Rescue
Sweet pitbull in high-kill shelter gets a new lease on life right in the nick of time
Luis Gaskell
12.06.22

By now, you might be used to seeing every recent dog rescue story.

That’s not a bad thing, they’re always cute and warm to the heart. But this time, let’s mix things up a bit.

This is Stanley, a Pitbull terrier who was rescued.

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Stanley’s story began at a shelter.

He was covered in mange and was kept at a high-kill shelter.

The poor dog was close to being euthanized.

It just so happened that a video was posted showcasing the reality of high-kill shelters, and Stanley was given enough screen time in the video to catch someone’s attention.

Dave Schofield saw the video of Stanley at the high-kill shelter and it broke his heart.

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Schofield runs a rescue organization based in Alberni Valley known as Respect-A-Bull Dog Rescue.

“I got about halfway through the video and I lost it.”

Schofield and his wife Joanne take rescuing Pitbulls very seriously.

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At the time they rescued Stanley, they had about 6 other pitbull puppies in their care. This included a black one named Roxie.

Joanne cried too when she heard of Stanley. They weren’t going to sit around and let Stanley be put down, so they rescued him.

So that’s how Stanley came into their care.

He lived with them while waiting for a foster family in Port Alberni.

They had him transported all the way from California to Vancouver Island.

That foster family came not long after. It was Emily Priestley and Adam Percy.

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By the time they showed up to meet Stanley, the dog already showed signs of visible improvement.

Stanley eventually built a bit of fame, and numerous people wanted to adopt the rescued Pitbull.

His story gripped them just as much as it gripped the Schofields.

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That’s fantastic news for Stanley. It wouldn’t be long before he finds the right home to be adopted into.

As nice as it was that so many people wanted Stanley, the folks who rescued him had to let out an important message.

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That Stanley wasn’t any more deserving of a home than the thousands of other dogs like him. He just had the privilege of being famous.

All across the world are countless dogs abandoned in the streets or scheduled to be put down in shelters.

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Some of them don’t make it out. For every dog like Stanley who was rescued, there are always a few who weren’t so lucky.

“Stanley is not a special dog. If those people have homes for a dog, [if] they have a space open and they want to take a rescue dog, there are thousands of dogs just like Stanley that they can go and adopt. And they don’t have to be Stanley to have a special story.” – said Emily

As Dave said in his own words, “There are so many Stanleys out there right now.”

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By Luis Gaskell
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Luis Gaskell is a contributor at SBLY Media.
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