By Kent Pinkerton
Pit Bulls are the most preferred dog in America, in spite of the bad press they’ve been receiving lately due to the aggressive nature of some of their clan. Pit Bulls are dogs that know and understand love. So, if you can provide affection to your pet, then a Pit Bull can make a fine companion.
Pit Bulls can be purchased from breeders as well as rescue shelters. It is infinitely better to adopt a rescue dog. Dogs in rescue shelters are taken from the streets where they’ve been abandoned by heartless owners, or from people who have become too occupied to care for their dogs.
There are Pit Bulls who are being put to sleep just because some of their species have been involved in violent incidents. Rescue shelters also save dogs from such euthanasia and house them until some affectionate owner adopts them.
There are several missions that provide rescue dogs for adoption. They operate mostly via the Internet. Some of the prominent ones are Pit Bull Rescue Central, Bay Area Dog-lovers Responsible About Pit Bulls (BADRAP), Pit Bull Project, etc. These organizations advertise their Pit Bulls online along with whatever information they might have of their past histories and their traits. These Pit Bulls are spayed or neutered, either by the organizations themselves or by the people who turn them in to these rescue shelters. People adopting Pit Bulls from such shelters pay less than they would at a breeder’s. An adult Pit Bull may be adopted for as less as $150, with papers.
It is much better to adopt an adult Pit Bull than a puppy. Though puppies may be cute to look at, they are very temperamental. They may not respond to training. Puppies are also instinctively destructive and may be difficult when their teething period sets in. any they may be dangerous around children. On the other hand, adult Pit Bulls that are adopted have tendencies to be more docile and responsive to training. It is important to remember while adopting a Pit Bull that it is the behavior of the Pit Bull that matters, not its looks. You should adopt a Pit Bull that may be suitable to your lifestyle. There are Pit Bulls that are laidback or aggressive, outgoing or homebound, etc.
Pit Bulls can also be adopted from their owners directly without the intervention of rescue shelters. However this is risky, as the owners may hide some features of their pet and exaggerate some others. Whether you opt for adopting a Pit Bull from a rescue shelter or an owner, it is necessary to ask for the requisite papers.
Finally, adopting a Pit Bull is a service to their community. It is like saving a life. Adopted Pit Bulls are much more loyal and they would look upon you as their hero who rescued them from the clutches of death.
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