JAMESTOWN - The Chautauqua County Humane Society is waiving the adoption fee on all of their pit bulls and pit bull mixes during the "Unleash the Love" adoption special the week leading up to Valentine's Day. There are several pit bulls and pit bull mixes at the shelter awaiting adoption and CCHS encourages potential adopters to visit the shelter in hopes of finding each dog a permanent home.
The "Unleash the Love" adoption special will run from Feb. 10-15. Normal adoption procedures and shelter business hours remain in effect.
"Despite their negative stigma, pit bulls are just like any other dogs," said Sue Bobek, Humane Outreach Coordinator for CCHS. "With the right amount of training and love, they can be a perfect addition to your family."
Alvin, an adoption hopeful at CCHS, was a scared, homeless dog that was delivered to the shelter by animal control in the middle of a cold, winter day. He is one of many pit bulls waiting to be adopted at the shelter’s “Unleash the Love” event.
During the early part of the 1900s, pit bulls were one of the most popular dogs in the United States. Due to unrestricted breeding in the community, CCHS takes in dozens of pit bulls and pit bull mixes each year.
Recently, CCHS implemented a new Dog Play Group rehabilitation program that has been extremely effective with dog adoptions, especially with pit bulls. Dogs are pack animals; they naturally like being with other dogs and thrive with dog-dog socializing. The play groups allow three to five dogs to interact together with little human interference during playtime. This reduces each dog's stress levels and allows their true personality to come out.
"When potential adopters would visit the shelter in the past, the dogs would get so excited to see new people that they would jump, pull, bark or display other unattractive behaviors," Bobek said. "Now that the dogs are given time to burn off that extra energy, they behave better and in turn become more adoptable."
All dogs adopted from CCHS are spayed/neutered, microchipped and have received age-appropriate vaccinations.
For more information on the Chautauqua County Humane Society or to learn more about volunteer opportunities with Dog Play Groups, visit www.spcapets.com or call 665-2209 ext. 205.
The mission of the Chautauqua County Humane Society is to promote the adoption of animals, prevent all forms of animal cruelty and neglect, shelter lost, abandoned and homeless animals, and to provide education about the humane treatment of animals.