The "Dog Days of Summer" have begun counting down at the Randolph County Humane Society in preparation for a special adoption event that begins July 1 and will continue through August.
RCHS is generally at full capacity. The kennels are occupied by a wide variety of dogs of every size, breed and personality. Those who volunteer there will tell you they fall in love, over and over, as new dogs cycle in to take the place of those lucky ones who have moved onto their adoptive homes.
At this time the RCHS has a large number of big dogs. Many of them are pit mixes, or referred to as "bully breeds," which is the focus of the Dog Days of Summer promotion.
If you or friends are considering a large dog as a family pet, officials hope you will come to RCHS and meet the many adoptable dogs.
- They have been spayed and neutered.
- They have had behavior assessments.
- The adoption fee has been reduced from $100 to $50.
- The adoption includes a free consultation with an RCHS trainer.
Please know this: the adoption fee has been reduced, not because they are worth "less" but because they are highly valued residents of RCHS and officials want to do everything possible to see them leave with pet parents of their very own.
So, why are there so many, and why do "pits" get a bad rap?
There's nothing cuter than a puppy. Female pit bulls have a high reproductive rate with typical litters of 10-12 puppies. Pit puppies are adorable when small, but grow up to be quite a lot to take care of, which is one reason they end up in shelters. The majority of pit owners do not spay or neuter their pets, which contributes to an overpopulation of pits and adds further strain on RCHS and shelters across the country.
When pits arrive at a shelter, their stays are typically longer than that of other breeds because the pit bull has been stigmatized in the media as "dangerous" and not suitable as a family pet. Consequently they are less likely to be adopted than other more accepted breeds.
Actually, there is no such breed as a pit bull. Their breeding history stems basically from two breeds, the American Staffordshire Terrier and the American Pit Bull Terrier. RCHS has a wide variety of pit mixes, mixed with labs, boxers, hounds, St. Bernards, Great Danes and more. The mystery and the fun is all in the mix!
Pit bulls, as they are popularly referenced, are usually short-haired, medium to large sized, with wide skulls and powerful jaws. They are generally muscled, strong and athletic, and have a happy countenance and a zest for life, officials said. They love to "work" and are known to enjoy a wide variety of activities, including agility, disc competition, flyball and competition obedience.
Because of their ardent attraction to people, they are eager to please and easily trained. They are very affectionate and are reputed to adore children, officials said.
Those interested in adoption are encouraged to bring their other dogs to the shelter and take them for a walk together, before you decide. Staff can advise what dogs do best in a family with children and those that might be too "high energy" to share space with small children. Staff can also advise those who already have cats in the home.
The dogs will be shown on the Randolph County Humane Society and the Randolph County Humane Society Volunteers public Facebook pages. Officials encourage you to take a peek. Beginning on July 10, adoption hours will be from 1 to 8 p.m. each Thursday.