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26 Nov

How Rosie Got Her Fur (and Groove) Back

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(Guest post by Christian Cotroneo from

Of all the things Rosie lost in her short life, fur may have been the least of her worries.

She had, after all, been abandoned and left to the grim reality of Miami-Dade Animal Services.

But a dog without fur — she suffered from a non-contagious form of mange — is not the stuff adoption dreams are made of. In fact, it may have sealed her fate in a place where unwanted dogs are dropped off by the dozen — and the end of a needle isn't too far away.

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In spite of the staggering odds against her, Rosie managed to get her groove back. And, indeed, her fur. It began with an intervention from Big Hearts for Big Dogs Rescue, a Florida-based rescue organization that steps in for what are seen as "no-chance" dogs.

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19 Nov

They Thought He was Dead, Then They Saw Him on TV

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(Guest post by Hudson Hongo from

Never underestimate an animal's will to survive.

Almost a month after losing their 5-year-old pit bull in a house fire, one couple was shocked to see their dog was alive — and on the local news.

The dog, renamed Gage by the Humane Society of Southern Mississippi (HSSM), was picked up by animal control on Oct. 27 with painful third-degree burns that made it difficult for him to move.

Humane Society of South Mississippi

"When we received Gage he had what appeared to be days old burns over 60 percent of his body," the HSSM's Maren Slay told WLOX. "And in the beginning it was very severe. We really weren't sure if he was going to make it or not."

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14 Nov

Patient Pit Bull Has Been Waiting 452 Days to Find a Home

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Staff at the Humane Society of Tinton Falls can't understand why Baby Girl hasn't found a home yet — she's a sweet, "mellow" pit bull with an adorable smile, and she's been at the shelter for 452 days and counting, the longest of any dog there.

Baby Girl arrived last summer, after her owners were evicted from their home and couldn't keep caring for her. Now, the 8-year-old pittie mix has all but given up on having a family again. Shelter staff told The Dodo that she thinks the New Jersey shelter is her home now. 


"She sees the staff and volunteers as her owners, so when people see her she isn't all over them, she's kind of aloof," one of Baby Girl's caretakers at the shelter told The Dodo. "She thinks she's outside to do her business, because that's her routine for so long. She's essentially sort of become institutionalized. It's sad." 


Week after week goes by without any potential adopters coming by to meet Baby Girl. Despite everything she's got going for her, no one seems interested in taking her home.

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21 Oct

Emaciated Pit Bulls are Finally Learning to Play

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(Guest post by Anna Swartz from

Three starving pitties are safe now, and finally getting the care they need, all because a neighbor did the right thing and called to report animal abuse.

Jessamine County Animal Control investigated a home in Nicholasville, Kentucky, after a concerned local called to report a starving dog chained to a fence. When officers arrived, they found three emaciated pit bulls in desperate need of help.

The dogs, two of whom are only a year old, were immediately taken into custody by animal control. Frank Ruggiero, the Animal Care and Control shelter manager, told local outlet WKYT that he will "ask the county attorney to charge the owner with second-degree animal cruelty."

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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.

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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.❤💛💚 (@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.❤💛💚 (@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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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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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 — 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 — 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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