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The Story of Miss Lilly
I was a volunteer at a local shelter and met a Pit Bull named Miss Lilly. She had been at the facility for quite a while and I fell in love with her. While working at this facility I would walk the Pit Bulls because I love the breed. I was still sort of naive about how shelters operate and especially how this shelter operated. You have to understand that most shelters are about saving a few and killing the rest, instead of putting any energy into proactively getting them ready for adoption.
Miss Lilly, a beautiful sweet natured, deaf white Pit Bull had been languishing at the shelter for a long time (about 2 years). I would walk her whenever possible. I was so impressed with Miss Lilly's courage to tolerate her miserable living conditions. I was suspicious why such a lovely dog had not been adopted in this length of time, so I asked if I could foster Miss Lilly, or at least take her for the weekend so she could have a rest from the noise and smell of the shelter. I was told "No, it would be too traumatic when she had to come back to the shelter."
I thought long and hard about how I could provide her the best home possible, and I believed I would be able to provide that for her. When I informed the shelter that I was interested in adopting her, management made a hasty decision to kill her. Their excuse was that she had a neurological disorder. It was clear when I walked her she was healthy enough to enjoy herself thoroughly. This dog had been held hostage for over two years and not until I tried to adopt her, did they kill her. My heart was broken.
I discovered most shelters were killing dogs based on their appearance. DNA tests have proven shelter staff has an extremely high failure rate for the accurate identification of Pit Bull or Pit Mix dogs. These dogs are being killed by the thousands without so much as a temperament test. I made every effort to encourage the shelter to adopt a more enlightened stance, but all suggestions were met with a fierce hostility and a refusal to stop the killing.
I read Nathan Winograd's book "Redemption" and realized his wisdom was no match for their ignorance. That compelled me to make it my mission to help save as many Friendly Pit Bull type dogs as I could, and to try and change how shelters viewed Pit Bulls.