Why Pit Bulls, Labs are Common Abandoned Breeds
Published on January 22, 2013 by Karen Newmeyer
Students in the vet tech school at Broadview University-Orem–Victoria Romero, Janis Tate, Crystal Leventhal and Breann Wardle-wanted to leave some hope for abandoned dogs in local animal shelters.
There are several dog breeds that receive a bad rap in the world today and these students felt a need to ensure a better life for them by providing information to future dog owners about these breeds. Their hope is that with more awareness about these breeds, people will be better able to provide homes and proper care for the dogs.
The first step was to discover which breeds are most often found in shelters and why. The two most common breeds found in Utah shelters are Labrador Retrievers and American Staffordshire Terriers (commonly known as pit bulls).
Not surprisingly, one of the most common reasons for abandonment in shelters has to do with owner responsibility. Lack of spaying/neutering, over-breeding, a decision to own the animal based solely on breed popularity, and young owners’ lack of responsibility toward the animal were at the top of the list. One surprising fact is that most of the abandoned dogs were rarely over a year old.
The vet tech students next researched the rumors to provide accurate information about the behavior, needs, and proper care for these breeds. The students learned a lot during their research and put their knowledge to use by creating posters and pamphlets that they would deliver to the shelters and provide on the Broadview University-Orem campus to encourage adoptions of the Labrador and American Staffordshire breeds.
Armed with pamphlets, Victoria, Janis, Crystal, and Breann headed out to the local shelters to provide some quality time with the shelter animals. They presented the pamphlets to the shelter staff and ensured that the pamphlets were in a place where future pet owners would be able to access them and hopefully learn from them. These students surely left the shelter and its occupants with more hope of finding a home than they had when they arrived.
Contributed by Amanda Black
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