I have been working throughout the country to help these dogs, which are battling everything from a media-driven bad reputation to dog fighting to legislation designed to outlaw their very existence.
Here are a few facts about pit bulls:
- About half of the dogs killed in shelters today are pit bulls or pit bull mixes.
- There are 20 different species of dogs that are commonly confused with the pit bull, making breed-discriminatory rules very hard to enforce.
- Only one in every 600 pit bulls will find a home.
- Nationwide, 75% of shelters euthanize all pit bulls, regardless of temperament, age, history, etc.
The biggest risk factors for dog aggression are irresponsible/cruel dog owners and dogs that are not spayed/neutered. No breed is inherently aggressive or vicious.
Responsibly owned, well trained, and socialized pit bulls are fantastically social and make first-rate family dogs.
So, those are a few of the facts and figures. Now, onto my personal feelings. Having now have had 3 Staffies as part of my immediate family, I have never met another being — human or animal — that is kinder, more loving or warmer– than my babies. There is not enough room in my heart to adequately express how much love I feel for them, nor words to describe how much joy they’ve brought to my life.
I wish for just a moment that those who don’t understand would put their prejudices aside, and open their hearts and minds to this wonderful creature. The world would be just that much better of a place.
How are you helping pit bulls?