Thank you for your interest in adopting one of the wonderful,
loving dogs recently rescued from Oneida County. The Idaho Humane Society is
committed to matching these beautiful dogs with the best possible homes for
their individual needs.
The dogs vary in age from teenagers (about 8-12 months), to
young adults (1-3 years), to more mature dogs (from 4-6 years). Both males and
females will be looking for new homes.
The dogs are a wide variety of colors, many black or black and white
dogs and many various shades of brown to tan. Most of the dogs weigh between
about 27-40 pounds.
The Oneida Pit bulls are resilient dogs, but they have not
had easy lives. The dogs lived outdoors, with very little to no human
attention, on a chain with only a plastic barrel for shelter. These are not
dogs well-suited for first time dog owners.
Here are some of the
characteristics we're looking for in new homes:
- Experience with dog ownership.
- Homes ready to dedicate a lot of time to
house training, crate training, socialization, and helping their new dogs learn
to be good canine citizens with polite manners.
- We anticipate that some of the dogs will do well
in homes with no other dogs, while other dogs will find more confidence in
homes that do have other dogs.
- These are active dogs that will require a home
that will give them daily outlets for their energy.
- Due to their energy level and lack of manners,
these dogs are best suited for homes with older children who will not be physically
overwhelmed by the dogs.
Are you a good candidate as an adopter for a pit bull? You
should be able to answer "YES" to each of the following:
- Are you looking for a
companion that will live indoors as a family member?
bulls thrive on human contact. Pit bulls are affectionate, happy dogs that want
to be with you, near you, or in your lap! They’re professional cuddlers. Be
sure you have time for a dog that needs your companionship. Pit bulls that
aren’t integrated into family life often develop problem behaviors out of
boredom and loneliness. Pit bulls have short coats that do not protect them
from bad weather.
- Are you totally committed to
training and socializing your new dog or puppy?
owners need to ensure that their dog is under control and at ease in a variety
of situations. Due to public perception, the consequences for a pit bull that
misbehaves are often more extreme than for other dogs
- Are you able and willing to
proved firm boundaries and positive leadership?
bull puppies and adults need good training. You should always use methods based
on positive reinforcement and consistent, fair rules. Although pit bulls are
tough on the outside, they’re often extremely sensitive dogs, and harsh
training techniques are neither appropriate nor necessary. Consistency is the
key to training pit bulls.
- Can you accept the fact that
owning a pit bull will place limitations on where you can live?
a landlord that will accept your pit bull can be a real challenge. Many
landlords have strict limits on size and breeds. On top of that many cities and
even entire countries have enacted breed specific legislation that make it
illegal to own a pit bull in their jurisdiction. The majority of pit bulls surrendered
to shelters are because of housing problems.
- Is your life relatively
settled with no foreseeable changes planned that would affect your ability to
keep your dog for the rest of its natural life?
homeless animal population has reached epic proportions. There are simply not
enough good homes for all the pets that need one. It can be very difficult to
rehome a pit bull.
- Can you provide ample
opportunity for an energetic dog to get enough exercise?
bulls are athletic and need lots of exercise. Walk your dog at least once a
day, play fetch with him, and take him to training classes. A tired dog is a
well-behaved dog! If your lifestyle is not an active one, you’ll need to find
creative ways to make sure your bully gets enough exercise. If you’re a runner,
an avid hiker, a Frisbee enthusiast or a cyclist a pit bull might be ideal for