Give Illegal Dog Breed a Second Chance


Target: Natalie Kemeny-Foto, President of the Windsor-Essex County Humane Society

Goal: Thank a leading animal protection organization for going above and beyond to ensure that all dogs in their care have a chance at happy lives

The organizers of the Windsor-Essex County Humane Society in Ontario, Canada do everything within their power to ensure that each dog in their care finds a safe and loving home. Unfortunately this dedication is jeopardized when the dog in question is a pit bull. Due to a local ban on pit bulls shelters in Ontario are not permitted to house the dogs or to acquire them in order to find them homes within the province; yet staff working with the local Humane Society chapter have gone above and beyond to ensure that even these criminalized creatures have a chance at finding loving families to adopt them.

When a dog resembling a pit bull was surrendered to the Windsor-Essex County Humane Society the group sent off DNA from the dog in order to determine its breed. The poor animal was seriously injured, requiring surgery when they received it. If the tests prove it is in fact a pit bull the shelter has arranged for the dog to move to another province of Canada where there are no laws banning the breed.

This process has been very hard for the workers at the Humane Society chapter, though they are prepared to do everything in their power to ensure that the dog is not euthanized regardless of its breed. The legislation in Ontario is frustrating for many reasons and the pit bulls denied homes because of it are not deserving of such a fate. However Humane Societies like the one in Windsor-Essex County strive to ensure that all dogs, even illegal ones, are given a promising chance at life. Commend this valiant business practice.


Dear Ms. Kemeny-Foto,

Ontario’s law banning residents from owning pit bull dogs is terribly unjust. Too often the law puts animal protection groups like yours in a morally difficult situation. I am writing to commend you on how the Windsor-Essex County Humane Society handled a specific case of a dog named Coco, suspected of being a pit bull.

You took Coco in because she needed immediate medical attention and love. Unfortunately for her the puppy resembles a pit bull and therefore may not be legal for adoption within Ontario. You and your staff have made the extra effort to determine Coco’s breed and to ensure that she has a safe place to go in another province if indeed she is a pit bull.

Thank you for your dedication to all dogs and for avoiding, at all costs, euthanizing those which are not legal for adoption in your province. Your compassion is truly a blessing for these animals.


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Photo credit: Rob Swatski via Flickr

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  1. kay allan says:

    it is often the owner of these dogs who are to blame for the way they are.

  2. Stan Benton says:

    What kind of “area” creates “illegal breeds” so that injured animals of that breed should be murdered? That’s about as sick as it gets. They should make homo “sapiens” illegal?

  3. BSL is just plain insane. Each dog has its own personality and if a problem arises then each dog must be treated as an individual. Pitties are loving, caring, loyal and intelligent dogs and they should never be killed just because of their breed.


  4. Sheila Jefferson says:

    Thank you!!! 🙂

  5. I had a pit bull my whole life and they are sweet, affectionate,and adorable dogs. My favorite dog breed!!!(:
    I feel bad for the people that aren’t allowed to have pit bulls because it’s illegal, and I feel bad for all the pit bulls that have to be put down everyday in these places

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