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The Jackson County Animal Shelter is offering deals on pit bulls this weekend, it hopes you can’t pass up

Jamie Lusch/Mail Tribune Jackson County Animal Shelter volunteer Amy Oakden shares a moment Wednesday with Diner, one of the pit bulls who hopes to find a home this weekend.

Found behind a local restaurant, a 2-year-old red pit bull puppy affectionately named “Diner” might have stumbled across his forever home when a good Samaritan picked him up and brought him home.

As Diner’s luck would have it, however, the Good Samaritan’s other dog was not a big fan of the reddish-brown pit bull and quickly attacked poor Diner.

Delivered to the Jackson County Animal Shelter with serious injuries, Diner had a long road to healing from the physical and emotional scars of his attack.

A perfectly likeable pup in his own right, Diner is one of twelve pit bulls or pit bull mixes that languish at the shelter. Dubbed the “poster kid” for this weekend’s “Pittie Palooza,” Diner and 11 of his closest pit bull friends will be on hand to meet potential adopters with heavily discounted adoption fees.

Shelter manager Kim Casey said the pit bull event is the second discounted adoption event for Jackson County Animal Services this year, but the first “breed-specific” event.

Casey said shelters across the country are overcrowded and hanging the proverbial “no vacancy” sign after overwhelming networks of cat and dog foster homes and dismissing “owner surrender” situations almost daily.

Casey said pit bulls and pit bull mixes are a tough sell due to a host of dog stereotypes – including high prey drive and abundant energy – while some insurance companies and owners often refuse to work with the families who own the dogs.

A benefit to finding one of the chubby-faced pits at the county shelter, however, Casey said, is that they have been fully vetted and evaluated for temperament.

“The idea for the pit bull adoption event was basically that we have a number of dogs that are hanging around for adoption who are having a bit more difficulty finding homes. Of 12 dogs we had available a few weeks ago for adoption, 11 were Pit Bulls or Pit Bull mixes. In general, we’ve continually had more pit bulls available for adoption, and they tend to linger,” Casey said.

“We hope this event will be a good opportunity to educate the public about this breed and challenge some stereotypes. They tend to be dogs that don’t get along well with other dogs or maybe don’t like cats or have a higher prey drive than other dogs. Some are very sensitive. They are very athletic…and if you can’t find something for them to do, they tend to find their own mischief.

Casey said the pit crew awaiting families this weekend has the stamp of approval from the shelter’s staff and volunteers, who can tell potential adopters anything they’d like to know.

“We have wonderful dogs waiting for their forever home. A few of them have special needs, but we hope that if it takes them a little longer to find the right situation, we can be sure that they have found the best possible solution,” added Casey.

“All of the dogs we adopt from the shelter have been temperament checked and are not aggressive towards people, and they participate in playgroups.”

Diner, Casey noted, is a prime example. Described as an “oversized pup”, Diner gets along better with female dogs than males, and he may be too rambunctious for a home with young children.

“He was taken out into the community to assess how he handles different situations, and he even went home with a few of our volunteers, and he’s a really good dog,” Casey added.

“Despite his really sad story and everything he’s been through, he’s a really sweet boy.”

Casey said the dozen pits were treated to a photo op with flower leis and handkerchiefs. FOTAS (Friends of the Animal Shelter) volunteer Eliza Kauder said the pit event is a great deal for families looking to add a new member this weekend.

“It’s a hell of a deal. Normal adoption fees are $150, but FOTAS covers the first $100 to help these dogs get into good homes and out of the shelter,” she said.

“When people donate to FOTAS, they are helping in many ways, and one of those ways is to help cover adoption costs to give these dogs a better chance.”

This weekend’s event will take place from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Jackson County Animal Shelter, 5595 S. Pacific Highway, between Phoenix and Talent.

No appointment is necessary to attend.

To help with adoption costs or for more information, visit online, fotas.org.

Contact freelance writer Buffy Pollock at [email protected]

Showcase Pittie

A few of the pitties featured at Pittie Palooza include:

Three-year-old Daisy, weighing 75 pounds, does well in playgroups, takes treats gently and would love to find a home where she can act as a footstool or movie-watching partner.

One-year-old Frankie is a big guy weighing over 70 pounds. Brown and white, Frankie has a lot of energy but likes to learn new things.

Wallace, a dark brown and white boy with a broad smile, is estimated to be 4 years old and about 80 pounds. Not a big fan of cats, he makes up for his anti-feline stance with lots of cute stuff and a loyal nature.

Five-year-old Lola is a dork with a cute face and a knack for doing whatever she wants. Recently abandoned by her family, who felt she lacked time for Lola, the 2-year-old pit lab mixer tends to pull on the leash but uses a dog door and takes treats gently.