Bully Breeds Are Now Targets for Success in Community Efforts to Find Responsible Forever Homes

Updated on June 12, 2018
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I have created a new career for myself in retirement as an animal advocate. I write articles to create awareness of shelter pets.

Community Partnerships with Rescues and Shelters are Celebrating the Bully Breeds

October is Pit Bull Awareness Month, and the bully breeds are being celebrated in communities around the world with adoption events and rescue efforts like the recent massive success in Montreal that has resulted in the ban on the bully breeds being postponed. Community activism from pet parents who own dogs that fit the categories of bully breeds, national organizations such as the SPCA, and local rescues and shelters that feature these dogs in special adoption events are all involved in calling attention to these loving dogs that need forever homes. Community involvement is high on the list of the characteristics of a successful no kill shelter and the bully breeds are now beneficiaries of the movement towards no kill in cities and towns around the country and the world.

Forget-Me-Not, Inc., a non-profit no kill animal rescue in Manatee County, Florida, is an example of a local rescue that recently partnered with the Manatee County Animal Services shelter in Palmetto, Florida to celebrate the bully breeds with its "Clear the Shelter" adoption event that was held in September. Forget-Me-Not, Inc. specializes in helping to find forever homes for hard-to-place-dogs. The "Clear the Shelter" adoption event featured themes to help find responsible forever homes for the bully breeds that comprise the shelter population of the Manatee County animal shelter. Bully breeds make up the majority of shelter animals around the country and the Manatee County Animal Services shelter is just one example of a shelter that must educate its community about these loving dogs in order to find forever homes. The "Clear the Shelter" adoption event featured the themes of "Unforgettabull", "AdoreABull", and "LuvABull". The Chief of Animal Services, Sarah Brown, and her shelter staff were thankful for the partnership with Forget-Me-Not, Inc. rescue that made this "Clear the Shelter" adoption event a success. A total of 27 dogs that were classified as bully breeds found their forever homes.

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Lily is a current example of the partnership between a rescue and a county shelter.
Lily is a current example of the partnership between a rescue and a county shelter. | Source

Ongoing Adoption Opportunities Benefit the Bully Breeds

Forget-Me-Not, Inc. rescue is continuing its efforts to find forever homes for the special bully breeds that reside at both the rescue and the Manatee County Animal Services shelter. The organization's website is regularly updated with professional photos of the smiling faces of their "bullies". The organization also partners with local businesses such as Tractor Supply Company in Bradenton, Florida and dogs from the rescue are regularly featured at adoption events held on weekends at Tractor Supply Co. Tractor Supply Co. is located at 4404 FL-64 in Bradenton, Florida.

Forget-Me-Not, Inc. is an example of local organizations that are also helping to partner with the rest of the world in saving the bully breeds. The petition to protest against Montreal's ban on dogs classified as "pit bulls" was featured on its website in September. The latest news report states that this worldwide effort to save the bully breeds in Montreal has been successful in stopping the ban for now. Efforts are continuing to permanently stop the ban. This Bradenton- Sarasota rescue organization is proud to participate in this ongoing effort.

Professional photos, creative stories about each dog, and opportunities to foster a beautiful bully are also featured on Forget-Me-Not's website. Fostering is an opportunity to get to know a dog in your home while helping the dog to learn to live in a home. Forget-Me-Not features both adoption applications and applications for fostering a dog on its updated website. Volunteer opportunities and opportunities to donate food and needed supplies are also featured. This organization hopes to influence other communities around the country to join the movement to save dogs that are classified as the bully breeds. Education is the key to saving these dogs. Be a part of October's Pit Bull's Awareness Month and educate your community about these loving dogs.

Education Is the Key to Finding Forever Homes for Bully Breeds

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My Heart Belongs to MCAS

I became involved with helping the Manatee County Animal Services shelter in an unusual way. The eyes of a German Shepherd that was in danger of euthanasia brought this shelter to my attention. I now write articles to promote adoption from this shelter. I am encouraged that my articles do work to call attention to this shelter that was hidden from the public by its out-of-the-way location for many years. This is a shelter that has traveled a long road toward No Kill classification. Please share with your friends around the country. The Sarasota-Bradenton area has a unique opportunity to share this shelter in Palmetto, Florida with the seasonal residents who reside during the winter. We call these seasonal residents "snowbirds". These seasonal residents are invited to volunteer in a number of ways while they are here for the winter.

Resources for Readers to View Available Bully Breeds

1. www.mymanatee.org/pets

2. http://wwwfmnrescue.org

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        Cindy Hewitt 

        2 years ago from Sarasota

        If you are a "snowbird" who is residence in the Bradenton-Sarasota area for the winter season, you are invited to explore volunteer opportunities for the Manatee County Animal Services shelter in Palmetto-short drive down I-75 from Bradenton-Sarasota area. Dog walkers needed, loving hands to give baths, and tons of volunteer opportunities. Thanks and please share to friends that you might know who are "snowbirds" in this area for the winter.

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