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This dog is getting over-looked in the shelter for the saddest reason

Pitbull dog sitting in back seat of a car dog-sad
© Tierheim Andernach - Facebook

This beautiful black dog has all the best qualities in his personality. Yet, day after day, he watches other dogs getting taken to their forever homes while he sits and waits in his kennel. And the reason why has nothing to do with his personality.

By Justine Seraphin , 4 May 2019

Smudo is being cared for at the Tierheim Andernach shelter in Germany. He’s been waiting longer than all the other dogs to get adopted, through no fault of his own. The shelter, in an attempt to get him some visibility, shared a post about him on Facebook.

Everybody loves Smudo

Smudo could be described by some as the perfect dog. As per his Facebook post : ‘I walk great on a leash, ignore other dogs, love to cuddle, and am always in a good mood. I’m housebroken, when you’re busy I can stay alone at home for a few hours, and I like car rides.’ Plus he’s young, beautiful, is chipped, vaccinated, and neutered!

Sounds like a great deal right? So why is no-one stepping up to give this dog a loving home?

The post also mentions Smudo’s biggest problem: ‘I’m sure if I hadn’t had the bad luck of being born a pitbull, I would’ve already found a home a long time ago’


Hallo Freunde, jeden Tag werde ich von unterschiedlichen Gassigängern abgeholt, weil mich alle so toll finden. Mein...

Posted by Tierheim Andernach on Tuesday, April 30, 2019

A huge misunderstanding

Pitbulls sadly have a bad rep. They were originally bred for bull and bear baiting, and now they are a very popular breed when it comes to dog-fighting. They are one of the 4 breeds to be banned in the UK.

But many animal welfare organisations, including the RSPCA and the League Against Cruel Sports, are against this ban, especially due to the image it portrays of these dogs who can otherwise be great pets.

Bill Lambert, from the Kennel Club, told Newsbeat : “Any dog can be dangerous in the wrong hands. These [banned] dogs are strong, muscular, and powerful breeds, so they do have the potential to cause harm."

"But this law suggests that other dogs are inherently safe, and that’s not necessarily the case. It should be changed to focus on the acts of the owner and not literally on what the dog looks like, because that simply isn’t working.”

Smudo awaits

Maybe you know someone in Germany who might be interested in taking him in? Every little helps, you can share his post and help get him out of the shelter and into a loving home!


On the 25th of June, already 10 months since Smudo had arrived at the shelter, Tierheim Andernach finally updated the world with some good news! Smudo, the perfect pittie, has finally been adopted!

The post reads:

“Today I’m getting in a car without it taking me back to the shelter in the evening. I’m so happy. I would like to thank all the guests and friends who have embellished my everyday shelter life. I guess I would have been bored without you.”

We are so happy for you Smudo! Have a wonderful happily ever after!


Reise ohne Wiederkehr ! Kürzlich habe ich euch noch von meinem vollen Terminkalender berichtet, da ich der wohl...

Posted by Tierheim Andernach on Tuesday, June 25, 2019