Saving A Life In My Pajamas

March 2, 2012  

From seeing an urgent pit bull on Facebook to pulling her for an out-of-state rescue, the stars aligned for the author to help a special dog

By Jennifer Bristol

Not long ago, I was having drinks with friends to commemorate the passing of one the dogs in our “pack,” Robbie. While sipping my martini, a beautiful dog appeared on my Facebook newsfeed. Bebe was my type of dog: beautiful (even with cropped ears) along with nice SAFER evaluation. Her time at Animal Care & Control was up, and she was on “the list.” I shared the picture with friends, and we all said, “Aw,” and that was that because none of us were able to take her. No room at the room!

A few months prior, I would have considered pulling her for the shelter I worked at, but since I was no longer working there, I felt helpless.

So often, “good” dogs with excellent behavior assessments get euthanized because there are simply not enough homes. Homes that are open to adopting a big, short-haired, muscle-y dog! Some say these dogs are being killed because they simply “have a cold.” The truth is: In NYC, it is a numbers game. We cannot adopt ourselves out of the problem. We need to encourage (not mandate) spay/neuter, create low-cost training options and programs to keep dogs in their homes, all while continuing to show how great pit bulls can be and dispel myths.

When I got home and snuggled with my dogs, I scanned my e-mail and Facebook messages and came upon a message from a stranger affiliated with Buster Foundation in Michigan:

“Hi there,
I am friends with Hannah and she suggested I get a hold of you. The director for our rescue wants to try to save one of the dogs from Brooklyn set for tomorrow 6 a.m.
Bebe (tan and white pit, cropped ears) – ID # is A0922401
I have no idea how to really go about this, other than the info listed to call starting at 6 a.m. to hold.
Any ideas, help, suggestions?

I quickly looked at the pic and it was Bebe! It was meant to be that this girl get saved! But the stars needed to align. Again, I felt hopeless. It was 11:30 p.m., and Bebe needed to be “pulled” by 6 a.m. by an approved group. The pressure was on. I e-mailed and “Facebooked” every responsible group/person I knew who could possibly help! Bebe needed to get to Buster Foundation.

Some questioned the request: “Aren’t there enough pit bulls in Michigan?” I totally agreed and would always ask the same question. But this felt different: The group was responsible and actually never pulled from out of state. But, obviously, this girl Bebe, her pictures and her evaluation made an impression!

Thank goodness, someone stepped up for Bebe, and I was able to call in her “pull.” I was nervous and wanted to make sure everything I said was clear – this situation couldn’t handle any mix-ups. Bebe had a group of people waiting for her: Transports were lined up for a multiple-leg trip, and rescuers in Michigan were waiting to treat her kennel cough and pneumonia.

Well, thankfully, Bebe’s rescue worked out without a single flaw. And now Brooklynne, who was treated for her pneumonia, has just become available for adoption! So, Michiganders, start networking because this girl needs a home!

What I learned while in my pajamas? Everyone can help in simple ways:

  1. Support shelters and rescues that you have experience with firsthand.
  2. Foster when you can and encourage others to do the same.
  3. Offer in-kind and service donations to groups. Food, treats, crates and enrichment toys are so important to groups.
  4. Have car? Will travel? Transportation is key to rescues, and both short and long trips are needed.

We can make a difference – one step at a time!

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14 Responses to “Saving A Life In My Pajamas”
  1. AWESOME story, thank God your heart was open to receive the message to save this beautiful girl!.  I’ve been part of a multi-transport; it was fun, meeting new people and networking.  That’s what these bully breed needs more folk to be open & save a life!

  2. marieelise0928 says:

    Great story, and bravo for all of you involved!!  When ever I need to remember what can happen when you say “Yes” instead of “no”, I go and smile at this photograph: 

  3. LindsayK says:

    This is exactly how we help. We aren’t ready to introduce a dog to our two cats yet, and so we transport and foster when we can. We’ve met some really nice people and get to see our old foster at the rescue’s bully pack walks. 

  4. leomarie5 says:

    what a wonderful story and how it all worked out for bebe aka brooklynne!  you never know what you can do until you just do it and in this case, everything turned out right.  way to go!

  5. Dreneen says:

    So glad Bebe/Brooklynne is on her way to a better life.
    Love your point that the problem is really a question of
    numbers-greater number of dogs than number of willing

  6. barbarajkennedy says:

    Beautiful and inspiring story! I admire the work that all of you did. If not for your effort…..

  7. TammyRReynolds says:

    Such a beautiful story. Thankful for rescuers and how hard they work:)

    • StubbyDog says:

       @TammyRReynolds People that take the time to rescue, transport, foster, they all are so important and true heroes!

  8. MadelineTalent says:

    Great article and good information! I volunteer at my animal control and spca so I am constantly trying to find rescues to take any adoptable pit bulls.

  9. Debi Bel says:

    I live in Northern California. I would transport as far north as Oregon, south of San Francisco. Is there a central information network that organizes volunteers for transporting interstate? Within California? How might I find out the best way to connect with rescues needing help with transporting dogs? I am a “failed” foster with 5 pitties; sadly fostering is no longer  an option. Transporting would be next best to save a life.

  10. christielici0us says:

    This is a heartwarming story! I’m so thankful for kind souls who are open to saving these sweet faces! I’m always telling people that they really can make a difference at home, in their jammies! It doesn’t take a lot of money or time to help! THANKS for all you do!


    • StubbyDog says:

       @christielici0us It’s true, we can all make a difference in the lives of pit bulls, every contribution helps, no matter how small.