I can no longer keep my dog, can Guardian take it?
This is a question we are asked dozens of times a day for a variety of different reasons. At Guardian Pit Bull Rescue we believe that the best place for a dog is the home they are already in. That doesn’t mean that keeping your dog will be easy, but in most cases there are options.
When you got the dog you committed to that dog for its lifetime. You most likely didn’t go into it thinking I’ll keep him/her as long as their perfect and easy right? So giving up on them now simply because there is an undesirable behavior or situation isn’t necessarily the most responsible step, although it usually seems to be the easiest.
If you contact us about taking your dog the very first question we are going to ask is “WHY”. These are the most common answers and how we’ll most likely respond:
- “I am moving”
- How long have you known you were moving?
- Are you moving to a city/country that doesn’t allow Pit Bull type dogs?
- Are there any renters in that area that also have Pit Bull type dogs?
- Have you contacted any Pit Bull rescues in that area to ask for any Housing resources?
- “My dog’s aren’t getting along”
- “Have you consulted a trainer or behaviorist to evaluate the behavior/situation?
- If the answer to that is NO it’s the equivalent to giving your car away because you have a dead battery. Contact a professional and fix the problem. If it can’t be fixed, the professional will certainly tell you as much.
- “We’re having a baby so the Pit Bull has to go”
- Congratulations!! What does that have to do with the dog being evicted?
- There are proper ways to introduce dogs to new babies and plenty of resources online to help as well. You can also contact a trainer/behaviorist to come out before the baby arrives to give some pointers and help you plan. Our founders have a newborn child and 5 Pit Bulls, so we’re confident you can make arrangements to keep baby and dogs safe and happy through the transition.
- “I don’t have time to give him the attention he deserves”
- We take in dogs that without us would be dead in less than 72 hours. Your dog does deserve a good life, but it’s the life that YOU promised him/her. We all understand that life gets busy and sometimes a dog may not get that ideal 2 mile walk every day like clockwork or that extra play time or trips to the dog park but they are much more comfortable and happy in your home than on the cold concrete floor of a shelter.
Owning a dog is a lifelong commitment and promise that we feel should be honored. It may not always be easy and of course there are some circumstances when it is warranted to rehome a dog but giving your dog away to a rescue should certainly not be the first, second, or third option.