Pitbull Rescue Group Paws Place Inc.
Today I have the pleasure of doing a little chat with Paul and Joyce Rhodes which are the people behind a great NO kill Pitbull rescue group in the Missouri area.
Many people wonder about how pit bull rescue groups work so I hope to be clearing some of your doubts.
I understand that you have owned pitbulls for quite some time, could you please tell us your experience with the breed?
Since we are a No-Kill pitbull rescue group we have taken courses to help us train, rehabilitate and give the breed the stability to get adopted.
When did you start your pitbull rescue group?
We opened our doors 2 years ago and have loved every minute of it.
When a pitbull is rescued and after it has been taken care of healthwise, what kind of tests do you do to see if he is adoptable?
We do several tests
1. Small prey aggression, to see if they can be around small animals.
2. Food aggression, we place our hands around them and their food to make sure they can eat around other pets.
3. We play a game of touching their ears and lips, rubbing the legs and feet. This insures if around small children that they know its ok to be touched there and its fun.
Final test is bring them into our home. Living among the pack and family, hearing the sounds of a home the smells and routines. We want them to be a family pet, and we wont adopt them out if they show any aggresion.
We will continue training until they are ready for a home. If they can't adapt then we keep them with us forever.
We love them no matter what attitude they have.
What kind of advice would you give to someone who is looking to adopt a pitbull type?
Make sure you have the time needed for training. Read up on the breed and be knowlegable of what their needs are.
What type of owner is ideal for pitbulls?
Calm and assertive. Some one who is willing to put in the time and love needed to have the best pet around.
What do you think about breed specific bans?
It's wrong to say that this breed is "Bad". Its not the dogs fault but the owners.
Its all in how they are raised. You can have a mean Pug if you make it that way.
I think since the Micheal Vick publicity the Pitbulls have recieved a bad rap. If the townships are going to enforce the law that you can not have a Pitbull breed, they should have a grandfather law.
If you have had your dog prior to the law you should be able to keep them.
How many pitbulls were you able to rescue so far?
We have rescued total of 10. Only two of those have come from bad situations, and since then they have been adopted out.
Tell us how can people help your rescue group.
Donations of any kind. Blankets, Kennels or Funding ect..
You can send funding to Central Bank of Lake Ozark. Attn Paws Place
You can call us and we can pick up blankets, kennels ect.. if you are close to our area. All donations, big or small are a blessing to us and our pets.
Now I´d like to show you a couple of pictures of "Leviticus" a beautiful 8 months female pitbull that has recently been saved from death row and rescued by Paws Place Inc after they received a call from a Humane Society that could not keep her because of the "Pitbull law".
To Paul and Joyce, again thanks for your wonderful work and to the Humane Society thanks for looking for a solution and not putting Leviticus to sleep.
To contact Paul and Joyce
PAWS PLACE INC.
Lake of the Ozarks Area
Animal Rescue and Shelter
573-216-1391 or 573-216-1497