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Beaufort County Animal Shelter full of 'unadoptable' dogs needing good homes

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The Beaufort County Animal Shelter is full of 'unadoptable' dogs.

But that doesn't mean they can't go home with you.

This pitbull mix is considered one of the 80 'unadoptable' dogs at the Beaufort County Animal Shelter.

The staff says there's nothing wrong with this dog, it just needs some extra time and attention.

They may look aggressive but they're not. Some have heartworm disease or hair loss.

But stereotype is the main reason these pitbull mixes have a much lower chance of being adopted.

"Right now we're at the capacity for what we call 'unadoptable' dogs, they're nice, they're great dispositions but they have that part of the pit that a lot of people can't have," said Tallulah Trice, Director of the Beaufort County Animal Shelter.

The majority are either given up by their owners or strays. Because of the county's high military population, Trice says it's even harder to find them good homes.

"With homeowner associations and apartment buildings, they're banning certain breeds. If they have any pit in them whatsoever and military housing, they're not allowed to have pitbulls as well," she said.  

The shelter transfers those 'adoptable' animals to other shelters with a higher demand, leaving them more room to work with the unadoptable ones.

"So our job is to make them special like teach them a trick or make them unique in a way," said Trice.

A volunteer trainer spends time with each of the dogs throughout the week, helping them become more socialized. Trice says sometimes it's just as simple as needing some room to run around.

"We have a lot of dogs that just have high energy that needs somebody that runs or exercises quite a bit," she added.

But some peopl like Emily Trevino and her family know these are harmless animals. They came today with their boxer, Cooper, in hopes of adopting a pitbull mix named Wednesday.

"They're lovable, they're just like any other dog. If people abuse you, you would also be evil too so we're just looking to give him a chance, a home, a forever hom," said Trevino.  

Using resources like Facebook for public education, the shelter is hoping more people will soon realize that that these kinds of dogs are no different than any others.

The shelter is slowly adopting out these dogs but they say the longer it takes them to leave this facility, the harder it will be for them to adjust in their new home.

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