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Thank you for giving Marley a chance - she sounds like an absolute sweetheart. And thank you to your brother-in-law for saving her and her sibling!
6 months ago on A Wonderful Surprise
Thank you so much for this profile. As a DC resident, I have been so impressed with the WHS under Lisa's leadership. At their adoption center, "My Pit Bull is Family" bumper stickers are everywhere. Their mobile adoption van, Adopt Force One, has a huge photo of a "pit bull type dog" emblazoned right along its side. Their weekly adoptable dog promotions feature pit bull mixes really often, and during their appearances on local TV shows, they also often bring an adopt-a-bull with them.
As an open access shelter, they don't have the luxury of picking and choosing which dogs to take on, and the change from the previous regime to Lisa's forward looking approach has been remarkable. I have met several staff members and despite being overworked and understaffed, they work so hard for the dogs in their care, and their adoption of new practices like play groups, running groups, and rooming dogs together - are just a few among many improvements I'm privileged to see developing every day. I'm privileged to support WHS, and can't thank Lisa and the whole staff enough for the work they do.
6 months ago on Lisa - an Every Day Superhero
The compassion and strength you show in giving sanctuary to dogs like Snoopy are truly special. It must have been heartwrenching for Snoopy's human to have to surrender him, and for Snoopy to enjoy his last days surrounded by love and comfort are truly priceless. Thank you for all that you do.
7 months, 1 week ago on A Sanctuary for Snoopy
"Almost without exception"? There is no empirical data whatsoever to support this prejudice against pitbulls and their guardians - which PETA perpetuates. It has clearly lost its way as an organization. I know some regard Ingrid Newkirk as some kind of heroine, but I think her time has passed. Whatever vision she originally had - it has gotten lost in lust for attention and power. Frankly, I also question whether PETA has any real commitment to companion animals, beyond spay-and-neuter - or whether they just hang around for the attention-grabbing headlines.
Ingrid was on NPR recently, lambasting San Francisco ACC for its new WOOF program - a risky but innovative and obviously very carefully thought through approach. Shelter animals need creative thinkers, but it seems all Ingrid and PETA want is to spay, neuter, or euthanize them.
Mina, thank you for taking a courageous stand. I can only imagine what a struggle this has been for you. PETA is no friend to companion animals, period. That they single out pitbulls for special "attention" (read: annihilation) is disappointing, but not surprising.
8 months, 4 weeks ago on A Letter to PETA
Volunteers are the often unsung heroes of the shelter world. Thank you
for all that you do, and for sharing your story. So happy this beautiful
girl has been adopted.
9 months, 3 weeks ago on Team Volunteer
While reading this, I was smiling and nodding along the whole time. Reminds me so much of my own not-so-little black & white pup! What a joy Griffin must be to have around.
I am so sorry to hear of his illness. His joy in living must feel so bittersweet. I have tears in my eyes as I type this. It is a gift to treasure.
10 months ago on Goofy Griffin