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How Do Breed Restrictions Affect Shelters

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John Griffin is the director of shelter services at the Women’s Humane Society in Bensalem, PA. They are committed to the humane and compassionate treatment of animals and are distinguished as America’s First Animal Shelter.

How does Breed Specific Legislature affect shelters?

The way it affects us is, we tend to see people who aren’t surrendering because they can’t afford food for their dog or they can’t afford vet service but because they have to move and they can’t bring their animal with them. Now this dog is at a shelter. It doesn’t understand why it’s scared. It takes up a kennel.

On the outcome rate: so if I have people who rent and they can’t adopt a Pit Bull or German Shepherd, you know a Rottweiler, a Mastiff, an Akita, Siberian Husky, well now that’s an adopter that may be interested in this dog, but they can’t have it, right? These dogs who in many if not most cases are perfectly wonderful dogs, just happened to look a certain way.

BSL is not good for shelter!

BSL makes it hard for pit bull type dogs to find homes, yet they are still number one bred dog in America! We are making new dogs while having a hard time finding homes for the ones already here. Enforcement of breeders is lack, and any regular Joe can breed a dog in their backyard. We need to ask our lawmakers to put stricter enforcement on breeder licensing and regulation.

Scary numbers about the beloved dogs:

There are too many dogs and not enough people to adopt them. Taking dogs in and keeping them costs shelters a lot of money. They are literally throwing money at an incredible dog who cannot be adopted because of a legislature that does nothing to keep our communities safe in the first place.