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Volunteering at the animal shelter

I finally got off my butt and went back to volunteering at Peninsula Humane Society. I've been updating their adoptable cat web pages but I really wanted to get back to working hands-on with dogs and cats—first I was working on my book and didn't have time, and then I was injured, and then I had anemia, and yada yada, but I'm feeling well enough now.

Today I worked with Mia, a young female Pit Bull:
http://www.petfinder.com/petnote/displaypet.cgi?petid=12298214

She is really well behaved and smart. She's been at the shelter almost a year. :-(

She is hard to photograph well. But just look at that smile.

mia.jpg

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clever_doberman
Apr. 9th, 2009 12:55 am (UTC)
why has she been there for a full year?

how does she get along with other dogs, including other pits?


yep, that's a pit bull grin alright.
firecat
Apr. 9th, 2009 01:31 am (UTC)
I don't know. Presumably because pit bulls are hard to place and PHS has extra requirements for potential adopters of pit bulls (breed experience, and a property inspection).

Her writeup says she gets along with "some male dogs." I was told not to let her interact with other dogs in the class. I was also told that she engages in staring contests with other dogs. But she didn't do that today. I even saw her start looking at another dog a few times and then turn away as if she was thinking "Oh yeah, I'm not supposed to do that here."
mjlayman
Apr. 9th, 2009 09:10 pm (UTC)
There's several counties in the DC area that don't allow pit bills in their county.
firecat
Apr. 9th, 2009 09:47 pm (UTC)
There are a lot of places where pit bulls aren't allowed, partly due to their being fought, and partly due to misunderstandings about their nature.

Unfortunately when animal control agents find pit bulls in those places, they have to be euthanized, even if they are well socialized.
ex_serenejo
Apr. 9th, 2009 02:29 am (UTC)
Awwww!

I'm really glad you're well enough to do this. (And better you than me. :-)
zpdiduda
Apr. 9th, 2009 03:12 am (UTC)
What a sweet girl!

I'm glad to hear that you're feeling well enough to be with the animals again. It's a good thing you're doing.
roane
Apr. 9th, 2009 03:48 am (UTC)
That's so wonderful. I work for my local humane society (Humane Society of Huron Valley) and I have never had a more rewarding or satisfying job.
auntysocial
Apr. 9th, 2009 05:56 pm (UTC)
What a beautiful pit bull smile! I'm so glad you're back to doing that!
suzanne
Apr. 11th, 2009 04:33 am (UTC)
*hugs* We just adopted our third kitty from there. Thank you for all the hours you have/will put in. You all are truly wonderful people.
firecat
Apr. 11th, 2009 05:58 am (UTC)
Yay new kitty!
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