Dog shelter urges permanent homes for pit bulls

Lucas County Canine Care and Control’s “Glass City Pitties” program will provide a $150 per dog incentive to local rescues that take in more pit bulls for adoption

TOLEDO, Ohio — When it comes to being man’s best friend, pit bulls often get a bad rap and are often the dogs that fill shelters.

But a new grant seeks to help find good homes for this breed at Lucas County Canine Care & Control.

The Glass City Pitties program will use the $15,000 grant to inspire local rescuers to tackle LC4 pit bulls and end the stigma.

Best Friends Animal Society is a national non-profit animal rescue organization in Utah with the goal of helping shelters save as many animals as they get and achieve the overall goal of not kill the shelters.

Ridley is a 3-year-old pit at LC4 who has been stuck at the Toledo Central Shelter for two months.

“A lot of these dogs have no behavioral issues, no medical issues,” Friends of Lucas County Dogs president Dou Dibble said, “we have so many pities they’re neglected.”

Pit bulls make up 90% or more of dogs at LC4. That’s why the new program enlists the help of local rescues to get more pit bulls adopted.

“We will pay an incentive to these rescue partners to transfer the dogs to their shelters,” Dibble said.

Local rescues must be 501c3 approved and they will receive a $150 incentive for every pit bull they take. The program is also reserved for dogs that have been at LC4 for more than a month.

“We’re going through the fall with a lot of dogs, so it’s a bit strange,” said LC4 manager Kelly Sears.

The shelter currently has 142 dogs; well over the normal capacity of 100. Almost all of the dogs are pit bulls or mixed breeds and are abandoned or found stray.

She says many are neglected simply because of their race and are stuck in the shelter for too long.

“I just want to focus on the ones that have been here the longest because the longer they’ve been in the shelter the more stressed they are,” Sears said, “and even the nicest shelter is still a shelter and that’s not is not a house.”

They say the new program will give these dogs more exposure and a better chance of being adopted sooner.

Sears added that they expect matching donations to accompany the $15,000 grant.

In total, they believe the new program will help around 200 dogs find forever homes.