Staff and volunteers of the Elmbrook Humane Society will be blogging about what's going on at the society, as well as other observations about life in Wisconsin.
The mission of the Elmbrook Humane Society is to promote the human-animal bond through adoption and education, to provide shelter to homeless animals, and to prevent animal cruelty and neglect. EBHS services the city of Brookfield, the villages of Butler, Chenequa, Elm Grove and Nashotah, and the towns of Brookfield and Delafield. EBHS shelters unwanted pets and strays, and rescues injured domestic animals and wildlife, provides resources for individuals with companion animals and provides Humane Education to schools and civic groups.
Visit our web site at www.EBHS.org.
I am getting ready to drive to Florida for a family trip to visit my mother so I have been very busy and neglecting my blog. Rest assured, I will be checking out the local shelter in Florida, where my mom is a volunteer, and I will provide you with a full report on what is going on down there.
I have gotten a few emails from people in regard to my previous post asking what they can do to help pitbulls, and pitbull mixes. In answer to that I have to say LEAD BY EXAMPLE! If you have room in your home, and your life for another dog, adopt a pit or pit mix. Sure, they might not have the look you wanted, or be the size you wanted, but you will be showing people that these dogs are worth adopting - and they are! I have a senior dog at my house, and when he is no longer with me, I will be adopting a pit or mix in need at my shelter. My sister in NY just adopted a pit mix from a shelter there, a Lab-pit mix named Dagny - and my sister is just in love with her.
If you adopt or otherwise get a pit or pit mix into your home - please spay or neuter if it is not already done. Then make sure that you train, properly socialize and give lots of exercise to this dog. Understand the needs, they are giant terriers and need a lot of exercise, and they need to be physically and mentally stimulated to be happy. Your dog will be an ambassador to everyone else, and it is your responsibility to meet this dog's needs.
If you have adopted a pitbull or pit mix, go to our home page, click on the Facebook link, and write about why you adopted your dog, and why this has been a positive experience for you (no bad comments, or promoting trainers or other groups please - those comments will be deleted). The stories are to be about you and your dog and why you decided to give a pitbull a chance. Hopefully others will read and consider helping one of these animals from a terrible fate.
Also wanted to let people know that in Wisconsin, the animals that spend the most time in shelters are adult pitbulls (which you already know), any kind of hound or hound mix, and Beagles. We have already covered the pits, and the reasons why they are here. But the hounds, and Beagles are also needing homes and we need people to open up their hearts and minds and consider those breeds as well.
Hounds and Beagles are often stray, because people tend to not keep them on leash, or in the case of hounds, just let them run with a pack, especially up North. Both types of dogs have special personalities, and needs, but can also be excellent companions for families. They can bark, they love to chase animals, but they also love to be loved by people. So, if maybe a pitbull is just a breed you cannot consider, please help the shelters of Wisconsin find homes for the Beagles and hound dogs.
Have a wonderful weekend, and spring break - especially all the kids off from school next week! I will post again on the 21st! See you then!