Save a Life, Adopt a Dog

“What a good doggie you are, you always let us know when you need to go out!””

This is just one of the reasons busy people should consider adopting a pet from their local shelters instead of buying from pet stores. It takes a long time- with a lot of patience and consistency- to get your dog trained properly.

Other Reasons to Adopt

What other reasons would someone want to adopt for?

They’re giving up that little bundle of fur that is so cute in the store, but he may be more trouble then you are expecting once you get home?

The only thing I can think of that is on the down side of adopting is the fact you more than likely wouldn’t be getting a “puppy” or “kitten”.

Shelters Have Puppies, Too

Shelters, at times though, DO have litters of animals that need to be adopted out or someone’s pet has babies and family can’t afford to keep them and hand them over to a shelter. Are they purebred? Not usually. Will they love you as much as an expensive store bought animal? Absolutely.

Opening Up a Space

As I am thinking of good reasons to adopt an animal… there is an obvious fact that crosses my mind. And, the fact is that you would be saving a pets life.

There are few no kill shelters, as they fill up the long term animals that haven’t been adopted have to be euthanized to make room for more to come in. So not only are you saving one pets life you are saving two by making room for another pet to be sheltered.

A Certain Dog in Mind

Depending on you and your family, you may have a certain kind of dog in mind.

Is it for companionship, for protection or just to add joy to the family?

Shelters usually have many different breeds at one time and some will even give you a call if you are looking for a certain breed if one happens to come in. If you want to just check them out and see what is available, most shelters will take a dog out to play area and let you interact with it to see if you are interested and if the dog likes you.

You are able to see their personality, how they act with your children, or with another pet. If you are older you might just need a low key pet but find one you like really wouldn’t work because of the energy they have. It is a good time to see if you and the pet would connect personalities.

When you’re adopting from a shelter, you can rest at ease knowing your dog will already be spayed/neutered, vetted, and often microchipped. Pet store dogs don’t offer this. The vetting is your responsibility.

And, there could be more veterinary costs than you think… because most of the puppies found in pet stores are straight from the puppy mill.

On top of these points, if you watch your local shelters, most will have specials throughout the year.

Saving a Dog is a Wonderful Feeling

Adopting a pet is a wonderful feeling as the pet picks you just as much as you pick them!

Be a hero not just to your family but to a loyal companion who will love you until the end.

MY HERO SAVED ME; WILL YOU BE A HERO TOO? (Pictured: Smokie, my rescued Pit)


Meet the Pit, First.

October 28 is Pit Bull Awareness Day* • Pit Bull Love is Every Day! 😉 This is not the first year I post about pitties [read an older post about the breed here]. It is however the first year I’m doing a post about them being a proud owner of one. Most of you already […]

via Pitbull Awareness Day — Marina Kanavaki

Do You Love a Pitbull?

According to the American Temperament Test Society, Pitbulls rank among the top breeds, but they’re still facing bans in the United States, and around the world. Even in areas where there’s no ban, most are euthanized before even being provided the chance to be adopted. If you love a Pit, please share this video to spread awareness.

Susie’s Hope: The Full Movie

If you’ve never seen Susie’s Hope, it’s a must-watch. The movie is based on a true story, and there aren’t any details left out! Watch as you meet Donna, someone who was once against Pitbulls due an attack, now advocate for the Pit since rescuing a severely abused Pit, Susie.

You may have heard of Susie’s Law, a law that resulted in animal abusers facing harsher charges. Before Susie, dogs were viewed solely as property in the eyes of the law. Susie changed everything. Watch the movie now here.

October: Pit Bull Awareness Month

Did you know October is Pit Bull Awareness month? National Pit Bull Awareness month was ‘coined’ in 2007 to raise awareness for the breed.

Some people, when they think of the Pit, think of the most adorable, cuddly doggies.

Others immediately think about what they see on the media. The media focuses on this breed as a ‘bad breed,’ but this couldn’t be farther from the truth.

Pit Bulls at Work

Pit Bulls, due to their high level of loyalty, have been and are still used in a number of fields including:

  • As K9’s in law enforcement
  • Therapy dogs
  • Military working dogs
  • Service dogs

Pit Bulls at Home

Ask nearly any Pit guardian and they will tell you, their Pit is a part of their family. Not only are they a part of the family, they are a favorite breed for many. When raised properly, this breed can be the most incredible family companion.

We will discuss Pit Bull misconceptions in a different article, as it can become quite lengthy. 

Tell Us Your Story

Tell us about your Pit in the comments section below. We would love to hear from you!

Only 1 in 600 Pits Find a Home

NOTE: The following article was taken from To view the original content, please visit Amber L. Drake’s website.

Breed Profile: Pit Bull

  • Terrier Dogs group

  • 30 to 90 pounds

  • Average life span of 12 years

The Pit is known to be an extremely affectionate and loyal breed. The Pit is not a naturally aggressive breed; however, they do have a high prey drive. This essentially means they must remain entertained in some manner to prevent behavioral problems. The type of early socialization they have is also critical within this breed.

 As far as being a guard dog, if you are looking for a guard dog this is not the breed for you. The socialized Pit is known to welcome strangers and seek attention. They are extremely affectionate toward everyone.

 As Cesar Millan states,

 “go beyond the stereotype and you’ll discover a smart, calm, and loving companion, just as I did 20 years ago.”



  • In large cities, shelter populations range from 35%-65% Pit.

  • Of this number, about 75% of these Pit Bulls are euthanized upon entry without being provided the opportunity for a chance at adoption.

  • Many of the Pit Bulls which are offered for adoption are often euthanized as well if a home is not found in a certain range of time.

  • According to research, approximately 2,800 Pits per day are ‘put to sleep.’

  • Only one in 600 Pits ever find a home!

The #1 Dog Being Bred in America

 There is a negative stigma attached to the Pit. Due to this negative perception, there are an increasing number of Pit Bull dogs in rescue and shelter organizations. Those who rent experience difficulty finding a home or apartment which will allow a Pit; and those who own homes (due to raised homeowner’s insurance policy cost) are reluctant to adopt a Pit as well. With the negative stigma and population of the Pit increasing, this breed is in serious trouble!

Even the Most Severe Cases Are Loving

 For those of you considering Pit adoption, if you are worried about the Pit having an unknown or abusive history, allow me to put your mind at ease and inform you even the most severe cases can be worked with and many dogs are happy to be in a loving, comfortable home. Each dog, regardless of the breed, should have a behavioral assessment conducted to determine what type of behavior issues they experience. A large number of Pit Bulls have been abused, neglected and/or used as fighters or bait.

 Even those who have a heartbreaking history can be adopted and be happy and healthy (NOTE: Behavioral assessment is CRITICAL on every dog to ensure a proper fit for your family, regardless of breed. If the dog is not yet adoptable, send him to a professional for rehabilitation).

 Any breed, if not cared for properly, can develop behavior problems:

 The Pit has a poor reputation due the owners’ associated with the Pit. As you know, the Pit is commonly utilized in fighting rings due to their extreme determination to please their owner, their strength and their appearance. A dog of this size with this determination has the capability of doing significant damage if placed in the wrong hands. The Pit Bull, as stated previously, is not naturally aggressive. The American Temperament Test Society tests dog breeds around the country and found the Pit to be one of the five most stable breeds in the country!

 Cesar Milan, and I quote, stated:

 “It is the Terrier determination that causes problems if they fight, because they’ll be oblivious to pain and just refuse to quit. As responsible owners, we should make sure to redirect those traits in healthy ways. Give a pit a job to do and he will use that same determination. These are strong dogs who need exercise.” 

Susie’s Story

I would like to share a story which introduced Susie’s Law to our legal system. The story begins when a woman named Donna witnessed animal abuse in her own neighborhood. Over the course of a five-year period, a Pit was chained to a tree, left unfed and without water, in the weather. Donna wanted to care for the dog and began providing him with food and water every morning while the owners were not home. The abused dog, due to his treatment, displayed fear-related aggression and territorial aggression. One day as she was caring for him, he attacked her resulting in life-threatening injuries. She left the hospital with 45 stitches, required multiple medical treatments and lost her ability to carry children. At this point in her life, the negative stigma of the Pit was in her mind.

Then, one day as she was walking the park, she found a puppy near death. The puppy turned out to be an eight-week old pit bull mix. The puppy was struggling for her life as she had been beaten, set on fire and left to die. She had third- degree burns and her ears were nearly gone. Her body was also filled with maggots leaving Donna to believe the puppy had died. Donna rushed the puppy to the veterinarian who gave her the option to put the puppy down. She decided not to put her down and the puppy, now named Susie, went through intensive, daily medical treatments (cost: $17,000+ in treatments). After two months of treatments, she began to act like a normal, playful puppy. At three months old, once reluctant Donna, adopted Susie. Susie is now trained as a therapy dog to work with burn victims.

 Donna is now an advocate for the Pit breed and continues to educate all people regarding the love and extreme bond she has with Susie. Keep in mind, she had been attacked by a Pit with aggression and also had a negative perception of the Pit to begin with… but has seen the amazing love a Pit can provide when cared for properly and provided with a loving environment. Even with the horrible events Susie had experienced, Susie has never exhibited any type of negative behavior toward Donna or those treating her.

Susie’s Law

Many dog lovers will remember seeing ‘Susie’s Law’ in the news which developed stricter punishments for those who have abused animals. Susie’s Law was enacted due to this once little pit puppy. Three months after Susie was found, the abuser was arrested. Donna did not feel justice was served to this abuser as he only received a five-month probation sentence for the abuse (Class I felony). Susie’s Law has changed animal abuse in North Carolina to a Class H felony. A Class H felony means an animal abuser may now receive a prison sentence.


 Prior to adopting any dog, regardless of their breed, request details regarding their behavior. Questions you may ask include:

  • Has this dog displayed any type of aggression? Aggression does not automatically mean the dog is ‘bad’ but you should be aware of any type of aggression whether the aggression be fear-elicited, territorial, dog-to-dog, etc.

  • What is this dog’s history?

  • Why was this dog rescued?

This is particularly critical in homes with small children. You should consult with a professional behaviorist for a behavior analysis if an analysis has not yet been conducted.

Gallery and Contact Information:

Please browse the gallery on to see photographs of Pit Bulls with their families.


“We are happy to help you decide if adopting a Pit is right for your family. If you are considering adopting a Pit and would like further discussion, please use the contact page to ask any questions you may have.” -Amber L. Drake