The city of Long Beach Animal Care Services and spcaLA is looking for families to adopt three Rottweiler dogs before they are considered for euthanization. The dogs, Brutus, Rosalie and Dutch, have been at the shelter since Jan. 25.
Rosalie (7 years old) and Brutus (5 years old) are two of six Rottweilers delivered to the shelter together. The original owners were evicted from their home and had no choice but to bring the dogs to the shelter, according to animal advocate Carina Cristiano. Four of the dogs have been adopted.
Dutch, a 2-year-old Rottweiler, is not a member of the family of six, but has been at the shelter with the others since January.
Cristiano said that each dog is social and friendly and can live in an environment with kids and other pets. Betty, one of the Rottweilers adopted earlier last month, enjoys meeting other people and pets with her new owners.
"She loves meeting cats and everyone in the neighborhood is in love with her," Cristiano said about Betty. "She lives in a complex with 20 units and we always hear good things."
Betty is one of the four Rottweilers adopted from the shelter by Long Beach families this year. All of the dogs have friendly energy and love playing outside, according to Cristiano.
The families that have adopted the Rottweilers from the shelter have connected with each other through their adopted pets and now host play dates and even babysit for one another, she added.
"One family is going to Scotland for the summer and the other family plans to babysit their dogs," Cristiano said.
She added that she would like the other Rottweilers to be adopted by Long Beach families in the hopes that all the new owners will form a relationship for the sake of the dogs. The dogs are used to being around each other and will miss each other's company, according to Cristiano.
However, there is concern that the rest of the dogs won't be adopted in time. The shelter is full, and euthanization is a possibility for dogs not adopted, Cristiano said.
But according to Ted Stevens, manager of the city's Animal Care Services, the Rottweilers are reportedly in a healthy, friendly condition for adoption and aren't necessarily at risk to be euthanized.
"When we start getting super full like we are now, we will look at the dogs that aren't doing so well," Stevens said. "We'll see if there are any severe medical issues that we are unable to treat or if the dogs are experiencing violent behavior."
Regardless of the dog or cat's condition, euthanization is always the last option for the shelter, Stevens said. If the animals are labeled as "not adoptable," the shelter will look to rescue groups to help rehabilitate and re-home the animals, he added.
"We have a re-homing supervisor in charge of contacting these groups and making arrangements," Stevens said.
One of the rescue organizations, Live Love Animal Rescue, will attempt to re-home or transport animals set to be euthanized to a different shelter. According to Cristiano, many animals are transported to a sister organization in Canada.
"We just want to make people aware that these dogs are here and they need a family," Cristiano said. "If everyone took it upon themselves to save an animal, the world would be a much better place."
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