Animal center encourages adoption of pit bulls with special campaign

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As part of National Pit Bull Awareness Month, the Wake County Animal Center is hosting a special adoption campaign in October to find homes for pit bull-type dogs currently living at the shelter, according to a news release. There are 43 dogs waiting for their forever home.

In October, people can adopt a pit sweater for just $25; the usual adoption fee is $95.

“Pit bulls may be the most misunderstood dogs, surrounded by negative stereotypes and misperceptions,” Wake County Commissioner Vickie Adamson said in a statement. “The reality is that pit bulls are just about the friendliest dogs around. They are among the most tolerant dogs tested by the American Temperament Test Society. They are sweet as pie when loved and cared for. .

Due to a history in the UK during the 1800s where they were bred to fight bulls and bears for entertainment, pit bulls are often thought to be born inherently aggressive, the statement said.

“Not only is this wrong, but it causes a lot of hardship for pit bulls and pit bull owners. They have the same potential for cuteness as a Golden Retriever or a Labrador and make wonderful working and care dogs. They can be loving pets for children, adults and everyone in between,” the statement read.

Today, the label “pit bull” has become an umbrella term used to loosely describe a type of dog based solely on its physical appearance. While the American Pit Bull Terrier is the only official breed with the term “pit bull” in its name, there are four breeds that are commonly included in the modern pit bull type category – the American Pit Bull Terrier, the American Staffordshire Terrier, Staffordshire Bull Terrier and American Bully.

Dr. Jennifer Federico, director of the Wake County Animal Center, has four pit bulls of her own, all adopted from the shelter.

“I spend a lot of time every day with my dogs, it’s always a joy,” Federico said. “They have feelings, emotions of their own, and they make us better people in the end because they’ll love you no matter what. They’re excited when you come home, and they don’t care if it’s every 30 minutes — it’ll be the same excitement. I’m lucky to have them. »

All animals adopted from the center are neutered or neutered and microchipped before returning home to their new families.

Ready to adopt? Check out our adoption gallery or visit. The shelter is open for adoptions daily from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m., seven days a week. It’s at 820 Beacon Lake Drive, near the intersection of I-440 and New Bern Ave. in Raleigh.

The Wake County Animal Center is the only open-admission shelter in Wake County that never refuses animals, including strays, strays, and abandoned animals. The shelter treats and rehouses thousands of homeless animals each year.

Benjamin M. Yerger