If the recent rescue of two severely abused and dumped Pit Bulls by Aggieland Animal Health Center’s Second Chance Veterinary Medical Rescue has horrified, shocked, saddened, and/or enraged you, you have come to the right place.
Long Way Home Animal Sanctuary is home to three rescued Pit Bulls who are what Pit Bulls are meant to be: loyal, loving companions that enrich lives. Pit Bulls are not innately vicious or dangerous. They are extremely athletic dogs, sponges that soak up what they receive–good or bad–and they relentlessly want to please their owners. Because of the stereotypical owner that fights these dogs and rewards aggression in them, our beaurocratic policies have chosen to deem them an unadoptable breed in our community. We plan to challenge the stereotype and rethink this archaic policy.
If you have found this blog, you are either a Pit Bull owner or an animal lover. You are ready to take action and let the persons responsible for this type of behavior know that they are not welcome in this community. You are ready to make Brazos Valley a place where you can own and enjoy this breed. You want to be part of the wave of optimism that has resulted from the coming together of our community of animal lovers to help heal the dogs currently fighting for their lives from the abuse that they sustained as well as the reputation of this breed in general. Long Way Home Animal Sanctuary is ready to take a leadership role in this endeavor. We have formed an action committee that is going to change the policies in our community that governs this breed, and we need your help.
Here is our immediate plan of action:
1. Further Develop a relationship with the Brazos Animal Shelter in College Station and the new entity that will be running the Finfeather location in Bryan. The Bryan location receives the majority of Pit Bulls. Both locations euthanize them and do not make them available for adoption no matter their temperament.
2. Finish our partially completed 8ft fencing so that we can immediately start taking in adoptable Pit Bulls to prepare them for their new family.
3. Develop a robust foster/adoption program, so that no friendly, social, loving Pit Bull has to die in the shelter.
4. Effective immediately, we offering a $500 reward for any information that leads to arrest for dog fighting or animal cruelty.
5. Provide the hub for the community to report suspicious activity and to centrally locate these comments so that members in our community can become vigilant in monitoring anything that could lead to tips to the authorities.
Here is how you can help right this moment:
1. Join our action committee! Reply to this post with your name and email address with any way that you can help with fostering, wanting to adopt, etc.
2. Reply to this post if you suspect dog fighting or cruelty. When? Where? How often?
3. Donate to our fence fund! We have $2,400 that is needed to get the fence built. We can then immediately start pulling adoptable Pit Bulls from the shelter to rehome.
4. Like Long Way Home Animal Sanctuary on Facebook and share our needs with your friends.
5. Earn $500 by providing a solid tip that leads to the arrest and conviction of the criminals who are involved in dog fighting in our community.
We will not stand for animal cruelty in Aggieland. We are a proud group of individuals who live honorably in a tight-knit town of animal lovers. Someone sees suspicious activity. Someone hears dogs fighting. Someone hears dogs screaming in pain. Someone knows someone who owns dogs that they fight.
Before, there has been no organization that will make this issue a priority. We are ready to step up for these dogs. Look into the eyes of Dulce, Blue, and Benoit or your own PB sitting by your feet, and let them know that we are doing something. We are fighting for them. No more adoptable Pit Bulls are going to die in the shelters or are going to be abused and discarded like trash. Not in Aggieland….