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A good tale about a deserving tail

Being labeled a pit bull can doom a shelter dog's chances of adoption, a study by Arizona State University researchers found.
Being labeled a pit bull can doom a shelter dog's chances of adoption, a study by Arizona State University researchers found. The Washington Post

Wonderful things are happening at Manatee County Animal Services. Their new “Dream Team” is in place and we welcome Sarah, Maddie and Hans to the community. The chief, kennel manager and outreach and events specialist are already making innovative changes to help boost adoptions and improve the quality of life for their charges.

Meanwhile, I want to share a special adoption story. On Monday, a mom and her daughter came to the shelter and said, “We want to adopt a pit pull and we want to take one who has been here the longest.” After meeting the three longest residents, all wonderful, friendly dogs, they went home with an exuberant dog named Queso, who had been at MCAS since August 2015.

As a volunteer who works with the 80-plus dogs on an almost daily basis, I fall in love with so many of these dogs and rejoice in their adoption. Seeing the joy that this family and Queso had together touched me deeply.

I encourage all dog lovers to donate their time to help us enrich the dogs’ lives through playgroups, walks and one-on-one time. You really can make a difference and you can do it on your own time schedule. Some dog walkers come in at 8 a.m. to avoid the heat; others drop in after work or on Saturdays.

Thanks to volunteers, Queso got enrichment over the many months, enrichment that allowed him to charm his new owners and get the forever home he so richly deserves.

Please help the other dogs find their homes by considering adopting, fostering, volunteering or donating. There are some wonderful canines depending on us all.

Visit mymanatee.org/pets to sign up for orientation or get hours and directions to Manatee County Animal Services.

Debra Starr

Palmetto

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