Post # 1
This morning I was on the way to my prental appointment and a pitbull ran out infront of our car…
*cue In the Arms of an Angel*
I obviously stopped, looked to see if there was an owner nearby and noticed the awful condition this pooch was it. I stuck my hand out with my breakfast muffin to see if the poor boy was friendly…of course he was.
So here my husband and myself are, hauling this young pitbull to our backyard to see what we can do for it.
We adopted a dog 2 years ago that absolutely doesn’t get along with other dogs. I can’t put her or myself in danger if they were to get into a fight…Thus, we cannot keep the poor thing.
I have called every animal shelter near me, they wont take pits or will put them down. I’ve called rescue sites, they are all filled to capacity. I’ve reached out to facebook friends/family nothing… I’ve left messages with the humane society and aspca. I’ve called the animal controls lost and found going back 3 months and left voicemails with the possible matches… I even put up a craigslist ad which I HATE doing.
We also just moved so I do not have 500-1000 bucks to drop on vet care to make the dog more adoptable.
So bee’s, do you have any advice? I can’t stomach surrendering him to a kill-shelter… yet, I can’t keep him nor can I afford him.
Post # 3
Also, does anyone know anything about feeding a starving dog… I don’t want to feed him too much for fear of making him really sick…. He’s eaten 4 cups of dog food already and had plenty of water.
Post # 4
As far as feeding, it depends on how big (guesstimate obviously) and what kind of dog food (kcals/cup).
What state do you live in (if you don’t mind me asking)?
Post # 5
Try looking up some Pit Bull specific breed rescues. Even if they are not in your area they may be able to point you in the direction of a rescue in your area.
As for feeding, I know he is starving and you want to feed feed feed him because, well who wouldn’t want to. But he needs slow and steady. Give him small portions as frequently as you can. The recommended amount for his healty estimated weight (as on the bag of food) should give you an idea of how much to give him in one day, just space it out more until you know he is keeping it down, then break it into fewer feedings.
Post # 6
This breaks my heart, pits are such awesome dogs if taken care of properly and it crushes me that there are so few options. Unfortunately, it sounds like the CL ad might be the best option. I hope you find someone that is willing to invest the time and money to get this puppy back in shape and in a loving home. You are a good person for taking him in.
Post # 7
@lolita39: Where are you located? While local shelters may be full there is a huge network of rescues that work together to assist people like you. I am in California but our rescues have ties to several states.
I wouldn’t hold back in contacting non-local options as well as often people are willing to transport. Definitely tell them that you cannot keep the dog and must take it to a shelter and you have been told it will be put to sleep immediately without questions, that usually brings about action quickly.
Post # 8
@Treejewel19: I have called every rescue I could find on google within a 2 hour drive radius. Some you have to email and they get back to you within 5-7 days, others you have to leave voicemails.
The ones I did get in contact with are either full (so they wont take him under any circumstances) or do not take strays from off the street (so animal control must bring them in)
…That’s why I’m in a pickle. I feel like I’ve tried everything, yet I cannot keep him for a week without him geting vet care! I’m still looking though!
I’m also in the triad area of North Carolina!
Post # 9
@KatB442: I’ve left emails/messages with the pit rescues. I’ll try to broaden my search a little more though!
As for the food, I’ll start feeding him small portions.
Post # 10
@lolita39: 4 cups is probably enough for now. I would maybe give him a cup later on today. Thats it for today. Plenty of water is OK. I am not sure how malnourished he is, but I would probably do a cup in the morning, 1/2 for lunch and 1/2 cup for dinner.
It sounds like you really are doing all that you can for the pup. Maybe there are some no-kill shelters outside of your area you could drive him to? I hate the stigma there is with Pitbulls. I have met nothing but sweethearts!
I just read your update. If for some reason, there is nothing you can do with him and you absolutely 100% have to take him to the vet, 1. take him to a low cost clinic that can help off set the cost and 2. maybe consider joining the site gofundme.org There is a whole section on there for pets. You can explain the situtaion and maybe people would be interested in donating and helping you heal him and find him a good home. I know i would help you.
Post # 11
@jny1179: I hate that the way my area treats pits too…
Police officers have the “right” to shoot a pit onsite if they are not leashed or are “deemed a threat”. So I’m really surprised he made it as long as he did without getting killed or worse…
At first I didn’t want to put up the CL ad because I get so paranoid with all of the baiting stories you hear… but, really…with a pit it might be my only option.
Post # 12
Thanks ladies! Keep the advice coming! Like I said, I’m in North Carolina if anyone knows of any place or rescue!
Also, he is VERY malnourished. I can feel all of his bones: ribs, spine, hips… everything. He must have been a stray for at least a month!
Post # 13
@lolita39: Definitely look into rescues in the Triangle and Charlotte areas. Some rescues have no problem driving a couple of hours out to retrieve a dog. It’s probably tough to determine so soon, but any information you have on their temperment and behavior goes a long way. Are they generally friendly? Does he respond to commands? Food motivated?
Post # 14
@lolita39: Here is a list of links to North Carolina No Kill shelters. This may be the info you already have, but in case it helps….
Post # 15
I had the same dilemma and I Don my t know that I made the right choice… But this my experience. I was driving to see a friend with my sisters in the car, I saw a small blue nose pitbull. She was in the middle of the street, not moving. I thought it’d been hurt. When I open my car door I notice she’s a girl and her belly is swollen, almost touch the floor, she looks like she’s pregnant or just had babies. It was after five, when I got to the ASPCA they wouldn’t take her. They said to take her home and come back when they’re open. Th hat happened on a Friday. I have two small dogs and a Labrador/pitbull at home (also a rescue), so I really don’t have room for another dog. All three of mine are fixed, but still, I know they’d still be aggressive towards her at least the first days so I had my FI take her home with him. He bathed her, fed her, we took pics, shared Em via Facebook, I posted Em on Craigslist (but withheld a photo that showed a peculiar Mark so I could confirm ownership by asking people where their dog had it if it had any at all), immediately after posting I began receiving emails inquiring about her. Most were “We are not the owners, but if you can’t keep her we can take her off your hands.” I replied I didn’t want to give her just to anyone. I received an email from a lady cautioning me about dog fighting rings who collect dogs via Craigslist that they use as bait to train their dogs, also about sick people who adopt dogs only to torture ‘Em as in the case of Puppy Joe. The ASPCA contacted me about a possible owner, so we took her in but it wasn’t a match. They said I could leave her with Em and they’d keep her for three days than they’d put her to sleep… I opted for leaving her there than to put her back on the streets or give her up to just anyone on Craigslist who might not have the best intentions? I still feel remorse over my decision, but I know it was better than any of my other options.
Post # 16
@Astra: Thanks for the list!
@Susana888: That’s such a sad story… That’s my issue with several no-kill shelters around here… they refuse to put agressive breeds into their adoption kennels, so if the owner doesnt come forward in 3 days, they put them down…
So sad…. I hope it doesn’t come to that with me.