Animal shelters around Virginia are making a push this month to promote the adoption of all types of hounds. They’re calling it Howl-O-Ween.
To that end, the Campbell County ACO showed the local TV news crew some of the cute hounds at his shelter. All good stuff and a great way to engage the public and help get pets adopted.
On Tuesday morning, [the Campbell Co shelter] euthanized two more hound dogs because nobody would adopt them. We’re told hounds are not always the most desirable dogs.
“They tend to have a little hound dog smell to them and sometimes it takes a little while to house break them. We do adopt right many of them but it’s not at the top of anybody’s list, I don’t think, for adoptions.” said Campbell County Animal Control Officer Benny David.
Animal shelter workers say they get the most stray hounds around January, right at the end of hunting season.
My takeaway as a potential adopter: While the hounds may have looked cute in the TV news segment, they smell, they’re hard to house train, they’re hunter throwaways, most people don’t want to adopt them and the place that’s supposed to be taking care of them is killing them. Hmm, I don’t think I’ll go down to the shelter after all.