Cody is available for adoption at North Mecklenburg Animal Rescue.
You might have heard the rumors – “rescue dogs are dangerous”. Our city, Charlotte, has done a lot to reinforce this idea. But remember – not everything you hear is true.
Animal shelters are hard at work providing for homeless animals and searching for their forever home. There are a lot of challenges that they face, from poor funding, overpopulation, and a lack of public awareness. North Carolina legislation has been making it even harder on rescue centers.
On January 1st, 2014, House Bill 956 was made effective. It’s purpose is to regulate aggressive dog breeds – “aggressive breed” defined as: Pit bull, Rottweiler, Mastiff, Chow, and Perro de Presa Canario. Here’s the thing though – breed alone doesn’t make an animal more dangerous. For those concerned about public safety, there are plenty of promising alternatives to breed specific legislature, such as leash laws. The problem is that “dangerous” is being defined by breed of dog, not previous or current dangerous behavior.
Breed alone doesn’t make an animal more dangerous.
Emmy is available for adoption at North Mecklenburg Animal Rescue.
As one organization, OVDO, says, “Dog control problems are people problems, and are not limited to a breed or mix.” So far, twenty one states have prohibited breed specific legislation by state law. Declaring an animal dangerous based solely on it’s breed, size, or mix of breeds isn’t largely fact based; it’s just making adoptions more difficult.
Dog control problems are people problems, and are not limited to a breed.
Blue colored states prohibit breed specific legislation.
Finding the right placement for homeless dogs with lots of love to give can be a difficult task to begin with. But when our local government supports ideas of danger based on breeds, people can be hesitant to look into fostering or adopting. The first step in losing this stigma is changing legislature. It’s responsible for giving the public the perception that breed is the factor that makes a dangerous dog.
Reecy is available for adoption at North Mecklenburg Animal Rescue.
Our goal is to increase foster and adoption rates by reducing stigmas around rescue animals.
You can inspire change too.
Showing support for shelters by volunteering, donating money or items, or fostering/adopting is an incredible service that goes two ways. You can advocate for change in our legislature by contacting your state representative and inquiring about breed specific laws in your area. Ready for a new addition to the family? Check out available dogs in the CLT area @ North Mecklenburg Animal Rescue.