HugABull rescues and advocates for pit bulls, quite simply, because we are in love with this breed. Our dogs are athletic, fun-loving, intelligent and eager to please. They are obedience class stars, Rally-O competitors, agility stars, therapy dogs, activity partners and couch potatoes. They are our best friends.

Media sensationalism, irresponsible ownership, and irresponsible breeding have damaged this breed’s reputation, but for any “unstable” pit bull you may see in the headlines, there are hundreds of pit bulls who live as gentle family pets.

We rescue pit bulls because we love them, and because they need it more than any other breed. Consider the following:

Pit bulls experience the highest rates of abuse
The pit bulls tough reputation often draws the “wrong” kind of owners. Not surprisingly, these are the same individuals who beat, starve and neglect their animals, eventually abandoning them altogether. We also see cases where people are so convinced these animals are “monsters” that they abuse, poison, steal and even kill pit bulls that belong to others.

Almost every week we hear an abuse story that brings tears to our eyes. But even more amazing is the resiliency of this breed and how we’ve seen dogs that “bounce back” after being beaten, starved, locked away, and even set on fire – retaining their ability to love and trust unconditionally. It is truly a privilege to match these dogs with the homes they deserve.

Lowest adoption rate
Pit bulls have the lowest adoption rates of any breed of dog in the shelter system. A good portion of BC shelters still have an “automatic euthanasia” policy for pit bulls, although it is never advertised or admitted to. Where there is little shelter space, hostile attitudes, or Breed Specific Legislation, a shelter will choose not to “waste” its precious resources on less adoptable dogs.

Slowest adoption rate
Even for those lucky dogs that do go up for adoption, they still face the slowest adoption rates. Most people do not know the facts about the breed, and will avoid even the friendliest, best behaved pit bulls because of the misconceptions that exist. Some people love the breed but are concerned about the reactions of families, neighbours and community. Whatever the reason, we see pit bulls languishing in kennels while less stable/friendly/trained dogs of other breeds get adopted first.

Pit bulls do not kennel well
Pit bulls are extremely human oriented dogs – a working breed, bred to follow and please their owner. In a kennel environment surrounded by barking and stressed out dogs, with very little human contact, they suffer greatly. Some shut down and become depressed, despondent, and sick. Others become hyperactive. Either way, they become less adoptable and the shelter will ultimately consider putting them to sleep.

Every dog benefits from foster care, but with the many strikes against them, a homeless pit bull truly gets a new lease on life when it enters a program like ours.