- Published on Monday, 06 October 2014 11:48
Orange County Pit Bull Rescue
September 23, 2014
Attorney Fred Kray and the rest of the PBLNR crew welcome Christine Shultz Bonner of Orange County Pit Bull Rescue ("OCPBR"). Christine was inspired to help pit bulls after adopting her first pit bull, Joe, and began working with OCPBR in 2011. OCPBR is doing "really great things" for pit bulls, and their owners. It has an owner intervention program (like those of BAD RAP and Downtown Dog Rescue) to help keep dogs in homes and out of shelters. They ask people who are taking dogs in to shelters what they need to keep their dogs and try to provide it. OCPBR also does adopt out a small number of dogs; the rescue program is 100% foster based and provides lifetime support for dogs they've placed. Christine and OCPBR are also involved in community outreach including education, training, and anti-BDL efforts. One challege Christine and OCPBR face with the intervention program is fear of liability on the part of a shelter's board—specifically liability created by more volunteers on site, volunteers going out into the community.
Yvette Van Veen addresses socialization. (No, dog parks are NOT the place to do it.) Yvette suggests making a list—what do you regularly encounter, what do you not regularly encounter? It's the things that you don't regularly encounter that you have to go out of your way to introduce your dog to. For instance, if you spend a lot of time with seniors, your dog is probably going to be used to people with canes.