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.