By Victoria Reed
A Jacksonville dog found a new home last week despite being misunderstood, all thanks to a woman who opened her heart and ignored the stereotypes.
Bullet is a five-year-old bully breed dog. He was at the Jacksonville Humane Society since earlier this year. His previous owner brought him there when they could no longer take care of him. Adult dogs sometimes have a hard time being placed in a home because they are negatively perceived.
“A lot of people don’t want to adopt an adult dog. They assume that because they’re in a shelter and they’re an adult dog that something is wrong with them,” said Lindsay Layendecker, Senior Manager of Education and Outreach at the Jacksonville Humane Society.
One woman opened her home and her heart to Bullet, even after being hesitant about adopting an adult bully breed.
“Everybody warned me not to do that. But, he’s so chill he’s not like anything anyone said he would be,” said Bullet’s new owner Samantha White.
White describes Bullet as a laid back, well-trained, relaxed dog who likes to chase cats. She says she couldn’t have asked for a better dog. All of her concerns were put to rest when she first met Bullet.
Layendecker says there are a lot of stereotypes when it comes to bully breed dogs. People assume they are aggressive and dangerous because of the way they’re represented. She encourages people looking to adopt a pet to focus on the characteristics and behaviors of the pet rather than their age or breed.
For more information about adoption, volunteering or donations go to jaxhumane.org.