In December 2022, three dogs named Jambo, Ernie, and Miss Pearl left the Miami-Dade Shelter on a journey to Animal Farm Foundation in New York. Despite their good behavior, their appearance as “pit bull” mixes made finding homes for them challenging in Miami-Dade due to breed-specific restrictions. However, a recent bill passed in Florida will eliminate these restrictions, promoting equitable and inclusive dog adoption practices starting from October 2023. This legislation signifies a significant stride towards giving all dogs an equal opportunity to find loving homes.
We love when people celebrate dogs, whether it’s their own dogs or rescue dogs. But, the language we use to talk about these celebrations should reflect where we are, not where we’ve been.
Advocating against breed-specific legislation involves a lot of emotion, but we need to focus on facts and solutions to make positive change happen.
ESAs play an important role in mental health and society needs to respect that.
We aren’t comfortable letting discrimination stand and you shouldn’t be either.
It’s a common thing for people in animal welfare to speak out about breed-discriminatory policies, whether they be at the county or state level, or even housing restrictions. Yet, people largely remain silent when it comes to companies with discriminatory policies. In fact, many animal welfare organizations routinely partner and promote such businesses. That has […]
“Pit bull” dog advocates can be just as guilty of believing stereotypes and myths as pro-BSL individuals. Your efforts should focus on science, not myth.
A dog’s adoption bio means everything to potential adopters – and the dogs in your care.
Are we helping dogs or reinforcing stereotypes?
Mandatory spay & neuter regulations may sound like a great idea but they often increase shelter populations.