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Pit Bulls and Parolees

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.

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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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22 Jul

Abandoned Dogs Wanted One Thing: To Stay Together

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(Guest post by Solon Kelleher from

A 7-month-old pit bull, Duke, and his Chihuahua sidekick, Gizmo, were each other's only friends when they lived together with a family. Now, after escaping death at a shelter, they won't have to be separated.

Just after the Fourth of July this year, Duke and Gizmo's family dropped both dogs off at San Bernardino City Animal Control (SBCAC), a kill shelter in California.

Duke appeared to be underfed and the family's son had cut Duke's ears. When SBCAC separated the dogs for medical examination, Duke didn't want to leave Gizmo's side. 

The shelter eventually split up Duke and Gizmo, dubbing Duke "rescue only," meaning he would be ineligible for direct adoption by a family. Gizmo, on the other hand, was kept away from Duke in a separate kennel, according to the Chicago Pets Examiner. With the unlikelihood that Duke would be rescued, the shelter scheduled his euthanization.

"Duke was thrown into an isolation kennel because he was trying to protect Gizmo. As Duke sits there cowering in a corner of a dark kennel, he can hear Gizmo crying all the way across the shelter, aching for the comfort of his friend,"the Chicago Pets Examiner reported.

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21 Jul

'Shelter Dogs are Dangerous' Story Gets Best Possible Response

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(Guest post by Caitlin Jill Anders from

There are a lot of opinions out there, and if someone comes out with one that isn't exactly, er, popular, you can be sure that people are going to take notice.

The Roanoke Times published an article saying that shelter dogs are dangerous — and obviously, people are a little ticked off.

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While the article mostly targets pit bulls — the author suggests they are bred to fight and therefore dangerous — it cautions against adopting any shelter dog. As we know, pit bulls are widely stereotyped, even though they have proved themselves to be one of the sweetest breeds ever. Pit bull owners know what they're really like. And yet, an estimated 70 percent of dogs in shelters are pit bulls, and they're also one of the most highly euthanized breeds — in 2014 they were named the most euthanized breed in shelters in Colorado. Articles like the one The Roanoke Times published aren't helping anything.

The article also calls out Best Friends Animal Society (BFAS) as being part of the problem of promoting "dangerous" dogs. Indeed, BFAS has a page completely dedicated to stopping breed discrimination, exactly as they should.

There are so many people living happily with rescue dogs, and they're getting tired of people giving those pets a bad rap — whether they be pit bulls or any other deserving dog in a shelter. Rescuing a dog is the best, most rewarding experience — and a whole bunch of people took to the Facebook comments section to prove it. Here are some reactions to The Roanoke Times article: 

"In other news, 5 million pit bulls did nothing but love their families today....."

"My rotten, vicious, mean, aggressive rescue...Karma" 

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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. 

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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.

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"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.

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13 Jul

Dog Terrified of Being Rescued Until She's Hugged for the First Time

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(Guest post by Caitlin Jill Anders from

For any animal, being rescued is probably a pretty scary thing at first.

A scared pup is forced to fend for herself for who knows how long, and then suddenly there are all these humans surrounding her and calling to her. The terrified dog has no idea what is happening and might be hesitant to trust anyone. It takes a lot of patience and love to finally convince a homeless dog that being rescued is the best thing in the whole world.

A rescue organization dealt with this very difficult situation recently after hearing about a homeless golden retriever that needed help, ABC News reported. The pup, eventually named Clarabelle, had been living on her own and needed to be rescued.

Hope For Paws searched for Clarabelle until rescuers were finally able to locate her. The commotion terrified the sweet pup, though, and she immediately hid where rescuers couldn't reach her.

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Rescuers had to crawl under a dumpster to try and lure Clarabelle out, but she was frozen in fear, and getting her out seemed almost impossible.

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10 Jul

Blind Dog Sees Family Again for the First Time After Surgery

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(Guest post by Anna Swartz from

Duffy the dog lost his eyesight after struggling with diabetes, which meant he could no longer see his beloved humans.

But amazingly, last June the rescue Irish Terrier had surgery to restore his sight ... and cameras caught the incredible moment that Duffy saw his family again for the first time after surgery.


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9 Jul

Missing Dog Walks 9 Days And 37 Miles, Right Through Her Doggy Door

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(Guest post by Anna Swartz from

Georgia, a bouncy, 8-year-old shar-pei mix, was out on a hike with her family when she ran off after a rabbit and disappeared into the Los Penasquitos Canyon Preserve outside of San Diego. Her desperate family searched for hours, but, when night fell, they had to drive home without her, the San Diego Union Tribunereports.

Heartbroken, Georgia's mom Kris Anderson returned to the park day after day to search for her beloved dog, but park rangers warned her that it was unlikely a dog could survive so many nights alone in the canyon.

Anderson began to lose hope. "I never thought I'd see her again, and she is really special to me," she told CBS8 San Diego.


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8 Jul

Abandoned Blind Terrier and His Seeing-Eye Dog Meet Their New Family

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(Guest post by Anna Swartz from

Glenn and Buzz, the blind terrier and his guide dog who made headlines last month after their adorable relationship went viral, have some happy news to share with their many fans: the two just went home with their brand new forever family.

The two older dudes, who are about 9 or 10 years old, were in the care of U.K. rescue organization Stray Aid. Glenn is completely blind and relies on Buzz to help him on walks, nudge him around furniture and lead him to their food and water dishes … so obviously the rescue group needed to find them a home together. 

After Buzz and Glenn's story went viral, the dynamic duo appeared in the news and on television both in the U.K. and abroad, and Stray Aid was flooded with offers from potential adopters.

"Many of you have contacted us asking for updates on whether the boys have been rehomed. We have received enquiries and offers from around the globe, including the U.S., Canada, South America and Europe! Your compassion is amazing," Stray Aid posted on its Facebook page in June.

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6 Jul

Woofstock: The Road to Puppy Bowl Gets Feet Moving and Tails Wagging

Two weeks ago, our team traveled to Chicago for the first ever Woofstock: Road to Puppy Bowl! Over 3,000 people attended the all-day festival celebrating pet adoptions and man’s best friend while enjoying live music and perfect weather.

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Woofstock: Road to Puppy Bowl was the grand finale for Road to Puppy Bowl, a series of fee-waived adoption events in 17 cities around the country. In just five months, we were able to help find forever homes to more than 2,000 animals! But the June 27th event wasn’t just about celebrating adoptions; it was also about finding families for even more pups. PAWS Chicago brought dogs along and 61 were adopted on-site.

Throughout the day, animal lovers joined our Animal Planet stars on stage to participate in trivia and compete in dog bone stacking and Chicago hot dog eating contests. Face painters gave dog and cat inspired makeovers while other activities were brought by our friends at the ASPCA, PAWS Chicago, DogVacay, and AT&T. Food trucks and a Lagunitas beer garden were also on-site serving up fresh grub and cold drinks. The fun wasn’t just for people, though. With obstacle courses, Puppy Bowl Kiss Cam, photo ops and dog treats, four legged friends had their share of excitement.

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3 Jul

Pit Bull Learns To Jump On The Bed, Has Best Time Ever

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(Guest post by Caitlin Jill Anders from

These two little girls were having a blast jumping all over the bed — and their sweet pit bull wanted to join in on the fun too!

"WOAH how did I just do that?!"

He was apprehensive at first, but his little humans got so excited when he started to jump, so what else could he do? He clearly loves his humans!

"Is this what I've been missing out on all this time?!"

Every time he stopped jumping, his girls cheered him on and he would start again. He loves making them smile, and these little girls are the ultimate cheerleaders!

"This is kind of scary but also fun? Fun scary? Is that a thing?"

He didn't want to jump too much while the girls were on the bed with him though — he'd rather they were safe and happy. Pit bulls are simply the best

You keep jumping on the bed, girls, and you, too, Mr. Pit Bull! After all, if the monkey's can do it, then so can the pit bulls!

Watch the whole video here!

 Want more pit bulls? Check out some highlights from season six of "Pit Bulls & Parolees!"







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