The Irresponsible Public Shelters a Group of English Shepherds in NC

Photo of rescue dog "Buddy", posted on the National English Shepherd Rescue page on Facebook.
Photo of rescue dog “Buddy”, posted on the National English Shepherd Rescue page on Facebook.

The Guilford Co pound in NC kills roughly half its dogs and cats – unless someone there thinks the pet happens to look like a Rottweiler, Chow Chow or “Pitbull”.  Guilford Co refuses to adopt out any pets who, in the staff’s opinion, resemble those types of dogs.  The non-profit that runs the pound also kills dogs that rescues are willing to take and then attempts to cover it up by claiming to be exempt from public records requests.

The Guilford Co pound is the opposite of what an animal shelter is supposed to be.  And that’s why I was concerned when I read that 3 English Shepherds had been taken there after their owner died in January.  A caring relative of the owner was determined to see the dogs, 15 in total, properly cared for by people who understood the special needs of the individual dogs and their rare breed.  She contacted National English Shepherd Rescue and the group was able to send someone to evaluate the dogs while they lined up foster homes:

Two of the dogs had to be put to sleep […] and three were taken to the Guilford County Animal Shelter, where two were adopted by the director’s daughter. The other dog left at the shelter was returned to the group after the National English Shepherd Rescue organization stepped in.

Thank you irresponsible public, once again.  It is so comforting to know that these dogs will be properly cared for, neutered and adopted out, as they should be.  The Guilford Co pound doesn’t do its job to shelter animals but thankfully, the compassionate owners and breeders who make up National English Shepherd Rescue were able to step in and do it for them.

I dread to think of this group of dogs being impounded by Guilford Co, mislabeled as Chow mixes and killed for no reason other than someone’s opinion of their body shape and coat.  And it’s tragic to know that happens to other dogs in the area as a matter of pound policy.

Photo of rescued dogs, posted on the National English Shepherd Rescue page on Facebook.
Photo of rescued dogs, posted on the National English Shepherd Rescue page on Facebook.

16 thoughts on “The Irresponsible Public Shelters a Group of English Shepherds in NC

  1. Dot — they are being housed at the moment at *greatly* discounted cost by the Surry Animal Hospital, where they have all be neutered and are having their pre-existing medical issues and injuries treated. One dog had to have a leg amputated due to an old untreated injury. There are volunteer NESR personnel there working with them while we sort out transport and foster placements. A few have already left for foster placements.

    At last count, we are looking for one more foster home, for a small male who is defensive-aggressive with other male dogs. None of these dogs have a lick of human aggression in them, according to our personnel.

    I guess the vets at Surry Animal Hospital are also the irresponsible public.

    1. Damn you, irresponsible public! Why can’t you just let the shelters do their jobs? Oh…wait. You mean that the shelters AREN’T doing their jobs? And…that’s your fault, too? Wow, y’all are REALLY irresponsible!

  2. Yay, irresponsible public! Beautiful dogs. Ive come to find lately that when someone knows they are guilty of something but dont want to own up to it, they blame the other person of it. Classic case of deflection. So “Im being irresponsible doing this but I dont care” turns into “You’re being irresponsible and you dont care”.

  3. This has really been a community effort. NESR had the volunteer network, experience, and resources to help these dogs on their way to new lives. But it could not have happened without the kind hearts of many people who knew these dogs deserved a chance and reached out for help. I just LOVE me some Irresponsible Public! Little by little, they help renew my faith in humanity.

    As the volunteers leave later this week to deliver dogs to new foster and adoptive homes, please ask the Weather Gods (or the angels of your choice!) to look kindly on them and keep them safe in their travels.

  4. As of today ALL the dogs now have foster or adoptive homes! We could not have done this without the cooperation of the local community, the dedication of the NESR team and the incredible outpouring of support from the ES (as well as the wider dog) community. It’s been a privilege to work hand in hand with so many people to get these dogs into safe, loving environments. The work will continue for the fosters and adopters as they help these dogs discover a world much wider than they have ever experienced. Stay tuned to the NESR website to watch their progress!

  5. Although I don’t like the Miss labels of the dogs . I however really hate the that the dogs who are truly that breed are treated in such a way that the only answer for them is death. To me it is the same as racial profiling.

    1. I am one 15 really lucky people. I have Lucy. One of the rescued ES dogs. She is my best friend and companion. Thanks to English Sheppard Rescue I am blessed with the kindest, most gentle sweetheart I could imagine.

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