This week you can help celebrate ‘Pitbull Week’ by giving a second chance to one of these great dogs from Orange County Animal Services (OCAS) in Orlando, Florida. Though National Pitbull Awareness Day will celebrate its ninth birthday on October 24, HuffPost has dedicated an entire week to these canines. They are one of the most misunderstood breeds, and make up the bulk of the dogs found in kill shelters across the country
According to advocacy groups, pitbulls make up 33 percent of all the dogs taken in by animal shelters nationwide. One out of every three dogs are identified by shelters as being pitbulls. A 2014 study estimates that up to 1 million pitbulls are euthanized per year in the U.S. That’s 2,800 pitbulls killed each day. Other estimates say that number is even higher. At any given time, an estimated 35,000 pitbulls are available for adoption across the country each day.
According to BadRap, DNA analysis proves identifying any dog by appearance alone is misleading and inaccurate. Pitbulls are quite often a mix of multiple breeds, and mis-identifying a dog as a pitbull or pitbull mix on a kennel card immediately condemns them to bias, breed restrictions, breed discrimination and can even hasten their demise. Yet these remain incredibly popular dogs, beloved by owners across the country, in spite of the negative connotations and discrimination the dogs and their owners face on a daily basis. The pitbulls you’ve seen may be pedigreed, such as American Staffordshire Terriers, Staffordshire Bull Terriers, American Pit Bull Terriers (APBT) or more recently, American Bullies.
Animal advocates ask that you judge each dog by its personality, rather than by what’s written on their kennel card. Here are some of the pitbulls currently available at OCAS who are all running out of time; you can click on the links on their names to see their information and availability.
Tucker, Animal ID: A327651 Room No.: WD13 Hi, the shelter named me Tucker. I am an approximately 4 year old black and white male. I am friendly and I tested heartworm Positive, but I come with full sponsorship for my heart worm! Please contact Veronica@fldoglover.com to get the information on my sponsorship! I weigh approximately 65 pounds and I have been at Orange County Animal Services since Saturday, August 15, 2015.
Lea, Animal ID: A326250 Room No.: WD50, is a healthy, two-year-old spayed girl, friendly and heartworm negative. She weighs 51 pounds. Her owner moved somewhere that they did not allow dogs. She has been waiting at OCAS for a month, and her time is running short.
Castello, Animal ID: A326423 Room No.: WD47 is friendly, heartworm negative, neutered, and weighs approximately 59 pounds. She’s been waiting a month.
Jesmin, Animal ID: A326424 Room No.: WD50, weighs about 56 pounds, is approximately one-year-old, friendly, heartworm negative, spayed, and ready for her new home. She’s been waiting a month for a new home
Jax, Animal ID: A326734 Room No.: WD47, is an approximately five-year-old white and black neutered male, friendly and heartworm negative. I weigh approximately 65 pounds. He has been at OCAS since Wednesday, August 05, 2015. His due out date is Monday, August 24, 2015.
Beto Animal ID: A326861 Room No.: WD17 Hi, my name is Beto. I am an approximately three-year-old black and white male. I am fearful and I tested heartworm Positive. I weigh approximately 51 pounds. I have been at Orange County Animal Services since Thursday, August 06, 2015.
Cody Animal ID: A326875 Room No.: WD43 Meet Cody! This handsome boy was recently neutered, vaccinated and microchipped and made available for immediate adoption. He’s come down with an upper respiratory infection though and is currently on medication. OCAS would like to see him be adopted or rescued quickly so he can really kick this cold. Please let them know if you can take Cody, he’s ready to roll! He needs to receive a request by 08/29/2015, He is two-years-old, friendly and heartworm negative.
Hefe Animal ID: A327812 Room No.: WD25 Hi, the Shelter named me Hefe. I am an approximately five-year-old boy, friendly, and 58 pounds. I am heartworm Positive, but I have an offer from a donor for free doxycycline to help with my treatment. Please contact Veronica@fldoglover.com for information.
Humphrey Animal ID: A326871 Room No.: WD23 has been waiting at OCAS since August 6. He is just 10 months old, friendly and heartworm negative.
Brutus Animal ID: A328372 Room No.: WD15, his family loved this friendly dog, but the new baby was allergic, so he was brought to OCAS on August 24. He’s leash-trained, knows basic obedience, and is friendly with adults, children and other dogs. He’s between two-and-three years old, and heartworm positive, but that should not keep you from adopting this handsome boy, who also has 30 days of free doxycycline offered. A volunteer says, “Met this little ham yesterday. He’s a tad short with very cute ears and a perfect demeanor. He loved me and the kids, smothered us with kisses. His tail was wagging throughout the entire interaction and he was just a social, sweet guy. Go meet him!”
Mello, Animal ID: A325426 Room No.: WDI13 is a very sad case. He’s obviously had a tough time of it, and is in the isolation building. He’s very scared, and is only available to rescues right now and cannot be adopted out to the general public. He has healing scars all over his body, his teeth have been broken; he has seen so much misery in just four short years.
Ruthie Animal ID: A326704 Room No.: WD24 She is also heartworm positive with free 30 days doxy offered for this four-year-old girl. She is friendly and weighs about 50 pounds. She is past her due out date, and can be euthanized very soon. She had some rescue interest, but they changed their minds, and now the girl is in limbo, with no adopter and no rescue.
If you would like to meet any of these wonderful animals, please come to Orange County Animal Services, 2769 Conroy Rd., Orlando, Florida. The phone number is (407)836-3111. Here is the link to all the available dogs at that shelter. If you are in the market for a kitty companion, here is the link to the available cats. OCAS is currently running a special on rehoming their cats, in a super two-for-one deal! Please remember, adopt, don’t shop.
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