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  1. This is the one that pisses me off, the people who want to surrender their dog because it’s gotten to be “too much.” I don’t. know. Yesterday I was at our shelter getting Teddy’s last shots. Two volunteers were taking pits out of cages and walking them. One of them stuck its head in the room where Teddy and I were and lunged at Teddy. I shut the door. Ours is a no-kill shelter and those two dogs will be in our shelter forever. The shelter director and I talked about pits briefly. The shelter has 40 dogs (it’s beyond full) and more than half are pit bulls. They’re currently running a “sale” and it’s working, but people don’t want pit bulls. The longer they’re in that shelter the “worse” they become. It’s a vicious cycle and I have no answer and I’m not adopting one, so…

    1. I think that isn’t an unusual situation at some of the ‘no-kill’ shelters. And I have to wonder if keeping dogs living in a shelter environment permanently is less humane than euthanizing. Pitbulls are intelligent, high-energy, highly sensitive dogs and a shelter environment is many times the worse place for them. Then it becomes a cycle – they’re stressed, they act out, people are frightened, assumptions are made, they don’t get adopted, they stay in shelter longer, they get more stressesd. I don’t have the answer, but I believe we have to keep working at it from many angles. It’s a complicated situation, certainly not helped by the nonstop negative media. Many times we see what we expect to see when it comes to a pitbull. Reading the research, it’s clear to me, that we created this problem, not the dogs.

  2. Cara, thank you for all you do for these poor dogs, I wish there were some way I could help but at 85 years I am unable to rescue though I do donate. I did rescue a kitten and she has been a joy to my husband and I. By the way I just received you new book and can’t wait to read it!

    1. Thank you for rescuing a kitten Darlene! You have helped, and while I totally understand the difficulty in fostering or working with rescue at your age, donations make a difference. What will make the most difference now is for you to spread the word. People need to know. hope you like the book!

  3. Would affordable/free spay neuter drop the numbers, or is not speutering your pets just a lifestyle choice there? I’m almost wondering if it would work to pay people to spay/neuter their pets (like $50 for a female; $75 for a male) Of course, that would be something that would have to be done through a massive grant, like Petco or Maddie’s Fund, but wondering if that is a type of solution.

    Hope the firecrackers aren’t too bad where you are.

    1. I like how you think! Obviously, asking people to spay/neuter and making it easy/cheap/even free doesn’t always work, so maybe paying them would. It is a cultural difference. Although many times it really is that they don’t have access to local/reasonable spay/neuter options. People who don’t have a car or very much money can’t travel long distances to drop their dog off for an expensive surgery and return the next day. That said, at Oconee Humane in SC, they offered to pick up the dogs, have the surgery done (plus vaccinate) and return the dogs or cats and people still refused. It will be a slow, gradual change, but we have to keep working at it. Spay/neuter is only one part of the equation- an important one for sure, but only one part.

      The firecrackers have been horrible. I’ve had to bring Daisy in every night before dark, so she is spending a lot of time in her crate this week. Tonight should be the last night (fingers crossed) for that though.