A wonderful post on the subject of how a label can ruin the life of a being – and what to do instead:
As we travel around the country, having conversations with shelters and rescues about the “pit bull” dogs in their care, we find that there are always a few big a-ha! moments that help people understand that all dogs are individuals just a bit better.
One of the more exciting moments typically happens during our Labels & Language presentation where we discuss the role of breed labeling in shelters and the assumptions we make about dogs based on those labels.
The talk helps shelters understand a number of concepts that apply not only to “pit bull” dogs, but to ALL the dogs in their care.
This one being of utmost importance:
How a dog is labeled or how they look on the outside, is not an indication of past or future behavior or their suitability for a particular adoption placement.
Too often, we make incorrect assumptions about dogs based…
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