We are a small all-volunteer foster home network. We do not have enough open foster homes to rescue all of the pit bulls at Indianapolis Animal Care Services that are on the rescue only list, not to mention, other area shelters.
On top of the shelter rescue needs, we receive at least 25 requests a week to take owner/stray surrenders. Combined with shelter requests that means we receive at least 50 rescue requests in one week or 2,600 a year!
It takes time to get a dog healthy and move them through the rescue. On average our dogs stay in the rescue for about 90 days. However, now that we are pulling dogs on the rescue only list, many of those dogs have medical or behavioral needs that take longer to address which results in a longer stay in the rescue. Historically, when we were rescuing puppies and healthy shelter dogs Casa del Toro saved about 75 dogs a year.
So when our volunteers are constantly bombarded by rescue requests (2,600), knowing our capacity (75), it can be overwhelming! Historically we have dedicated important volunteer hours to writing individualized responses to all re-homing requests, even though many of those responses direct inquiries back to the resources found here on our website. Is that an appropriate use of our volunteers? Are we saving pit bulls by writing individualized responses? Or should we focus volunteer efforts on building more foster homes, moving our dogs quicker through the rescue so that we can rescue more dogs? These are not easy questions to answer.
We focus our rescue efforts on pit bulls that are at Indiana shelters and in risk of euthanasia. Right now we do not have the resources to assist with out-of-state requests (pulls or surrenders) or to accept owner/stray surrenders. Please do not contact us for a surrender request.
If you are looking to re-home these tips are found on the 2018 Indy Pet Resource Guide ------------>
- Usually the best option is to keep your pet. Seek assistance with many pet resources listed in the Indy Pet Resource Flyer.
- Arrange for a trusted friend or family member to take your pet.
- Make sure your pet is spayed or neutered prior to re-homing. Contact Spay Neuter Services of Indianapolis if you need assistance with low-cost spay/neuter surgery.
- Do not place your pet through on-line ads such as Craig's List, garage sale sites or Facebook groups. Many tragic outcomes have resulted from this approach.
The following organizations may be able to help re-home your pet:
- Alliance for Responsible Pet Ownership (ARPO):
- (317) 774-8292
- May be able to help you find a new home if you are willing to keep your pet in your home until another suitable home can be found.
- Indianapolis Animal Care Services (IACS):
- (317) 327-1397
- 2600 South Harding Street, Indianapolis, IN 46221
- Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Friday and Saturday from 10am - 5pm; Thursday from 10am - 7pm
- Surrendering your pet to IACS should be the last option because the shelter is usually full due to the fact that they are an open-admission shelter, turning no animal from Indianapolis away.
- (317) 872-5650
- 7929 North Michigan Road, Indianapolis, IN 46268
- There is usually a waiting period of several weeks to surrender your pet.
Check your chip!
Though many Americans have their pets microchipped, only about 60% are registered or have their information updated in the microchip registry.
Did you know that microchipped dogs are more than twice as likely to be returned home to their owners and microchipped cats are more than 20 timesas likely to be returned to their owners? It's true! Registering and updating your pet's microchip can make all of the difference when finding a lost pet and helping them get back home to you.
If you adopted your pet from Casa del Toro then it is already microchipped! Take a minute to look up the details and ensure your pet's chip has the most up-to-date owner information, here.
What if you don't know your pets microchip number? Easy, take your pet on a social visit to your veterinarian and ask them to scan your pet for a microchip. If your pet has a microchip - voila! you have the number. However, if your pet has yet to be microchipped then make an appointment with your veterinarian to have it done as soon as possible.
What is a Pit Bull?
The short answer is a " Pit Bull" is not a breed of dog, it is a generic term for any medium or large-sized dog with a 'block-head', short hair, and muscular build.
The following information comes from our friends at Animal Farm Foundation:
FEAR: “Pit bull” dogs have “locking jaws.”
FACT: “We found that the American Pit Bull Terriers did not have any unique mechanism that would allow these dogs to lock their jaws. There were no mechanical or morphological differences.” Dr. I. Lehr Brisbin, University of Georgia
FEAR: “Pit bull” dogs have massive biting power measuring in 1,000s of pounds of pressure per square inch (PSI).
FACT: On average, dogs bite with 320 lbs of pressure per square inch. The bite pressure of a German Shepherd, an American Pit Bull Terrier and a Rottweiler were tested. The American Pit Bull Terrier had the least amount of bite pressure of the three dogs tested. Dr. Brady Barr, National Geographic
FEAR: “Pit bull” dogs attack without warning.
FACT: “All dogs, including dogs commonly labeled "pit bull," signal their intent.” The institute of Animal Welfare and Behavior of the University of Veterinary Medicine, Hannover, Germany temperament tested over 1,000 dogs.
FEAR: While there are some “pit bull” dogs with good temperaments, they are the exception not the rule.
FACT: The American Temperament Test shows the American Pit Bull Terrier, American Staffordshire Terrier, and the Staffordshire Bull Terrier (three pure breed dogs, typically referred to as “pit bulls”), as well as the dogs labeled “Mixed Breed”, consistently score above the average for all breeds tested, year in and year out. The American Temperament Test Society
Every dog is an individual and should be evaluated as such.
FEAR: “Pit bull” dogs are more dangerous than other dogs.
FACT: There is no scientific evidence that one kind of dog is more likely than another to injure a human being than any other kind of dog.
“…Controlled studies have not identified this breed group [pit bull-type dogs] as disproportionately dangerous.” American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA)
FOUND A STRAY DOG?
Indiana Canine Assistant Network (ICAN) Is the only accredited service dog training program in Indiana. ICAN has brought together dogs, offenders, and people living with disabilities to provide hope for more enriched and independent living.
Emergency planning is one of the most overlooked parts of responsible pet ownership. As pit bull owners it is especially important we have a plan of action in the event of an emergency evacuation because breed specific legislation may make basic tasks, like finding temporary housing, very difficult. Stop by our store to pick up a ready-made emergency preparedness kit.