Pirate has been at the Santa Monica Animal Shelter since December 2016. He's a young, beautiful, high energy goof ball who loves toys and belly rubs. He knows most of his basic commands and walks perfectly on leash (no pulling!). He is 1-2 years old, neutered, and has no known health issues. He gets a little over-excited when he meets other dogs (and hey, don't we all), but mellows out quickly with a proper introduction. He's young and could stand to learn some manners, but he is smart and given the opportunity he learns very quickly. You can check out his adoption video here:
Pirate has had a rough time being kenneled at the shelter because he's so athletic. He's in a bind because he needs a lot of exercise (which, despite best efforts from shelter staff and volunteers, is hard for him to get at the shelter), and the longer he stays at the shelter the more anxious he gets. For pit bulls in particular, this is a dangerous spot to be in... pent up energy can be easily misinterpreted as aggression, and if Pirate is labeled as "aggressive" he is at risk of being euthanized. I've spent a lot of time with Pirate, and am very confident that he is NOT aggressive.
We are raising funds to help Pirate 1) get out of the shelter as soon as possible and 2) find his forever home. Donated funds will go to one of several options (we are exploring all possible leads!):
- Adoption costs and/or foster supplies
- Board and train program
- Donation to a rescue that would agree to take Pirate
Thank you, in advance, to all the people who have taken Pirate into their hearts and are rooting for him. I promise that I'm doing everything I can think of to give Pirate a chance, and I so appreciate all of your support and encouragement. I will keep everyone updated about Pirate's progress, and about how donated funds are used.
With so much gratitude,