If a shelter dog is labeled as a pit bull then, according to a study by Arizona State University, theyâll have to wait 3 times longer to find a home than their identical looking counterparts named otherwise. And thatâs unfortunate since 1 out of 3 shelter dogs named âpitsâ are actually a different breed. The Arizona Animal Welfare League (AAWL) decided to take action and remove breed labels. They want to put an end to often misleading breed related stereotypes getting in the way of a lovely pup finding a human to love.
Instead, AAWL creates description cards for each dog at their shelter that are more like dating profiles that focus on a dogâs personal traits (so that you donât swipe left too soon.) âBreeds are an aspect of a dog but they donât make up everything about that dog,â Michael Morefield of the AAWL told KTAR News. âTheir personality, their temperament, the life they have led so far before you meet them in the shelter. Those life experiences really make up who that dog is, more than who their parents were five years ago or what their color markings make you think they are as a breed. Thatâs really what makes up the pet you want to take home.â
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