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Pit bulls and Baltimore: a unique story

Pit BullsBaltimore is known for many things.  It’s home of The Domino Sugar Company, the birthplace of the Star Spangled Banner, famous for Inner Harbor and where Babe Ruth began his baseball career.  But what many Baltimorians are not aware of is Charm City’s distinctly unique relationship with the pit bull breed.

“About 10-20% of the dogs that we have available for adoption at any given time are Pit Bulls or Pit Bull mixes,” said Deborah Land, Public Relations Coordinator for the Maryland Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

The MDSPCA is just one of the many shelters in the Baltimore area, and it is safe to assume this percentage can be applied to all adoption centers in the area.

“It usually isn’t difficult to find adopters for the pit bulls in our adoption program, but on average they probably take a few days longer to adopt than some of our other dogs,” said Land.  “The adoption process for pit bulls is more involved than for our other animals because we want to make sure people are well-informed about the breed and prepared to take good care of them.”

With the common misconception that pit bulls are overly aggressive and, as a direct result, are amongst the most un-favored dogs to adopt, Land explained MDSPCA takes the necessary precautions with the pit bulls at the shelter, as with any other dog that comes into their care.

“We behavior test all of our animals, including pit bulls, in an effort to prevent the placement of an aggressive animal in a home,” said Land.

Amongst the adoptive community, there are many individuals who are set on pit bulls when looking to adopt.  This could be the result of favoritism of the breed or genuine compassion for pit bulls and the negative stigma attached to them.

“Some people definitely come to the MDSPCA looking to adopt a pit bull,” said Land, but “Some cities and counties, such as Montgomery County, prohibit the adoption of pit bulls.”

Bill Neidhardt, the owner of two female pit bulls, hasn’t ever witnessed a “bad pit bull encounter.”

“My dogs are pretty docile,” said Neidhardt, “We’ve never had a problem with other people or other dogs.  I think pit bulls are a great breed for individuals or families; it all depends on how you train them.”

For more information on Pit Bull rescue and adoption, visit Pit Bull Rescue Central.


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BMORE Humane Night Hike

On Wednesday, I met with Amanda Serafini, the Adoptions & Shelter Volunteer Director at the Baltimore Humane Society in Reisterstown, Md and joined a volunteer group as they participated in the weekly Night Hikes on the BMORE Humane Society’s grounds.

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Dog portraits by local Baltimore artist

Photo Courtesy of Unleashed

Looking for a unique way to pay tribute to your furry friend?

Gil Jawetz, a local Baltimore artist whose work has been celebrated in publications such as New York magazine, the Baltimore Sun and Urbanite magazine, offers dog owners a service that provides a one-of-a-kind portraits and paintings featuring their best friends.

“He does beautiful work,” says Brennan Kahl, owner of Peace. Love. Dog Walking, LLC.  “Aside from painting, he contributes a lot to animal shelters and other causes in the [Baltimore] area.”

According to his website, Jawetz has made donations of and from his work to BARCS (Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Shelter), The Maryland SPCA, Paws 4 a Cause, Baltimore County Humane Society, Mid-Atlantic German Shepherd Rescue, Legacy Boxer Rescue and Barkin Arts NYC.

Want more information? Email or follow Jawetz on twitter.

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March for the Animals 2010 photos

Here’s some pictures I took on Sunday, at the 15th Annual March for the Animals at Druid Hill Park. More information about the event can be found here.

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MDSPCA’s March for the Animals 2010

Just got home from the 15th Annual March for the Animals at Druid Hill Park in Baltimore; what a great turnout!

“We were really looking forward to a big crowd this year…I think we got it,” said Nancy Willock, a volunteer working at the event.  Willock said the events online registration had already raised over $180,000 before today’s walk-up donations were accounted for.

Here’s some video of the crowd and some of the vendors:

Be sure to check back for more pictures, video and coverage.

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Local Baltimore USDA certified dog food

K-9 Kraving Dog Food is the first and only dog food company to receive the United States Department of Agriculture‘s certification.  Formally a hot dog producer, Boesl Packing Company, Inc. changed their business plan in 2000, and introduced their line of healthy, raw pet food.

All K-9 Kraving products are manufactured in Baltimore at Boesl’s Belair Road plant, using only USDA inspected ingredients.  All free-range bison, turkey, beef, chicken, duck, mackerel, bone and vegetables used in the K-9 Kraving diet are grown or raised in the United States.

A number of different products are available from K-9 Kraving and are packaged in one or two-pound air-tight chubs or vacuum sealed patties.  Meal products are frozen until thawed and served, and treats are available in snack bags.

According to K-9 Kraving’s website,

“USDA Certification means the United States Department of Agriculture formally confirms the integrity of K-9 Kraving brand products as genuine and guarantees a higher standard. During production, a USDA agent is present—inspecting every ingredient and their sources, ensuring equipment, water, food handling and employees maintain strict sanitation codes. As a result, K-9 Kraving carries the distinctive USDA Certified seal. (A-17095)”

K-9 Kraving raw diet dog food is available at Dogma – Life, With Your Pet in Mt. Washington, PetDepot in Timonium and Graul’s Market in Hereford.  Other retailers in Maryland and across the U.S. can be found here.

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Wednesday Night Hikes at Baltimore Humane Society

Tonight kicks of the Baltimore Humane Society‘s Wednesday Night Hikes around their downtown campus. Participants are encouraged to bring their own dogs, or walk one from the shelter.

The hike runs from 6:30 – 7:30pm and are scheduled for every Wednesday now through October.  For more information, visit the B-More Humane event calendar.

Unfortunately I couldn’t make it tonight but for those of you who were able to attend, how was it?

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