Visit any animal shelter, and it is likely that you will find kennel after kennel filled with Pit Bull Terriers. Dogs of this breed are often banned from apartment buildings, neighborhoods, cities, and states. These types of situations often force owners to give up their dogs to animal shelters and rescues. Other Pit Bulls enter animal shelters after being victims of neglect, horrific abuse, and abandonment.
Many Pits often wait longer to find homes than any other breed. People are often deterred by the dogs’ size and worry about possible behavioral issues and trainability of the breed. These apprehensions are typically founded on misconceptions created by the media.
Pit Bulls have gained an unfair reputation partly due to news and other media outlets that often portray them as being vicious and dangerous creatures. The breed is frequently associated with dog fighting and is depicted in magazines, commercials, and films as being a violent breed. Due to this and other factors animal shelters have a tough time finding homes for Pit bull Terriers.
The truth is that Pit Bulls are an amazing breed. Experts of the breed describe Pit bulls as being intelligent, extremely loyal, loving, and eager to please. Dr. Frank McMillan, the director of Well-Being studies at the Best Friends Animal Society in Utah, says that “of all dogs Pit bulls possess the single greatest ability to bond with people.”
Like dogs of any breed, with proper training, exercise, and socialization, Pit Bulls can make wonderful companions. The responsibility lies on the potential adopter to ensure that their home and lifestyle fits the needs of the dog they are looking to adopt.
The Pit bulls at LCHS in Allentown and Peaceable Kingdom in Whitehall are waiting for a forever home. These beautiful dogs deserve a home where they will be loved, cared for, and appreciated. Like all adoptable dogs at the shelter, they deserve a pet parent who will put genuine effort in providing proper veterinary care, exercise, training, and socialization. Most of all they deserve a loving home where they will be treasured for the rest of their lives.
Please view photos of the adorable Pities at LCHS and PK by clicking the following link: Petfinder
For more information on Pit bulls, Pet Adoption or Fostering, please visit the following websites:
- Peaceable Kingdom
- Lehigh County Humane Society
- Pit Bull: Dog Breed Info
- Pit Bulls.org
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Additional reference: Pitbull Temperament