “buy” a puppy mill dog.
Always spay and neuter.
Dozer deserves a home – thousands of other dogs deserve a home too.
In looking at the available dogs at the Franklin County Humane Society – there are 30 listed right now.
Thirty dogs without a home. Thirty lives needing to be networked. Thirty dogs worthy of attention.
The intent of Dozer’s story was not to cause outrage at the facility that he was taken to. It was intended to help Dozer find a home.
It was intended to highlight what happens to many dogs like Dozer who “look” like a Pit bull.
It was intended to bring awareness to the issues that these dogs are facing each and every day.
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