Are You Ready to Rescue a Pit Bull?

Friday, July 15, 2011 - 3:30pm

Think it's easy being a Pit? Not always. Pit Bulls are easily the most misunderstood and mistreated breed of dog. At many city shelters, they make up the majority of the canine residents—and often through no fault of their own.

Pits have a reputation for being vicious, and often fall into the wrong home environment because of it. When they don’t live up to their bad rap, many are dumped at the shelter. Despite their unfair reputation, Pit Bulls make very sweet and loyal family dogs. If you’re considering rescuing a Pit, here are some useful guidelines:

  • Train with love. All Pit Bull puppies and adults need gentle, consistent training. Pit Bulls may look tough on the outside, but they’re often extremely sensitive. Harsh training techniques are not appropriate or necessary.
  • Consider adopting an older Pit Bull. With an adult dog, what you see is what you get. Their personality is already developed, and you'll be able to spot the characteristics you're looking for much more easily than with a puppy.
  • Please Spay or Neuter. Pit Bulls should be neutered or spayed. In addition to the health and behavioral benefits, neutering or spaying helps reduce the number of unwanted Pit Bulls who end up in shelters.

Take Action
Be a Pit Bull ambassador—if you’re the proud parent of a Pit, please share your story in the comments section! For more information on adopting this special breed, visit our Ten Tips for Adopting a Pit Bull.

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I have a four year old pitbull named Max. I find it very funny when we walk down the street and people will actually cross to the other side to avoid us. I have had Max since he was 8 weeks old and he doesn't think he is a dog. Most everyone in my neighborhood knows and loves him. Most were afraid of him at first but soon discovered it's not the breed that is bad it's bad owners! Max is always excited to meet people and be petted the only thing to be afraid of from him is a big sloppy kiss.Please don't be afraid of discount the breed because of ignorance! We have had our growing pains IE eating furniture when he was a puppy but we worked together and solved this problem. Understand the breed and not the stigma. They very intellegent dogs a bit stubborn at times and very gentle and loving when given the time and raised properly.