Palouse Pit Bull Project

March 8, 2012  

This humane society program aims to help local pit bulls get trained, microchipped and spayed

By Lori Burkett

The Palouse Pit Bull Project is a satellite program of the Humane Society of the Palouse, a no kill, 501(c)3 nonprofit animal shelter located in Moscow, Idaho. The three-part program – microchip, neuter and train – is designed to educate and assist pit bull guardians in Latah and Nez Perce Counties in Idaho, and in Whitman and Asotin Counties in Washington.

The Palouse Pit Bull Project got its footing after a brainstorming session with Lori Freeman, the manager of the Humane Society of the Palouse. It had become obvious that in order to keep the pit bull’s image positive in our community, we would need to be proactive. It was our goal to keep pit bulls out of the shelter and prevent the possibility of overnight breed-discriminatory legislation by offering financial assistance, resources and education.

Although our monthly shelter population of pit bulls fluctuates, each year we see more and more pit bulls ending up in the shelter. The average stay is nearly twice that of most other breeds. A gorgeous adult blue fawn brindle American Staffordshire, Randee, is our longest standing resident at nearly 10 months.

For me personally, a community program was the next logical step. Working together with the board of directors and shelter staff of the Humane Society of the Palouse to create the Palouse Pit Bull Project allowed me to combine over 10 years of pit bull rescue, dog training and community resources to help secure a positive future for pit bulls in Latah and surrounding counties.

In October of 2011, the Palouse Pit Bull Project celebrated the official announcement of the program on National Pit Bull Awareness Day with a meet and greet in the park. In January 2012, Animal Farm Foundation announced that the Palouse Pit Bull Project was the recipient of a $2,500 spay/neuter grant to alter 50 dogs in 2012.

The mission of the Palouse Pit Bull Project is to increase positive awareness of the pit bull type dogs, educate the community and dog owners on true breed characteristics, provide resources to prevent unplanned litters, and offer guardian education and dog training to assist in long-term dog/guardian relationships.

Dog guardians are required to microchip their own dog, with this the only guardian incurred cost for the spay/neuter program. Low-cost microchip implantation and national registration is provided through the Humane Society of the Palouse, but guardians can have the microchip done anywhere as long as the required microchip verification form is completed. This form will serve as identification for the spay/neuter application and assist in guardian contact for stray dogs.

Obedience classes will be provided and encouraged for all dogs approved for the spay/neuter program as well as being available for all interested pit bulls, pit bull mixes and other related approved breeds. Classes include basic obedience, breed education and responsible dog guardianship. Guardians will pay $60 to register for the five week class, and for each class attended $10 will be reimbursed, resulting in an guardian cost of $10 total. Individual training classes will also be arranged as needed for dog aggressive or difficult dogs.

Led by the Palouse Pit Bull Project ambassadogs, Jamie, Dice and Haas, (photo below) and teaming up with other local and national pit bull positive groups to participate in parades, community events, demonstrations and pack walks, the Palouse Pit Bull Project looks forward to a positive future in our community.

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One Response to “Palouse Pit Bull Project”
  1. loralothringer says:

    Fantastic group of people with some awesome plans and ideas!!!