Throughout Pit Bull Awareness Month this past October, a war of words was waged between various groups online about the best way to protect pit bulls from abuse.
Pit bulls are the breed most often found chained in dismal backyards 24/7, thrown into fighting rings to rip each other to shreds and electrocuted, drowned or hanged for losing fights. They are also the number one breed admitted to many shelters.
You are hurting the very cause you're trying to help each and every time you click and comment. You are feeding the anti-pit bull machine.
Walter's the type of dog that makes everyone's day better. Walter's the type of dog that makes your day better. But Walter is also a pit bull.
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals has thrown its hat in with an anti-pit bull coalition. This group's agenda is to have pit bulls banned across the United States -- a move which seems to lead, inexorably, to the dogs being killed.
Families with pit bulls have put a lot of time and effort into their search, and are likely looking to stay awhile. Retention of excellent tenants saves you time, money, & effort finding a new tenant and eliminates risk.
I remember the day I was approved to foster him. He was in Columbus, I was in Cleveland, and at that point he should have already been euthanized. A quick walk down an empty hallway could have been his fate, but thankfully the shelter held out one more day.
The good news is that things are so much better these days for pit bulls in spite of all the bad news out there. Many people do see pit bulls differently now. Much of this had to do with the Michael Vick case in 2007 and the good work of many rescue groups.
Dogs that live in backyards full-time, and are never allowed in the house, tend to disassociate from their family members and are often under-socialized. They also don't learn to live in the house and learn house rules.
What you don't realize when you adopt your first pit bull are all of the things that come as part of that package deal. Sure, you've got your normal puppy things, i.e. house breaking, training, the occasional potty accident to clean, etc. You also get a fair amount of ignorance, and hate.
After seeing other breeds hurt by discrimination over many years, I don't want to see this happen again. As I look through our south bay shelters, I see many Chihuahuas and their mixes, and in some areas they have increased in numbers beyond pit-bull-type dogs.
My name is Andrew Yori, but most people call me Roo. I think it's important to start out by letting you know that I was not one of the people opposed to you getting a second chance. I was also not one of the people who called for a boycott of the NFL.
I listened as the shelter staff explained her story. She was the product of one of the largest cruelty cases in recent history. I couldn't leave her like this. She wouldn't get adopted in this condition. I texted my husband and he responded, "Pick the dog that needs us the most."
This conjures up a whole new level of pooch-spoiling in most people's minds and I am never entirely sure the question is meant as a compliment. No matter, they are here because someone else couldn't meet their obligation to them or worse. Each one of them is adopted.
I don't do this to make friends, for approval or a pat on the back. You don't like dogs? I don't care. I do this to save dogs, and if this notion is unfathomable or difficult to understand, then I suggest you take a good long look at yourself in the mirror.
There are a lot of uphill battles that pit bull parents face on a daily basis. In an effort to help educate, I've put together this little list of the most commonly asked questions, and my answers to them.