Shelter leads nat’l effort to help pit bulls impacted by hurricanes

October 10, 2017 11:01 AM

Some dog owners have plenty of love to go around.

“We have two dogs we have a Puggle and a Maltese both nine years old,” said dog owner, Derek Bruno. 

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However, in the dog-eat-dog world of animal adoptions, experts say pit bulls and pit bull mixes get a bad rap. 

“There's a lot of misconceptions out there about pit bull type dogs,” said Michael Buckley, Vice president of External Affairs for the Mohawk Hudson Humane society. “People think first and foremost that they are vicious and they're not.”

Buckley said that makes it harder for shelters to get them adopted.

“There are hundreds of thousands of pit bull type dogs that need homes,” Buckley said. 

Natural disasters like recent hurricanes can make matters worse. 

That is why the Mohawk Hudson Humane Society is leading the Adopt A Luv-A-Bull campaign, which is a national effort to help about 250 pit-bull type dogs from hurricane-ravaged areas find new homes.

Participating shelters are waiving adoption fees on the pit bulls for the entire month.

“Organizations like ours and the other organizations were partnering with through this program know how awesome all that all kinds of dogs are in that certainly includes pitbull type dogs,” Buckley said. 

Buckley said pit bulls are no more violent than any other kind of dog. 

He said it is all about the owner and how the dog is trained.

“I've seen all dogs and I played with them and walk them and there's no difference they're just all dogs,” Buckley

Bruno and his girlfriend are thinking about taking one home. 

“I think it's amazing. It's great. I'm glad they were able to make their way this far north so really everybody can really help out,” Bruno said. 

Buckley said out of about 60 animals his shelter took in from hurricane impacted areas recently, 31 were pit bulls rescued from Florida and Texas. 

All were up for adoption before the storms.

22 still need homes, including Ursula. 

To learn more about the pit bull adoption promotion visit and click on links.


Nia Hamm

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