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24 Sep

Dog at Shelter for 2,531 Days is Ready to be Loved

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(Guest post by Caitlin Jill Anders from

When Dahlia arrived at the Santa Barbara Humane Society (SBHS) in California in October 2008, no one could have known exactly how long her stay would be. Now, nearly 7 years later, it's long past time for Dahlia to find her forever home.

Dahlia, a 7-year-old pit bull, was only 6 months old when she arrived at the shelter. She was given away because her owner simply could not keep her anymore. Puppies usually have an easier time getting adopted than older dogs but, for some reason, Dahlia kept slipping through the cracks.

Santa Barbara Humane Society

Dahlia can be a little shy at first, which could be why she still remains at the shelter. "She is a little timid when meeting new people but once she gets to know you she is such a sweetheart," Erica Jackson, a canine adoption counselor at SBHS, told The Dodo.

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16 Sep

From Instagram: A Pack of Adorable Pit Bulls


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A photo posted by noelani g.β€πŸ’›πŸ’š (@noelaniig) on Aug 10, 2015 at 5:36pm PDT

In case you need more proof of how loving and goofy pit bulls are, look no further because this Instagram is all you need. 



A photo posted by noelani g.β€πŸ’›πŸ’š (@noelaniig) on Sep 8, 2015 at 10:17pm PDT

Noelani Guerrero, username noelaniig, is a foster mom with an adorable pack of pit bulls that will melt your heart. On top of her five pit bulls, she fosters everything from adult dogs to litters of puppies. She is a huge advocate of pit bulls and adoption. She also works with the Fresno Bully Rescue and runs Urban Suburban Apparel, which sells apparel for humans and dogs alike. All of the products advocate for the breed.

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14 Sep

From Instagram: Pit Bull Brothers are the Coolest Kids On the Block

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(Guest post by caitlinnjill from

Meet Phillip and Darren, the pit bull brothers who are most likely living a WAY more fulfilling life than you.

Phillip and Darren have the good life, and by that I mean the most adorable, catalog-worthy life you've ever seen.

They live with their happy, photogenic mom and dad in Brisbane, Australia.

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11 Sep

9-Year-Old Perfectly Sums Up Why Rescuing a Dog is Worth It

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(Guest post by Anna Swartz from

You don't have to be a grown-up to get why adopting a shelter dog is such an incredible (and important) thing to do β€” or why rescues make the best pets.

Nine-year-old Sadie Bettendorf summed it up perfectly last week, explaining why she and her family adopted their new pit bull, Maxx, from the Siouxland Humane Society in Sioux City, Iowa. "They need homes," Sadie told local outlet KTIV, adding that Maxx "makes our family complete."

The Bettendorfs were brokenhearted in June after their pittie, Blue, died of cancer β€” they were desperately searching for a new dog to help them feel whole again.

They asked the Siouxland Humane Society to give them a call if any new pit bulls were brought in. They wanted a dog who would remind them of Blue.

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29 Aug

From Instagram: Pit Bull Best Friends Love Each Other ... Most of the Time

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All siblings and best friends get on each other's nerves sometimes, and that's exactly the case for these adorable pitties.

Meet Sookie and Ivy!

Sookie and Ivy are two rescue pit bulls that live with their human mama and each other, and they love each other ... most of the time. Just like many siblings, these two friends are very different.

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11 Aug

Homeless Pit Bull Shows Rescuers How Much She Wants to be Saved

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(Guest post by Caitlin Jill Anders from

Even when an animal is suffering greatly, sometimes it only takes one little sign or gesture for her to show you she still has hope. Rescue organization Hope For Paws got a call about a homeless, injured pit bull who needed help, and went to go and find her.

The pit bull, later named Penelope, was found in an industrial area in a makeshift home she had fashioned for herself. When rescuers approached Penelope, she was clearly happy to see them, wiggling around, but made no moves to get up. 

Rescuers realized that Penelope had a bad cut on her thigh and likely couldn't stand up. One of the rescuers brought out a leash and began unraveling it. As soon as Penelope saw the leash she got extremely excited ... and even licked the leash. 


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3 Aug

Mange Covered Puppy is Unrecognizable

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 (Guest post by Ben Kerns from

When Kristy was first pulled from an animal shelter by a rescue group, she had been homeless and suffered from a severe case of mange. Her skin was covered in pustules and she'd already lost so much hair, vets couldn't determine what breed of dog she was.

There seemed to be no hope of her being adopted, especially since the shelter didn't have the funds to get her the care she needed. Kristy was set to be euthanized when the folks at Vet Ranch Rescue, luckily, found her.

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29 Jul

Homeless Man Did The Most Amazing Thing Just To Keep His Dog Safe

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(Guest post by Anna Swartz from

Roger the dog and his human don't have a permanent place to live, so they spend their days out on the streets of Glendale, Arizona. The pavement can get dangerously hot in the summer, so Roger's dad sets aside any concern for himself and holds Roger in his arms all day, carrying him around just to keep his paws from getting hurt on the hot sidewalks.

Lisa Peterson walked by the two of them together and was struck by the love they shared β€” and by the heartbreaking image of a man without a home, carrying his dog in his arms all day just to keep him safe. So she decided to help.

Sooo..the homeless guy I met and fed the other day really needed some help. He was carrying his dog 24/7 because the...

Posted by Lisa Peterson on Monday, July 27, 2015

Lisa reached out to rescue group Helping Hands For Homeless Hounds, and when their volunteers met Roger and his dad, they knew they could help. Lisa wrote on her Facebook page that their volunteers "hooked him up with food, water, snacks, goodies and of course … a stroller. AND β€” he said YES to neutering his dog Roger."

While it may not be a permanent solution for Roger and his dad, having some snacks in his belly and a comfy place to sit all day will make things easier for Roger β€” and for the man who clearly loves him.

Most importantly, the two now have a community of dog lovers to help them out and keep an eye on them.

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22 Jul

Pit Bull With Severe Anxiety Finds Parents Who Totally Get It

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(Guest post by Caitlin Jill Anders from

A few weeks back I wrote about a 10-year-old pit bull named King. King has severe anxiety issues, and was having a ton of trouble getting adopted from Animal Haven, the shelter that had taken him in.

While at the shelter, King definitely had issues. All of the commotion and the other animals were making his anxiety more intense, and he almost always needed to have a toy in his mouth in order to feel safe.

980x-4Erin O'Sullivan

King had been at the shelter since December, and Erin O'Sullivan of Susie's Senior Dogs was pushing hard for him to get adopted. Susie's Senior Dogs is an organization that helps senior dogs find homes, and Erin, its founder, had taken a special interest in King. Erin made countless posts about King, hoping that the right person would see one and take a chance on him.

I had the pleasure of meeting King, and what I saw was an anxious dog who just needed to find a place he belonged in order to really find himself. That's all I wanted for King, all I wished for after every post Erin made. Almost a month after I wrote about King, everyone who has been rooting for him has finally seen all of our wishes come true.

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17 Jul

Pit Bull's New Family Celebrates as Abuser is Brought to Justice

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(Guest post by Anna Swartz from

Like many rescue dogs, Bella had a tough life before being saved and adopted by a new family. But last week her story came full circle, and Bella's new parents, along with her rescuers and her foster mom, were all in the courtroom to see her former abuser brought to justice. 

WARNING: Graphic image below

Lt. Misti Scaggs, with Palm Beach County Animal Care and Control, remembers the day Bella came into its care last June. Responding to an anonymous phone call, officers showed up at Bella's home in Delray Beach, Florida, to find a horrifically emaciated dog, so thin that all her ribs showed through her skin.

Palm Beach County Animal Care and Control

"On the day we brought her in, she weighed 23 pounds," Scaggs told The Dodo. "She couldn't walk; she had no energy."

Bella's former owner, Anthony T. Herring, who surrendered her willingly, claimed she was starving because she was infested with parasites.

While Bella did have hookworm, which was easily treated, she was clearly hungry and hadn't eaten in days. She gratefully accepted the wet food given to her at animal care and control.

Palm Beach County Animal Care and Control

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