POSTED: Monday, January 31, 2011 - 3:57am
UPDATED: Tuesday, March 8, 2011 - 5:16pm
AS REPORTED BY THE LUFKIN DAILY NEWS:
About two years ago, Lufkin Animal Control officials decided to stop putting pit bulldogs up for adoption at Kurth Memorial Animal Shelter. Instead, they chose to send adoptable pit bulls to other shelters or rescues that can better assess each individual dog’s temperament to see what kind of home it needs.
“When we did adopt pit bulls, not many were adopted. Now, the ones that we would have thought could be adopted are sent out to rescue,” said Animal Control Director Rhonda McLendon. “We’re usually successful.”
When a dog is taken into a rescue, McLendon said, it is usually sent to a foster home, where its personality is assessed to determine if it can be in a home with other pets or children. It’s difficult to assess a dog’s personality while it’s in the shelter because it tends to be a noisy, stressful environment.
“Most dogs don’t act the way they would at home,” McLendon said.
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