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Adoption: Puppies vs. Old Dogs

Everyone loves a new puppy.  Besides the fact that they’re cute and cuddly, puppies offer something older dogs can’t: a chance to watch them grow with the family.  But where’s the old dog love?

Back in April, Dogster’s for the love of the dog Blog put together a slide show of submitted photos from their readers.  The photos had only one criteria, “Dogster is seeking photos of readers’ old dogs, with little descriptions to go along with them. Your dog can be in Dog Heaven, as long as you submit a photo of him/her in older years.”

The slide show turned out great–it gives you that warm fuzzy feeling for your old friends.  Recently, many younger adoptive owners are considering senior dogs over puppies.

“From now on, I’m going to only adopt old dogs,” said Katelyn Rockwell, a student and animal shelter volunteer.  “I’m going to hold off on adopting a puppy until I have a family.”

Older dogs, like the three now available for adoption at the Baltimore Humane Society, usually have discounted adoption fees.  In addition to generally lower costs (including fees, short-lived toys, replacing destroyed items in your home, etc.) older dogs are usually pre-trained.  That gives owner and dog more time to lay around and get to know each other.

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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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AASPCA’s Walk for the Animals 2010

The SPCA of Anne Arundel County is hosting their 19th Annual Walk for the Animals at Quiet Waters Park in Annapolis, this Sunday from 8:00am to noon.

All money raised will help the AASPCA care for the 4,000 homeless animals taken in each year.  Walkers are encouraged but not required to bring their dogs to the choice of a 1 mile, 2.5 mile or 5 mile course around the park.

The event will also feature giveaways, vendors and demonstrations.

Some rules apply:

  • All dogs must be current on vaccinations and at least 6 months old
  • Owners must clean up after their pet (bags will be provided)
  • Pets must be kept under control or owner will be asked to leave
  • Dogs must be kept on non-retractable leashes
  • Female dogs in heat prohibited

Pledge sheets are available at registration on the day of the event and donations are encouraged, but not mandatory.  Prizes will be awarded to individuals who raise a minimum of $30.  Grand prize winner will receive two round-trip domestic flight tickets from AirTran Airways.

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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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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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