Among the dogs shelter is some pair the shelter has taken to calling Clyde and Bonnie. They are an 8-year-old blind Labrador and also a 6-year-old Dachshund who serves as the Laboratory’s “seeing eye dog” Belmont County Dog Warden Lisa Williams stated the both of them would make outstanding pets.
“We are looking for someone who’s willing — they’re a bonded pair — to take them both. He has got around. He seems to be healthy differently, but he’s blind, but he can quite nicely,” she said. “It just takes a particular person.”
Meanwhile another older group, Sunshine and Crystal, both anticipated to be 9 years old, are in practice as part of a program at the Belmont Correctional Institute, in which they’re taught basic commands. The pair wait for a home to shoot them in and have been lifelong companions.
Williams stated there are close to 60 dogs at the shelter and an additional 10 being educated at the Belmont Correctional Institution. There are close to 50 cats at the shelter.
Last summer, the protector adopted a new policy of no more accepting cats due to overcrowding and expenditures. The team is focusing on finding houses for all those cats housed there. The shield is offering sale prices of $125 for the first and $62.50 for your next to individuals who’d like to adopt two cats.
“We have got lots of favorable cats. There’s a couple that does not like to be picked up,” she said. “We’ve got a lot of kids who are 4 to 6 months old”
She included these were born after the protector changed its policy and ceased taking cats.
While the number of puppies at the shelter is large, Williams stated the single most important problem is the range of pit bulls in need of houses.
“Our biggest problem with all the puppies is the amount of pit bulls and pit mixes we’ve. We probably just embrace one of those out every week, and we’ve got three decades of pit bulls and pit mixes,” she said. “There’s one pit bull who has been staying here for three decades.”
She added that a few dogs have been at the shelter for two decades, and others for over a year. Williams said close to 70 percent of those dogs at the shelter are pit bulls or pit bull mixes. She stated a number of the pit bulls were seized during drug busts, although others had been shot for humane motives, but the majority are stray or abandoned animals.
Williams asks anyone who’s missing a puppy to phone the shelter rather than commenting on the protector’s Facebook page.
“We don’t have time to go on Facebook and see everyone’s substance,” she said. “They will need to predict the shelter. That’s the significant thing. If something’s missing, we might have it.”
She added that the protector is having fewer problems with other puppy breeds.
“Another breeds of puppies we are finding houses for quite quickly. We are using rescues. They’re assisting us. Another strains we are getting from this, but we still get pit bulls in, along with our inhabitants of pit bulls is a issue,” Williams explained. “We are also kind of strict with who gets a pit bull”
Williams explained another obstacle to pit bull adoption would be the prerequisites for prospective owners.
“Most pit bulls don’t like cats,” she explained, adding that many prospective owners have children, other dogs or cats. “Most of our pit bulls are great with people and kids. Some like other puppies, some don’t like other dogs at all.”
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Bonnie and Clyde, a blind Labrador along with his seeing-eye Dachshund, anticipate a home and family of their own since they stay at the Belmont County Animal Shelter. Photo by Robert A. DeFrank
The Belmont County Animal Shelter does not have any lack of dogs awaiting homes, including some cases needing a heart large enough to carry two puppies when a pair is inseparable.