Patrick Stewart Welcomes Foster Pitbull Into Home, Regrettably Struck With Bad News Afterward
FaithTap Staff 4/25/2017
He's been known to fight evil and to lavish upon his leading ladies, but Sir Patrick Stewart has been posting lots of photos of him exchanging smooches with a new woman in his life. You'll be surprised at just who she is!
Patrick Stewart and his wife Sunny Ozell opened their doors to welcome a pitbull by the name of Ginger. The adorable dog was living in a Los Angeles-area animal shelter when she was spotted by Lesley Brog, who is the founder of a non-profit animal rescue group called Wags and Walks.
When Lesley learned that Patrick was interested in fostering a dog, specifically a pit bull, Lesley introduced him and Sunny to Ginger. Patrick had spent time completing compelling volunteer work with the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, specifically to stop dog fighting.
It must have been love at first sight, because Patrick and Sunny brought Ginger into their home to help her further develop her loving and peppy disposition so she could make someone a wonderful forever pet.
Sunny described Ginger as an "angel in fur" and Patrick lavished lots of love on the pooch. Their "no dog on the furniture" rule was quickly forgotten when all Ginger wanted was to be close to her new temporary owners.
Patrick and Sunny had a serious conversation about officially adopting Ginger, but the dream of giving her that forever home with them was shot down when they learned that the United Kingdom doesn't allow pit bulls. The couple spends half of the year living in California and the other half across the ocean.
The United Kingdom's Danger Dogs Act forbids the ownership, purchase and sale of several types of dogs, including pit bull terriers.
The couple was crushed that they couldn't keep Ginger, but they know that their time with her has been well spent, preparing her for the next big step. They hope she'll be adopted by a wonderful family who will love her as much as Ginger wants to love someone right back. Sunny posted the following message on Facebook:
"Patrick and I said goodbye to Ginger last week. We had fallen madly in love and had explored every possibility of getting her to the U.K. (where we'd be able to give her the kind of life she deserves), but alas the Breed Specific Legislation in place there really made it ultimately impossible. We could not bear to take a risk with her life, knowing that she has a bright future ahead of her even if she's not 'ours.' She will forever be a light of my life, and we'll be keeping in touch with her as much as possible. Fostering is a remarkable experience, and I would absolutely encourage anyone considering it to take the plunge."
People are hoping more countries, states and cities stop enforcing dangerous animal legislation, including Kevin O'Neill, vice president of state affairs for the ASPCA.
"Many municipalities have passed BSL in an attempt to reduce dog bites and attacks, but there is no evidence that they work. The ASPCA recommends that communities enact more progressive, well-rounded 'dangerous dog laws' that address individual animals and owners, not blanket breed bans."
For now, Lesley is sifting through a mountain of applications from people interested in adopting Ginger. Lesley intends to find her the perfect family. We hope that Ginger finds her forever home with a couple who will love her just as much as Patrick and Sunny do.
Sources: Today, Facebook/Sunny Ozell FB Image Credit: Facebook/Patrick Stewart