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 Published on 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’
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.”
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!