Cooper and the Big Black Dog Syndrome … Adopt, Don’t Shop.

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Today, we’re going to talk about the importance of rescuing/adopting dogs and cats and why Walter Duke + Partners, a pet friendly office, is proud to support the Broward County Animal Care & Adoption Center and Humane Society of Broward County.

Take, for example, Cooper (pictured above right) who was rescued in Gainesville by our daughter, Kate.

Cooper is a former pit bull/Labrador “bait dog.” Bait dogs, used in conjunction with illegal fighting activities, are tied to poles, often have their mouths taped, or in Cooper’s case, teeth shaved down as to not damage the “fighting dogs.” Sadly, as a result, a heavily-scared Cooper finds himself missing part of his ear and tongue.

Hearing of his past, and seeing how challenging his rescue would be, we adopted him.

Now, along with Kaze, the official Office Dog, those two are in charge of our security division.

You see friends, even with all that, Cooper is still one of the lucky ones.

Here’s some very sad facts about animal shelters.

  • There are reports that 90% of all animals turned into a shelter are euthanized.
  • If your dog is big, black, or any of the “bully” breeds like Cooper (Pit, Rottie, Mastiff, etc), chances are very slim they will ever be adopted.
  • If a dog isn’t adopted within the first 72 hours, it will most likely be destroyed.

The shelter environment is hostile. Animals are confined to a small run/kennel with many other crying and barking dogs. Lucky few are taken for a walk (by volunteers). Dogs will relieve themselves where they sleep.

Dogs confined in these circumstances will soon become “kennel protective” and are destroyed for showing signs of aggression.

With millions of homeless dogs in the world, and a large number currently in shelters waiting one of two options, a forever home, or death, people are reluctant to rescue an animal based upon certain preconceived notions.

They’re in the shelter because something is wrong with them.

Many believe dogs end up in shelters because they’re strays, vicious, or aggressive. The sad reality is most animals are owner turn-ins, given up for a variety of reasons (financial, moving, divorce).

You’ll never know their history.

Perhaps true, but does it really matter? Once you bring that dog into a loving home with a good pack leader, all will probably be forgotten.

Dogs don’t dwell on the past, so why should you?

They aren’t purebred.

We say, who cares? Unless you’re looking to breed or seeking a show dog, mixed breed dogs are often free of the genetic or behavioral problems that are typical of some pure breeds,

If you live in an area with breed specific laws (BSL) that ban certain dogs, like pit bulls or Rottweilers, having that other identifiable breed in the mix can avoid issues with your dog being outlawed.

Adopt, don’t shop.

In 2014, as Mayor of Dania Beach, my colleagues and I passed an ordinance requiring local pet shops to sell only cats and dogs from shelters, rescue groups and humane societies.

Walter Duke + Partners promotes responsible pet ownership decisions. So, the next time you want to add a dog to your family or your pack, adopt, don’t shop — you’ll save a life and find a faithful friend at the same time.

Please visit the Broward Humane Society and save your own Cooper!

Pictures of Kaze and Cooper

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