While browsing the dogs being housed at the Ingham County Animal Control Shelter (600 Curtis Street, Mason, MI 48854; Phone- (517) 686-8370), I noticed a huge population of the dogs available are adult ‘bully-breed’ mixes.
In fact, this seems to be a constant within every major city here in Michigan (Detroit, Flint, Saginaw, etc.) I have first hand experience volunteering at many shelters; these dogs often don’t get adopted. People don’t want the adult Pitbulls, or most adult dogs in general. It is the ‘cute’ puppies who get adopted; Great Danes and Huskies usually find homes right away. No one wants an adult dog; they want something that is easy to train, a dog they can raise from puppy-hood.
But why so many Bulldogs/Pitbulls, as compared to all the other breeds? This dog perhaps has the MOST misguided reputation out of all the domesticated dogs. Most of these dogs are even listed as ‘prefers not to be housed with small children’ under the shelter (people that work with these dogs on a daily basis) description; in fact, few dog breeds exist that are naturally better suited to be around children (I explain this in depth here)– they are notoriously un-popular. Sadly, most of these guys either face life in a 5 by 7 cage, or euthanasia.
I also cover the history of the Pitbull in greater detail here, if you wish, but let me cover a bit of the backstory behind the American Bully.
The American Bully developed as a natural extension of the American Pitbull Terrier; the actual result of various cross-breeding- in the end, the two are in fact very similar. Just as was the case with the Pitbull, aggressive behavior towards humans is highly uncharacteristic and also undesirable among the early parent lineage. They may look intimidating- but remember their original purpose (again I cover in the link above); they were specifically bred NOT to be aggressive toward humans; it is very un-natural for them.
Consider this- because Pitbulls and Stafford-shire Terriers are perhaps two (one- same parents) of the best possible family-companion animals, the American Bully was cross bred between the two to produce a companion and show animal- further enhancing these qualities to the utmost peak! Though these dogs are classified as ‘Bully Breads’, it is an irony; nothing could be further from the truth.
Unfortunately, Luciano here has two large deterrents working against him- his breed, and his age. He is noted only as ‘senior’, as per the adoption listing. As I noted earlier, people tend to pass older dogs by more often then not; they want the young animals they can raise.
Thor is an American Bully, listed only as an ‘adult’; he is currently housed in the same location. Unfortunately, the information the Inham County Animal Control elects to provide is very limited, so I can’t provide more information than this.
I can tell you that the American Kennel Club ranks their Stafford-shire Terriers (basically the same breed as today’s American Pitbull Terrier, but recognized by the AKC in 1936- then isolated and bred as a separate lineage) at 98% train-ability as compared with other breeds, and a 99% temperament with children.
These guys needs your help; the fact that animals like these must currently reside in the sub-human conditions many animal shelters present (through no fault of the shelter itself, but for the simple case of lack of resources) is tragic. Please, please help me bring some light to the rest of their days. I am not asking for money, or a donation of any kind. I am not asking for you to take any time out of your day to work with this shelter, or foster these animals (although you in fact can if you desire, but I am not asking it).
All I am asking is that you share this post; if enough attention is brought to the situation, someone looking for a dog just like them is bound to hear.
You can help save Luciano,Thor, or other dogs like him currently residing at Ingham County Animal Control- Ingham County, Michigan, by volunteering, fostering, or simply sharing this post.