A Top 10 Tribute

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When Genna found out that pet design company Dog & Crow was closing their doors, she was disappointed. But when she found out that they were donating their leftover inventory to a worthy local rescue, she saw an opportunity. Not only did she nominate HugABull but she wrote a heartfelt tribute. It made our day and we wanted to share it with you.

My name is Genna and I am a proud momma to 2 year-old Jackson ,a rescued pit bull type dog. Jackson puts a smile on my face every day. To say that Jackson has changed my life would be the understatement of the year; Jackson is my family, my best friend, and he’s the reason I became involved with HugABull Advocacy and Rescue Society. I would love to see them benefit from your generous offer to donate your inventory.

They are a fantastic organization. I could write an essay, but it would go on forever. So instead – a Top 10 list!

Top 10 Reasons Why You Should Donate Your Amazing Dog & Crow Inventory to HugABull

1. HugABull helps pit bull type dogs, the breed that is most likely to be abused, most likely to end up in the shelter, and most likely to be euthanized.

2. HugABull has a thorough screening program both for their adopters and dogs. It’s so important to make sure that an adoption is a right fit and set a dog up for success. Every adoption has a 30 day trial period with lots of support, and free training if needed, to set the adopter and the dog up for success!

3. If an adoption doesn’t work out for any reason, HugABull will always take the dog back. I met a dog named Pepper recently who was adopted out as a puppy 8 years ago. Due to serious family changes she couldn’t stay in her home, but HugABull did not hesitate to take her back and find her a new, great home.

4. Did you know that BC has breed-specific legislation? That means that in some communities like Nanaimo, Burnaby, and Richmond, dogs that bear a physical resemblance to a “pit bull” are required to be leashed and muzzled at all times. There are also many buildings and stratas that have breed restrictions – not only against pit bulls but Rottweilers, Akitas, Chows, and other breeds. HugABull reaches out and encourages these policy makers to adopt evidence-based, breed-neutral policies that target the real issue behind “bad dogs” – bad owners! I personally struggled to find a place to live last year – 6 months and 2 dog reference letters later and I still couldn’t find a place to live.

5. HugABull has a special program for dogs that are “unadoptable” due to health conditions. They provide loving homes to dogs like Gator, who has terminal cancer, and Notch, who has a number of health issues, even though they will never collect an adoption fee on these dogs. They just want to make sure they have the best lives possible for the rest of their days. 

6. HugABull has a spay/neuter subsidy program! The best way to keep dogs out of shelters is to limit unwanted breeding. If someone is in need, HugABull will work with organizations like Neuterhead and partner vets to make sure their dog is spayed or neutered. They will help with any breed of dog – and even cats!

7. HugABull is always available to help owners who are having trouble with a behavioural issue, housing, or any other issue. All inquiries are answered personally and there are many resources on their website.

8. HugABull believes in responsible dog ownership of ALL breeds. They encourage training and host Canine Good Neighbour (CGN) preparation and evaluation sessions each year.

9. There is an amazing community out there! There is a HugABull Facebook group where we can ask questions about any topic and get informed answers. Sometimes we meet up for group walks just to socialize and enjoy a judgement-free atmosphere.

10. Dogs like Jackson. HugABull has placed 500 dogs like him into responsible, loving homes. With your support, they can do even more.

Thank you so much Genna, for taking the time to nominate us and for your kind words – as well as all your help as a volunteer. Without amazing people like you, we would not be able to do this important work!

 

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