As Naja settles in, I start to see how the abuse has hurt him. Any quick movements make him jump; any attempts to pet his head cause him to flinch. I have my work cut out for me, as I want him to trust and feel secure.
Of course we all know a dog is more adoptable if he gets along with kids and other animals, and we don't want to withhold important information from potential adopters, but is it possible that we judge the dog based on an initial surrender evaluation?
Cora lost her fight with Kidney disease the day after Christmas of 2013 and it was a huge blow. We had to admit that secretly we always thought we were going to find an answer that would buy her the full ride she deserved. Now, many tears later, we like to believe she just had one hell of a condensed version of the full ride.
Simple, inexpensive preparations can keep owners from having to choose between their pets' lives and their own. What are some of the most important tips?
It wasn't until we went through the loss of our pregnancy that Max showed his true colors. We were a mess. Weeks went by as we mourned the loss of what could have been. Max sensed it. He sat in between us as we cried, licked our tears away, took us on walks and helped us heal in ways we could have never imagined.
August 26 was National Dog Day. And as of last count, just on Instagram, 3,784,140 people posted #nationaldogday photos of four-legged friends.
My fellow animal rescuers and I had been deeply affected and forever changed by our time in New Orleans. Each of us has the responsibility and the power to create a society that values all life, and we can start by doing the least harm in the ways we choose to live our daily lives.
This is my foster dog, Elly, from Fulton County Animal Services. She's an 8-year old pit bull mix who's looking for her forever home. One day Elly will leave us and teach another family all of these lessons. But as I sit here in front of my laptop, while Elly is snoring next to me, I am so grateful.
About a year ago, my shelter decided to try an experiment. We wanted to find out what would happen if we stopped labeling our dogs. It's up to us, as advocates for shelter dogs, to start explaining to people that breed labels are subjective. The way a dog looks says nothing reliable about their behavior.
When I began advocating for misunderstood dogs -- my dogs -- I didn't think much about the people. I never thought the little website and Facebook page I started four years ago would introduce me to all these wonderful dogs and their equally amazing people.
The greatest lessons I have learned about life, I have been taught by fosters. Each and every dog that has shared my home has shared a message with me. So climb aboard the crazy ride we call pit bull rescue. The life you save first will be your own.
Just days into the crisis, the American public realized that the human and animal tragedies were bound together, and they were rooting for all to survive and get back on their feet.
Pit bull owners polarize people. Which is why, when out and about in our neighborhood we're incredibly reticent about telling people exactly what Waylon is. Not because we're ashamed, but because there's generally three reactions to his breed. By now we're pretty sick of most of them.
That pit bulls have an image problem is an understatement and that translates into a shelter adoption problem that leaves many pit bull-type dogs to languish and perish in American animal shelters. So how can you help?
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