Dog adoption story shines a light on Douglasville animals in need of homes
DOUGLASVILLE, GA — Maybe you’ve read the story of the hundreds of people who want to adopt Rusty, the 2-year-old mixed-breed dog who’s been to the same Texas animal shelter three times.
What the shelter manager wants you to know is that you better adopt a dog from a local shelter here in the Douglasville area.
The hundreds of people who have inquired about adopting Rusty do so out of good intentions, Humane Society of Central Texas executive director Paul Rivadeneira told Patch. But often they are so determined to save a dog that has spent months and years in a shelter that their expectations of the kind of relationship they would have with the new pet are unrealistic.
“Rusty is not the dog you envision,” Rivadeneira must tell future Rusty adopters. “It’s a nice thing to do, but it’s going to be a problem.”
While saving this dog who has been waiting for years for adoption may seem like a noble gesture, the same goes for adopting lesser-known dogs among the estimated 3.3 million dogs that enter animal shelters in the United States each year. United States.
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“There’s a Rusty in every shelter,” Rivadeneira said. “We know a lot of dogs like him who are amazing and wonderful.
“We want everyone to flood their local shelters. We know the homes are there for Rusty…and all those other dogs we know are hard to place.”
People don’t always believe Rivadeneira when she takes potential adopters away from Rusty. A man sparked a “ruckus” when the shelter refused to send Rusty home with him because his longtime dog, a Chihuahua, is a breed Rusty has been aggressive with in the past.
Sending a dog home to the wrong family can be disappointing for the adopter and dangerous for the adopted animal. In Rusty’s case, fighting with other dogs could put him on the wrong side of local dog ordinances and risk euthanasia, and it protects kind-hearted families who naively adopt him from future heartache. love.
For now, Rusty has been cared for by a local rescue partner who can give him more individualized training to identify and overcome the behavioral issues that have caused guilt-ridden families to send him back to the shelter.