Rescues get a lot of phone calls, and Todd's was an especially sad call. I was driving down route 46 alternating between flipping through radio stations and listening to a frantic woman talking to me about a homeless male pitbull named Todd.
Todd was originally adopted from a rescue in New York City called Social Tees Rescue. The family moved to New Jersey, and, after having Todd for about a year, didn't want him anymore and dumped him at a kill shelter down the shore. Todd's former foster mother who had fostered him and adored him was on the phone crying hysterically to me that she had gone through the internet and called about 15 rescues before reaching me to ask for help.
That in itself is never a good sign. If someone was going in alphabetical order through a list of rescues, it likely took them awhile before they got to the letter "S" to reach our rescue, Sit Stay Learn. This told me that numerous other rescues who are overcrowded with pitbulls had already told the crying lady that they couldn't help.
We're a small rescue. We are really just starting out, have a tiny (almost miniscule) budget, don't have any major sponsors, and haven't yet gotten the attention of movie stars who love pitbulls as much as we do.
However, we somehow have good luck and reputation for being successful with rehoming pitbulls and bully breeds. One such example was Merry, our deaf, three legged pitbull who we have since adopted out to a pampered new life in the country.
The foster woman has cancer, and is going through chemo treatments, so taking Todd back into her care would be out of the question. She was sobbing hysterically on the phone because the shelter was about to put Todd to sleep due to lack of space.
And this is dog rescue. It isn't always pretty. In fact, it's usually NOT pretty at all. What we're learning though, is that magic happens when people work together.
We called Social Tees Rescue and made arrangements to have Todd transported to a local trainer we like in Montville where he was to have 5 weeks of Canine good citizen (doggy boot camp) training.
The foster and Social Tees transported Todd out of the shelter and to the trainer. They paid for his 5 week stay, and our rescue promised to donate Todd's food and take photos and video to help him get adopted.
Even though he is technically not our dog, Social Tees Rescue asked us to be Todd's NJ adoption or foster liasons and to help him find a new home in NJ, and so we will. Here is Todd.
Todd is about 3 years old. He's a pitbull/boxer mix. He is neutered, up to date on all vaccinations and healthy. Todd is housebroken, he loves people and most other dogs, but he should probably be an only house dog as he is possessive of his bones around other dogs. Otherwise, he is a very sweet dog who would do best with an active family with a yard. Todd's favorite pastimes include riding in convertibles and cruising for cute chicks, rawhides, and long walks with a friend. He's a very cool guy who is quite a gem.
For more information on adopting or fostering Todd, please contact 862-703-0637 and visit our rescue on the web at Sitstaylearn.org.