This is a copy of a plea for help for a very special, very good dog from a dear friend of mine. I have had the privledge of meeting this dog and gladly add my voice to the request for help.
To the friends of Legion,
I am writing to follow up with you about Legion, the pit bull that you all helped to rescue in July 2012
He has done very well at Longmont Humane Society, and his trainers all love him. The kennel manager has taken a personal interest in him, and has spent many hours with him. Jenny from the Great Animal Rescue Chase visited him in September and took some great pictures of him. I visited him in September as well, and was overjoyed to see how far he had come. He walked well on his leash, and was great with my friend James, who he had never actually touched before, although he had seen him. There some pictures attached from our visits.
Unfortunately, after hours and hours of work, the Behavioral staff have decided that Legion will not make a good candidate for adoption. The damage he sustained was too great, and while his progress has been remarkable, it is not enough to call him safe for adoption to anything other than a very special home. Sadly, there are way too few of these, and it is quite unlikely that we can find one for Legion.
The staff at Longmont have contacted me to say that we need to begin arrangements to transfer Legion to a sanctuary. In their estimation, it will be a long time, if ever, that Legion would not be a liability in the community. He is unpredictable in who he does not like, and when he does not like or trust someone, he lunges without warning. Given his bite history, he and the public would both be at risk if he were adopted into a home that did not adequately know how to handle him. If something were to occur, Legion would without doubt be put down, an innocent person could be badly hurt and all that Longmont has worked to achieve would be at risk. We can’t ask them to take that chance, and pit bulls do not need any further bad publicity.
Without our commitment to raising the funds to move Legion to sanctuary, Longmont will have no choice but euthanasia for him. We JUST CAN’T let this happen to him. We all worked to get him to safety once, and we can do it again. It was never his fault that he was raised in abuse, and was so badly damaged. Humans did this, and other humans must help him now. Whenever I despair of humans, I remember all of you and how you helped a dog you did not know, because I told his story. And then, I have hope again.
There are two Sanctuaries they have in mind, Best Friends, in Utah, and Smiling Dog in Texas.
In order to transfer him to Best Friends, Longmont must commit to bringing 4 dogs in his place to Longmont. The cost to them is around $4000.00. This would be a one time cost, and Legion would be homed for life. Smiling Dog would build him his own townhouse and yard, and they must have the funds for this up front. This is $1262.00. However, this option has a long term cost. A committed crew of people will need to sign up to donate the cost of upkeep, which is $80 a month. This will include his food, his vet, and all his expenses. Any number of people can sign up for a monthly donation to make up this amount, and Smiling Dog has a means to help us raise these funds. You can see more about this at this link. http://www.smilingdogfarms.org/sdf_intake_procedure.html
I will need to check with Rhea @ Longmont regarding the cost of transporting Legion, and these funds will need to be raised as well.
The link to PitBulls for Peace donations, which you can all rest assured will go straight to Legion’s rescue is http://www.firststarontheright.com/legion.htm.
I am committing money and time to this cause. I am hoping that all of you will continue to support Legion as generously or more than you did when he needed to go to Longmont. Many people helped to raise those funds. Some sent as little as $3, and one very special person sent $200.00. If each of you could dig a little more, and if each of you agreed to send his story far and wide, there could yet be a good end for this very special boy.