Statistics show that sadly, 4 out of 10 large- breed dogs are given up to a shelter after the first year of living in a home. When dogs are surrendered because the owner discovers that a large- breed dog is no longer a good choice for the family, the result is a disaster for both the dog and a shelter to which it is surrendered. Overcrowded shelters are a result of owner-surrender of a pet.
There are many benefits to adopting a large- breed dog, but a potential pet parent must do their homework when considering the many choices of large-breed dogs. Large families often make the choice to adopt a large-bred family pet. Children are to be considered when making a choice of dogs that are 50 pounds or larger. Most large-breed dogs require a yard, and it is sometimes a luxury to have a yard, but many families do adopt a a big dog without having a yard. A potential pet parent who is considering a dog that belongs to one of the large breeds needs to remind themselves that these dogs will need to be walked, even with a yard. Many people think that large-breed dogs will eat just about anything, but the truth is that there are now choices in dog food that are created just for large-breed dogs. All of this information seems to be common sense, but potential pet parents who are considering a large-breed dog need to be mindful, and research the breed before you agree to adopt. Education is the key to successful pet adoption.
The Manatee County Animal Services is holding an Adoption Special for large-breed dogs from September 27-October 11. All dogs that are 50 pounds or over will have an adoption fee of $50 along with the cost of the license. These dogs that are listed are wonderful dogs, and the shelter is asking people with big hearts to come and adopt a big dog. Please call the shelter at 941-742-5933 and inquire about these listed big dogs with big hearts that have a lot of love to give. Please use the dog’s ID when making your inquiry. Some of these dogs have been in the shelter for several months and need to be out of the shelter. Many in the community believe that the Manatee County Animal Services county shelter is a No Kill shelter because of information that was hastily promoted in 2011. Sadly, this is not the case. The shelter is slowly moving toward the goal of being a No Kill shelter, but there is much to be done before this goal is achieved. The dogs listed below are of special concern because they have been in the shelter the longest.
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Please visit the shelter and take a new BIG family member home and participate in this Adoption Special.