Two pit bulls are becoming service dogs after being nearly euthanized for lack of homes.
Westborough resident Erica Gordon Bailey said she is collecting dog supply donations to help Red Hot Rescue and Pit Bulls for PTSD, the two rescues that have helped the two dogs.
Dog food, used blankets and other supplies may be left in front of the garage at Bailey's home, 24 Hundreds Road, by Sept. 1, Bailey said.
Financial donations also may be made, without a deadline, through the rescues' websites, she said.
The two six-year-old Pit Bulls had lived with a friend of Bailey's in Marlborough since they were puppies, she said.
"Unforeseen circumstances" required the family to give the dogs up, she said.
"After months of being unsuccessful, the owner was faced with bringing
them to a shelter," Bailey said.
"The no-kill shelters in Massachusetts either had no
room or they were at their max for this breed.
"I found out on a Thursday that Saturday
was deemed the day they would go to the shelter. The shelter felt the
chances of them getting adopted before the euthanization deadline were
slim because they were an owner surrender, adult dogs at age six, and
because of their breed."
Bailey said that "my family and I have always been animal lovers and wanted to help."
She and Lindsay at "Lilly The Hero Pit Bull" called around before ultimately finding the two rescues that are helping the dogs.
"The dogs had an evaluation and passed all temperament testing with
flying colors," Bailey said.
"With the help of this evaluation it was was determined
with training they would make good service dogs for people with
disabilities such as PTSD and children with autism."