Wake County Animal Center Encourages Pit Bull Adoption Through Special Campaign

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 the pit bull-type dogs currently living at the shelter. There are 43 dogs waiting to go home forever. All October, you can adopt them for just $25, a nice discount from the usual $95 adoption fee.

“Pit bulls are perhaps the most misunderstood dogs, surrounded by negative stereotypes and misperceptions,” said Wake County Commissioner Vickie Adamson. “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. Not only is this wrong, but it causes a lot of trouble for pit bulls and pit bull owners. They have the same potential for friendliness as a Golden Retriever or a Labrador and make wonderful working and companion dogs. They can be affectionate pets for children, adults, and everyone in between.

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 formal 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 herself, all adopted from the shelter.

“I spend a lot of time every day with my dogs, it’s always a joy,” said Dr. Federico, “They have feelings, emotions of their own, and they make us better people in the end because they will love you no matter what. They get excited when you come home, and they don’t care if it’s every thirty 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 come see the adorable faces for yourself! The shelter is open for adoptions daily from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m., seven days a week. It is located 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