Going to the dogs

Dog rescue spurs adoptions at the
Central Missouri Humane Society
Tuesday, November 16, 2004 | 12:00 a.m. CST; updated 9:10 a.m. CDT, Saturday, July 19, 2008

Not everyone would view bulldogs as the most desirable or loveable animals, but five English bulldogs taken in by the Central Missouri Humane Society are attracting a lot of attention.

Jason Ramsey, a spokesman for the society, said they could get up to 300 adoption applications for the five animals.

“They are very expensive, and they are a rare find. Normally, people would pay almost $1,500 per pup. Here, they pay a $75 donation,” Ramsey said.

The bulldogs and 67 other dogs were relinquished Friday by an unlicensed breeder in Pulaski County and are awaiting adoption.

Such a large rescue can sometimes create problems for the society, whose normal capacity is suited for 60 dogs. Currently, they are accommodating around 120 dogs.

Ramsey said adjustments have been made to assist all the animals.

“We don’t like to pair up dogs unless we absolutely have to. But because we took in so many animals we had to put some of the dogs together,” Ramsey said.

He also said some adjustments had to be made in terms of staffing. Because so many people are interested in adoption some staff members who usually work with animals have helped out with assisting potential adopters.

“By Saturday, all the dogs were bathed, fed, and evaluated thanks to volunteers and the vets that volunteer their time with us,” Ramsey said. “Unfortunately, we did have to put to sleep three dogs because their health was horrible, but it was amazing the condition the dogs were in.”

Ramsey said the society has received some outside help to accommodate the rescued dogs. Some of the dogs went to Breed Rescue, a farm that takes in pure breeds when humane societies cannot. A pregnant bulldog is also in foster care so she can receive extra attention. Many Central Missouri residents also have a vested interest in this dog’s health.

“There are already people attempting to stake claim on the unborn bulldog puppies,” Ramsey said.

Ramsey said vets have already completed health and temper evaluations on the rescued dogs and adoptions will begin on Wednesday. He hopes even those people who don’t get a bulldog will turn their attention to the other available dogs.

“It’s funny, when these dogs came in it was craziness. It’s only with a large rescue that we get this kind of response,” Ramsey said. “If people came in normally there would still be a lot of dogs for them to choose from.”

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