The Issue: Economic Hardship Among Dog Owners
Despite the recession having ended on paper, the Las Vegas area continues to suffer from an unemployment rate of about 8%, while Nevada as a whole has one of the highest unemployment rates in the country. The financial hardships that result from a poor job market affect every member of Las Vegas families, including pets. People struggling with income find it difficult to afford even the most basic necessities, like food and medical care, for their beloved pets; as a result, many feel forced to give up their animals. A local open-admission shelter, The Animal Foundation, reported that it took in 17,914 stray and owner-surrendered dogs in 2013.
The Campaign: Supporting Owners by Feeding Local Dogs
All donations to this Grassroots campaign will be used by Incred-A-Bull to support owners who are having difficulty affording dog food. For every $10 raised, Incred-A-Bull can purchase 20 pounds of food to distribute to the dogs it supports. Last year, the organization provided more than 1,500 pounds of dog food to owners in need, and the staff believes that amount will be surpassed this year. Providing food and other supplies maintains the health and happiness of dogs, and it helps prevent owners who are struggling financially or who are transient or homeless from surrendering their dogs to animal shelters.
Incred-A-Bull's goal is simple: it works to "end canine discrimination" by educating the public about pit bulls and other misunderstood dogs. By providing information and advocacy for these dogs, the organization hopes to drastically reduce the number of dogs who are unnecessarily euthanized. As part of its efforts to dispel pervasive stereotypes about such dogs, it sponsors events like community walks to showcase friendly dogs interacting with fellow canines, adults, and kids.
In addition, Incred-A-Bull supports all of the community's dogs regardless of breed through owner-support programs. For owners dealing with financial hardship, it provides food and basic supplies like leashes and collars at no cost. It partners with local veterinary clinics to pay for all or part of the cost of spay or neuter procedures for pit bull and pit bull mixes, which help prevent overpopulation. For frustrated owners having trouble dealing with their dogs' behavior, Incred-A-Bull offers one-on-one training consultations and builds dog runs to release activity-starved outdoor pups from their tethers. All of these programs are united under the goal of reducing the possibility that dogs will be abandoned or surrendered to animal shelters already stretched to the limit.