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Find-a-Friend Friday: Beetle

September 24th, 2010 12:20 pm by Kelly


Some readers of this here blog may know me from elsewhere on the interwebs, including the now-defunct Kansas City Freecycle group. As its resident blogger, for several years I wrote a weekly column wherein I highlighted one (or two or three or even four or more!) nonhuman animal – furred mostly, but feathered and scaled, too! – in search of her forever home in the Kansas City area. (You can view an archive of all 116 posts here.)

Well, after a brief hiatus, I’m happy to resume KCF’s Featured Adoptable Wednesday right here in this very space. Welcome to the first – of many – Find-a-Friend Fridays!

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His long pink tongue flapping in the breeze, a happy lil’ Beetle smiles for the camera.
Photos courtesy Halfway Home Pet Adoptions.

Meet Beetle, our first friend in need. An adult pit bull terrier, Beetle is currently staying with Halfway Home Pet Adoptions in Kansas City, Missouri (behind the stadiums in Raytown, to be exact). As one of Halfway Home’s longest residents, his situation is urgent. Halfway Home, which serves as KCMO’s municipal animal shelter, is not a no-kill facility, nor can it turn away dogs and cats whose owners wish to relinquish them. Thus, Halfway Home will “euthanize” animals due to space constraints. The shelter’s veteran residents, of course, are usually the first to go. This includes poor Beetle (as well as fellow pit bulls Charmin, Godiva, Wilson, Annabelle, and Mimi, to name but a few).

Here’s what Halfway Home has to say about Beetle:

Beetle – URGENT!
Adult

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With his shiny coat of black, white and brown brindle fur, Beetle is one handsome guy.
Photos courtesy Halfway Home Pet Adoptions.

This dog is running out of time at our shelter. Do not wait. Rescue or adopt today!

Meet Beetle! He is super cute and always ready to please. From what we can tell, he seems to be okay with other dogs, but because of his breed, he cannot live in a home with other males. We are strongly suggesting that any current canines meet Beetle before you decide to adopt him. We haven’t introduced Beetle to cats yet. We can check when you come to visit to see if he like the kitties or not. Visit Mr. Beetle today before you miss your chance!

and, of its adoption policies and shelter hours:

Many of the animals at the shelter are euthanized, adopted or transferred to rescue groups before we have time to update their listing. If you are interesting in adopting a new companion, please visit our facility. We have about 100 dogs on any given day, hoping for a chance to find love. Due to time constraints, only about half of the animals at the shelter are featured in Pet Finder.

We don’t know the background of many of the dogs that come to the shelter. We can only “guesstimate” the breed and age of those dogs. Size is also subjective according to individuals. Here’s a chart on how we base our assessments:

Puppy: under 6 months old – Young: 6 to 12 months old. – Young adult: 12 months to 3 years old. Adult: 3 to 10 years old. Senior: 10 years

Small: Under 25 Lbs – Medium: 25 lbs to 60 lbs – Large: 60 lbs to 100 lbs – Xtra Large: 100 lbs

Hours

Monday – noon to 4pm
Tuesday – noon to 6pm
Wednesday – noon to 4pm
Thursday – noon to 6pm
Friday – noon to 4pm
Saturday – noon to 4pm
Sunday – 1pm to 4pm

We are closed on holidays

4400 Raytown Road Kansas City, MO 64129
Phone: 816-921-0201

Clicking on any of the three ├╝ber-adorable pictures of Beetle will take you to his Petfinder listing. *nudgenudge*winkwink*

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Guess what? Wiggle butt!
Photos courtesy Halfway Home Pet Adoptions.

If you’re looking to welcome a new canine friend into your family, please consider a “less adoptable” animal, such as a dog belonging to a breed considered “dangerous” (at the moment, this list is topped by pit bulls). Breedism is a form of prejudice and, much like any other, is driven in part by ignorance and misinformation. Writing on the history of the American Pit Bull Terrier (APBT), BAD RAP demonstrates how conceptions of this breed have changed over time (did you know, for example, that the pit bull functioned as a symbol of patriotism in World War I propaganda?), including how current attitudes toward pit bulls are linked to prejudice against marginalized groups of humans:

Although we’ve changed enough as a culture to create laws which protect our admirable clown from organized dog fighting, ironically the darkest hour of this breed’s story has only come about in the past 20 years. While huge numbers of Pit Bulls in this country are cherished family pets, many not so fortunate suffer the consequences of a nation with multi-layered social and economic problems. The historic fighting ability of this All American breed began to be exploited on a larger scale in the 1980’s. Pit bulls were soon associated with poverty, crime, and newspaper headlines of back alley dog fighting rings. And, for the first time in the breed’s history, we started hearing disturbing accounts of bites and attacks on humans by poorly socialized and badly bred APBTs, APBT mixes and other breed dogs that were mislabled as APBTs. The press went wild, the public panicked, and the reputation of the entire breed was dragged down with sensationalistic headlines and a few rotten examples of “Pit Bull Imposters” owned by shady and irresponsible owners.

To add to the sadness, a frenzy of backyard breeding of Pit Bulls in our urban cities began to add to the burgeoning population of unwanted dogs in the 80’s — A trend which continues today. The economic incentive of a 50 dollar price for unpapered pit bull puppies has filled our newpapers with ads for “Pit Pups for Sale”. Those seeking a status symbol or controversial fashion statement are irresistibly drawn to having a pit bull of their own. But just as fashions change, so do the minds of many ‘casual pit bull owners’ . The pattern of Pit Bulls purchased for breeding, later discarded and then duly euthanized by our overcrowded shelters has erupted into a disturbing ‘business as usual’ cycle with no discernable end in sight. With a negative reputation as “mean and vicious” animals, chances of salvation for most unwanted Pit Bulls are depressingly slim.

So, just as we struggle as a nation to understand how to deal with the social and economic ills that affect our cities, we are also left with the sticky puzzle of what to do about our once favorite breed of dog that is so feared and so loved at the same time . Once again, the APBT breed reflects back to us who we are: A culture of incredible contrasts and conflicting beliefs.

For more on the stereotyping of pit bulls and other so-called “dangerous” dog breeds, I highly recommend Karen Delise’s The Pit Bull Placebo: The Media, Myth and Politics of Canine Aggression, which the National Canine Research Council has generously released as a free .pdf download (click here to go straight to the e-book). BAD RAP’s website and blog are also worth a read, as is Jennie Ruff’s City Pittie. (I dare you not to ooh! and aah! over the adorable pair that is Wyatt and Singer. Seriously, it’s just not possible.)

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1 Response to Find-a-Friend Friday: Beetle

  1. Kansas City Freecycle » Blog Archive » “Featured Adoptable Wednesday” is now “Find-a-Friend Friday”!

    […] is Beetle, a sweet pit bull terrier boy, and our very first friend in need of finding. Head on over to the PPP blog to learn more about Beetle, or jump straight to his Petfinder […]

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