There’s no shortage of abandoned dogs and puppies in Alabama. There is no breed more misunderstood, abused, neglected – and cast out – on the streets and byways in Alabama than the breed commonly referred to as the “Pit Bull”.
Take a peek at Facebook. You will find plea after plea for rescue, veterinary care, foster and adoptive homes for this breed. Alabama Animal Control facilities are virtually overwhelmed, and many facilities follow policies that do not allow this breed to be placed for adoption. This policy leaves the dogs’ only option for life in the hands of equally strapped rescue organizations.
According to Alabama animal control officers, the majority of Pit Bulls surrendered, confiscated, or picked up have received less than minimum care from owners. All too often, dogs and puppies are dumped out on the streets to fend for themselves. A large portion are pregnant, emaciated, sick or injured. The greater number are unaltered.
A Great Resource for rescuers of Pit Bull dogs is right at your fingertips on the computer keyboard:
When Birmingham resident Amy Thompson found a young female stray Pit Bull, limping, covered with fleas and starving on the side of the road, she took advantage of Pit Bull Rescue Central’s spay and neuter assistance. Amy says that she lives on a road that seems to be a popular dumping ground for discarded “Pitties”, and this dog was not the first to whom she had given refuge.
“The first thing I do is start looking for a good home, since I have many dogs to care for, many acquired from similar circumstances as “Daisy”, the name given the little refugee.
“Vetting, including spay or neuter can be costly, so I was skeptical as to how I would be able to shoulder the additional expense. But, I was in luck. A friend with Bama Bully Rescue, www.bamabully.org/, an Alabama Pit Bull Rescue, recommended PIT BULL RESCUE CENTRAL (PBRC) at http://www.pbrc.net/ for assistance. Thompson says that she went to PBRC’s website, http://www.pbrc.net/fund/ap_neuter.html and filled out an online application, and immediately received a response. Within 12 hours, the application was approved. PBRC also offered to list “Daisy” on their website, once she was spayed. “Turns out,” Thompson said, “by reaching out to PBRC help,
“Daisy” has a fabulous home.” She was adopted on the day I went to pick her up after her surgery – by an employee at the veterinary clinic in which she was spayed.”
PBRC’s stated mission is, “To envision a compassionate world where pit bulls and pit bull mixes reside in responsible, loving homes and where their honor and positive image is restored and preserved” :
Help relieve suffering of and prevent cruelty to dogs identified as pit bulls and mixes thereof, through the public dissemination of educational information.
Help reduce the number of homeless pit bulls and mixes thereof, through the public dissemination of educational information.
Facilitate the rescue and placement of homeless dogs identified primarily as pit bulls and mixes thereof, into responsible homes.
North Alabama resident, Patricia Pridmore sings the praises of PBRC as well, in that she took in a box full of five 7-week old puppies that a woman thrust at her, after Pridmore was flagged down on a country road.
“I contacted Bama Bully Rescue, who didn’t have space or a foster for them at the time, and they suggested contacting PBRC. PBRC paid for low-cost spay/neuter certificates from Alabama Animal Adoption Society, Bama Bullies paid for pain medication and vaccinations. With this most needed help, all the pups were ready for adoption in no time.”
Thompson and Pridmore agree,“Without assistance of PBRC, along with the other Alabama rescues, the pups would not have been ready for adoption. Luckily, they all found homes. We will always be grateful for PBRC., and want to spread the word about their most valuable work and help to everyday people who try to save Pit Bulls.”
PBRC was founded in 1996 by Veronica Chester and her husband, Rob. It began as a simple, single web page. It has now grown into one of the most trusted sources of pit bull information on the internet! PBRC is a virtual shelter for homeless Pit Bulls, Am Staffs and Pit Mixes. PBRC has clearly proven to be an accessible and valuable resource for animal advocates and rescuers in Alabama.