Staffies are friends for life - love my dog

Merice  Ewart

Driffield, United Kingdom

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Hundreds of Staffies are looking for homes across the UK.

As you were searching for your new dog you will probably notice that 90% of the dogs up for re-homing are Staffordshire Bull Terriers. Please do not be put off by this as this is simply not because of the breed but by the deed of the previous owners. Staffies are wonderful pets and rank highly among the top dogs with children.

They have ended up in rescue mainly because of unscrupulous breeders over-breeding for money and then re-homing them, often to the wrong people. Free advertising websites have also added to the crisis as many dogs are advertised for free or at low cost and many are taken for fighting or more breeding.

A lot of these Staffies go through a tremendous amount of abuse and yet they are so forgiving towards humans.

All this has inevitably led to a bad media image. Yet Staffies are very sensitive and affectionate animals who suffer tremendous stress in kennels. There are so many of them being put into rescue and foster carers are limited.

Rescues around the country are buckling with the pressure from the amount of Staffies being abandoned and finding themselves on “death row”. This means that when a dog is found as a stray it goes into a council pound and must serve 7 days in kennels. If the owner does not claim him/her or a rescue cannot take it due to lack of space, the dog will then be put to sleep. 80% of the dogs found as strays are Staffies and Staffie crosses or other bull breeds. We lose so many of these wonderful dogs through lack of space and we try tirelessly to promote them for re-homing.

Any reputable rescue will think carefully before re-homing any Bull breed dog and will never let you have one if they feel it is unsuitable for you.

Please do consider adopting a Staffie regardless of their undeserved bad press. By adopting a Staffie or Bull breed, you are doing the equivalent of adopting two desirable breeds!

Please consider even helping one get out of kennels and into foster to feel what home should really feel like!

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