In rescue, we really try to make marketing adoptable dogs fun by lining up adoption events, photos, and campaigns around holidays. It helps get the dog on social media platforms for marketing purposes, and also educates the public on obscure dog-related holidays. My personal favorite is ” Responsible Pet Owners Month” in February. However, the reality is that it’s really hard for rescues to find placement for American Pit Bull Terriers, American Staffordshire Terriers, American Bullies, and any other breed or mix thereof that falls into the “Bully Breed” category. The stigma and prejudice for the breed aside, the main issue is that there are just so damn many of them.
Each year, 1.2 million dogs are euthanized, approximately 40% of whom are Pit Bull type dogs or Bully Breeds. This means that nearly half a million Pit Bull-type dogs are killed in shelters annually. Of all the common dog types to appear in shelters, Pit Bulls are by far the most likely to be euthanized, while they’re only the third most likely to be adopted. Another “fun” fact, is that black dogs are less likely to get adopted. A 1998 study of 1,468 dogs offered for adoption at a local Humane Society did find that having a black coat was a factor in whether dogs got adopted. Black dogs, just don’t typically photograph well. When people are scrolling through the adoptable dogs on Petfinder or their local shelter, darker dogs tend to get overlooked because of this issue. Unfortunately, dogs in open intake shelters don’t have the luxury of extended amounts of time.
Which brings me to my point, meet Khloe. She is a one year old, American Pit Bull Terrier/ American Staffordshire Terrier mix (we aren’t really sure, of course) who came from Wake County Animal Shelter in July 2019. That’s right, she’s been a foster since JULY. Is she a bad dog? No. Does she have serious behavioral issues? No. She must pee and poop in the house then? No. It’s not any of those things. She’s just a black, Pit Bull.
Khloe was overlooked for during all the fun, dog-related holidays:
- September 22–28: National Dog Week
- October 1: National Black Dog Day
- October 26: National Pit Bull Awareness Day
- October: National Pit Bull Awareness Month
Khloe was also overlooked during the best summer months, and she will likely be overlooked for the holidays without your help. Khloe is adoptable through Cause for Paws of NC and is being fostered in Raleigh, NC. Basic information listed below:
- Name: Khloe
- Breed: American Staffordshire Terrier/Pit Bull mix
- Age: 1 year old
- Dogs?: Yes, would do best with another dog that has a rougher play style
- Cats?: No
- Children?: Yes
- House Trained? Yes
- Crate Trained? Yes
- Likes Car Rides? Yes, does great in the car
- Training Needs? She currently knows the following commands: (sit) (stay) (down) (off) (crate)
- Energy Level: Medium to High
- How did I get here? Surrendered to the Wake County Animal Center