Target: Donna Reynolds, Executive Director of BAD RAP
Goal: Thank the animal welfare group for helping shelters rehabilitate pit bulls
The animal welfare organization BAD RAP recently spent several days at the Jackson County Animal Shelter in Mississippi training and assessing nine pit bulls seized from a dog fighting ring in 2013. The voluntary visit was meant to ensure that the dogs would be properly cared for and rehabilitated in order to increase their chance of being adopted.
This isn’t the first time the California-based nonprofit has come to the rescue. The group garnered national attention in 2007 for its involvement in the rehabilitation of pit bulls rescued from Michael Vick’s dog fighting operation. Representatives from BAD RAP help shelters across the United States develop solutions for pit bulls in their care through education and adoption programs geared toward the breed. The training they provided at the Jackson County Animal Shelter involved educating workers and volunteers on the many misconceptions people have about pit bulls as well as how to successfully match them with potential adopters. There was also a hands-on training session that focused on behavior assessments, reading body language and monitoring play styles.
“We, like many shelters around the country, struggle with adopting out dogs classified as pit bulls just due to the reputation they have earned,” says Jackson County Animal Shelter Director Diane Robinson. “This was a great opportunity for our staff to learn how others have turned similar situations around by focusing on the positive traits in the breed.”
The work that BAD RAP does is critical to the welfare of many pit bulls–among the most difficult breeds to find homes for. Animal People reports that around 75% of shelters throughout the United States euthanize pit bulls when they arrive. The biggest reason is that shelters consider them unadoptable due to lack of education rather than the breed’s disposition.
Please thank BAD RAP for continuing to change the public’s perception of pit bulls and ensuring that more find loving, forever homes.
Dear Ms. Reynolds,
BAD RAP recently visited the Jackson County Animal Shelter in Gautier, Mississippi to train workers and volunteers on how to properly rehabilitate a group of pit bulls rescued from a dog fighting operation. This is not the first time you have gone above and beyond to save the lives of pit bulls that would otherwise have little chance at finding forever homes.
Thousands of pit bulls are euthanized in the United States every year, often when they first arrive at shelters. This is not because of any fault of their own, but because shelter staff often don’t understand them or how to properly prepare them for adoption. Thank you for the incredible work your organization has done to put an end to unwarranted and lethal misconceptions about pit bulls.
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