According to Wednesday's publication of Orlando Weekly, an animal services facility in Orlando, Fla., will no longer assign breed specific labels to the dogs who are in their care.
On Tuesday, Orange County Animal Services announced the new policy which will hopefully increase the adoption rates for dogs previously labeled under the broad blanket of "pit bull, or pit bull mix."
The animal services facility posted an update to their Facebook followers about the change earlier this week:
Orange County Animal Services receives approximately 20,000 pets every year. In an effort to afford every four-legged friend the greatest opportunity to find a forever home, Orange County Animal Services will remove breed identification from kennel cards and on our website at www.ocnetpets.com.
Our goal is to break down barriers associated with breed descriptions, leaving behind any division or stigma associated with breed classifications so that each pet can find a perfect match with a loving forever home. By allowing shelter pets to defy description, each pet can overcome any labels that might limit chances of adoption.
We hope this endeavor will boost adoption numbers for shelter pets.
Most of the comments following the post are positive, though some individuals question and even condemn, the idea of dropping the breed label.
In the past, most dogs with a muscular body and block style head were promptly slapped with the "pit bull" label - moving forward, assigning a breed based solely on appearance, will be a thing of a past.
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