Tuesday, July 31, 2007

"Because it's the right thing to do."

How much do we appreciate this Washington Post article?

Best pit bull related quote of the day:

"Before, we euthanized every pit bull that was older than 6 months and did not have a history. Now, we make an investment in every dog that walks through our shelter -- because it's the right thing to do." - J.C. Crist, chief executive Montgomery County Humane Society, VA. in Washington Post article

Easier said than done. Loudoun County Animal Shelter staff is trying so hard to do the right thing for the pit bulls in their care. We met them this spring when we flew out to do a two day workshop on developing a pit bull adoption program. Talk about being between a rock and a hard place ... They have to contend with unrealistic "Save them all" advocates, and people who'd be just as happy to see every sheltered pit bull turned into fertilizer. Their job: Find common ground between the two extremes and do right by the dogs.

Visting them was a big reminder: We have it so damn easy in the bay area.

Our hats are off to any agency that tries as hard as this shelter to do the right thing for the animals in their care. Best luck to you guys.

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