Although this information concerns the RSPCA (Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) in Great Britain, life for Staffordshire Terriers in the U.S. isn’t all that different.
Animal lovers helped the RSPCA find new homes for more than 5071 Staffordshire bull terriers and Staffie crosses in 2009 – the highest number of new homes found for any breed of dog.
The RSPCA is calling for more owners to come forward as it still has many Staffies in desperate need of good new homes.
RSPCA animal centers took in large numbers of Staffies, but it found new owners for them because in the right hands they can make excellent pets.
Happy Staffie owners include 47-year-old Denise Winters who adopted Staffies Dennis and Kane from RSPCA Southridge Animal Center. She says she gets extra satisfaction from caring for dogs that really need a new home.
During RSPCA Week (Monday 26 April to Sunday 2 May 2010) the RSPCA is encouraging everyone thinking of getting a dog to consider a Staffie and help continue to find them good new homes.
A new RSPCA web site, launched yesterday, aims to help people find out more about adopting a Staffie.
Anna White, manager of the RSPCA’s Southridge Animal Center in Potters Bar, said: “Some people think Staffies don’t make good pets but when in the right hands, well cared for, and properly trained, they can make brilliant companions.
“If you’re thinking of getting a pet, please visit our special new web site and find out more about Staffies. You can also visit an RSPCA center to get to know one of the thousands of animals in our care. Our staff can help you decide if you can provide a good home for a dog and, if so, whether a Staffie could be the right dog for you.
“And if you adopt a Staffie, you’ll know you’ve given an extra special animal a much-needed new home.”
The RSPCA believes so many Staffies are in need of new homes because in addition to being a popular pet, the breed has become fashionable with irresponsible owners who are more interested in their own image than their dog’s welfare.
Common reasons given for handing Staffies over to the RSPCA are that owners are unable to cope with looking after a dog, or that financial or housing circumstances have changed. Many of the dogs in the RSPCA’s care have been neglected or abused and need very special new owners to help them recover.
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