In response to Joanne Lindsay's July 7 letter ("Some pets unsuitable for adoption"), I will acknowledge that being 100 percent No Kill may not be possible but I think we can come close.
I have been walking dogs at the shelter for two years and the majority of them are strong pit bulls and yes, it is loud.
As most animal lovers know, dogs locked in cages for hours do bark. Depressing? Depends on your outlook.
I always left with a smile as each dog I walked showed me unconditional love during our walk. I didn't need to sit on them or punch them. I believe each walk prepared them for their forever home.
Ms. Lindsay says that pit bulls should not be adopted because they have "no sense of training and no interaction with humans."
These dogs are lovable and are highly trainable. Since walking dogs at the shelter, my family has adopted two pit bulls. Both learned quickly and I can't put into words the joy they bring.
The first time I walked dogs at the shelter wasn't easy. Instead of blaming the dogs and never going back, I started watching dog training shows (thank you, Cesar!) and reading up on dog training.
I challenge Ms. Lindsay to get educated about all breeds instead of jumping to the conclusion that just because she couldn't work with the animal that they are not fit to be adopted.
We need to encourage people to spay and neuter so we won't have unwanted animals to begin with.
Thanks to all the staff and volunteers at Manatee County Animal Services for your hard work and dedication.