The Pitbull is a terrier often referred to as an American Bulldog, Staffordshire Terrier, or Pitbull. The breed was originally developed as a fighting dog until these sports were banned. Except for illegal dog fighting, the pit bull now makes an excellent family companion.The physical characteristics of the Pitbull dog are distinctive with its square head and bulky body type. Dog lovers can attest to the fact that this feared breed is not deserving of the reputation it received over the years due to human mishandling and mistreatment.

Acknowledge Pitbull Awareness Month

The Young-Williams Animal Center in Knoxville, Tennessee is highlighting October as National PitBull Awareness Month with an adoption celebration. Janet Testerman, CEO of the organization, states that “The Pitbull is one of the most commonly misunderstood types of dogs at the shelter, which makes it tougher to find them homes. Under the care of responsible pet owners, pitties make great Pets.”

Facts about the Pitbull state that they often make excellent therapy dogs, are frequently used in search and rescue work, serve as bomb and narcotic sniffing dogs, make great family dogs with children, and they are not human aggressive. In families, the pitty is often referred to as the “nanny dog” for loving and protecting children within the home.

Some pitties have served as mascots. We can’t forget pit bull Sgt. Stubby for his role in saving his whole platoon in the service. And how about Pete in the Little Rascals? A friendly and loving pit bull pet. The breed is totally misunderstood and can make a perfect pet for the educated owner.

Pit bull adoptions at Young-Williams Animal Center

During October, the Young-Williams Animal Center created special promotions for the adoption of Pitbulls during the month. Features include lowered fees to $20, full exam for the dogs, vaccinations, spay or neuter procedures, microchipping and more. With each adoption, the organization is hoping to educate the public about the breed, its needs, and its actual characteristics.

CEO Testerman adds, “We hope that by offering these programs and services to improve the lives of these dogs, we can dispel myths and promote the truth about pit bulls. Our ultimate goal would be to see fewer pit bulls ending up in animal shelters.” The pit bull does not create its reputation but is the result of some poor ownership that creates that stigma.