I work at an animal hospital where a gorgeous pit, Duchess, desperately needs a new home. Duchess was rescued as a puppy wandering the streets of New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina.
Our vet made the 7 hour drive from Oxford, Ms to New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina hit and brought back nearly 80 homeless animals. When Duchess arrived she was in poor health and had a terrible case of ringworm. While being treated she was isolated with 2 black labs who also had ringworm, and she did wonderfully with them.
Duchess stayed with us after most of the other dogs were placed in foster homes, reunited with their families, or permanently placed in new homes. She continued to be isolated from other animals due to the ringworm. By the time Duchess was healed from the ringworm, months later, she was full grown and lacked proper socialization with other dogs. She has been living in our boarding facility ever since, with a few months relief in temporary foster homes.
Duchess is house trained, is very responsive when on a leash (completed extensive obedience training), and is wonderful with humans. She is by far the calmest pittie I have ever met! She went to one home a year ago and was returned due to no fault of hers. The young man loved her and said she slept on the couch with him and in bed with him. Her new pet parent had to return to live with his parents who had 2 yorkies. It was agreed that Duchess does not belong in a house with 2 yorkies.
We are now at a cross roads with a tough decision. We have contacted Best Friends and Pittie Rescues over the past 3 years asking for help, but we get the standard “can’t help you.”
It is not fair to Duchess to live her entire life in a small pen with minimal human interaction. She is becoming increasingly depressed and unresponsive when we go to greet her each day.
We would love to find a wonderful pit rescue that could help out, but we also do not want her to be in a situation where she is euthanized inhumanely at a shelter by someone else.
She needs the right person/group who has the ability to help her find her forever home. We are reaching out once again for help with Duchess.
ANY suggestions/advice are much appreciated. We all adore Duchess and think of her as part of the family.
We feel that we have exhausted nearly every resource available and still haven't found a solution, so this a final plea to all you pit lovers out there.
If a rescue in any part of the country might be willing to help Duchess, we would be more than willing to arrange transportation.