By Macy Jenkins

SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — Bradshaw Animal Shelter is desperately trying to find homes for nearly 200 dogs. But 60 percent of them are pit bulls, a breed that’s a difficult sell to many prospective dog owners.

“It doesn’t matter what time of the year it is, we see more pit bulls than we do of any other breed,” said Janna Haynes, a spokesperson for Bradshaw Animal Shelter.

The shelter is packed to the brim with dogs forced to share crates. But the big problem is that too many people looking for dogs hear the words “pit bull” and run the other way.

“They think they’re mean, they think they may be aggressive!” said Dawn Capp, the director of Chako Pit Bull Rescue. “The biggest hurdle in getting pit bulls adopted is the stigma.”

That includes parents worried about their small children near the dogs and apartment buildings that ban the breed. But Capp says the best way to move past it is to spend one-on-one time with the dog.

“And they realize all those ideas they had about pit bulls turn out to be not so true!” she told CBS13.

Haynes says the shelter’s high pit bull numbers are partially due to irresponsible owners.

“The breed, in general, is overbred,” she said. “They’re under-spayed or neutered!”

But another factor is the shift towards choosing medical rehabilitation over putting dogs to sleep.

“We’re saving more lives than ever, but that means there are more lives than ever waiting to be adopted,” Haynes said.

She’s determined to keep training the outside eye to see what pit bulls really have to offer on the inside.

“We really encourage people to look at the personality of the dog, not the breed and see what the right fit is for your family,” she told CBS13.

For anyone who has concerns about adopting a pit bull or any dog, you do have the option to foster the animal for a trial period.

Comments (6)
  1. Harve Morgan says:

    Her advice is to spend one on one time with a pit? How utterly ridiculous. Her purpose was stated in the first paragraph. They want to move out those 60% pit bulls. They will tell you any story to do that. Pits are mauling and killing unlike any other breed in history, that is all you need to know about them. Last year, pit types killed a person on average every 11 days. Maulings are daily, loss of limbs common with these maulings. Beloved pets are mauled and killed everyday multiple attacks by pit bulls. Pits were bred for instant aggression, they aren’t vicious 24/7. Too many people have learned that pits are deceiving, liars. Don’t put your family or community in jeopardy so a shelter can clear their kennels. Research the breed. Designed specifically and selectively for a purpose, like other breeds, and that purpose is to kill things.

  2. Dennis Baker says:

    They should concentrate more on severe and fatal pit bull attacks and less on “peoples feelings”.

  3. scolbydoo says:

    None of these pit bull inundated shelters will ever “get back to normal” until they stop all of their ridiculous lies about the breed’s suitability as a family pet. Lies that encompass complete obfuscation of genetics — complete denial of the breed’s high energy, tendency to climb/destroy fencing and containment materials, insanely high prey drive and animal aggression– remaining reticent to even acknowledge the fighting breed’s inherent stocky, muscular build, superior strength & unusually large jaw designed for holding, gripping and killing animals. Bottom line is most people do not want to risk owning a fighting breed of dog–they never did and never will–maybe if shelters told the truth about pibs people would stop breeding them.

  4. Shelters need to quit lying to the public about this breed. Let owners make an educated decision. Support mandatory spay and neuter and outlaw breeding.

  5. Maybe people “run the other way” because they have done their homework and have decided to not adopt a dog that could kill their kid.

  6. Lynne Smith says:

    The shelter admits these dogs are overbred and there is low demand. So it should start doing the rational thing: demand laws that mandate pit bulls be spayed and neutered. Then they won’t have to worry about trying to convince people to take these dogs – which is not going to happen anyway. There will simply be less pit bulls coming in to the shelter and less that need adoption.

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