Recently a friend expresssed the concern to me that a lot of people are unaware of the frequent discrimination of animals that fall into the "banned breed" category. I completely agree with her that this needs to be brought out into the spotlight so here is a little information on the "banned breed" and some explanations as to why they should not be discriminated against when it comes to adoption.
It is important to note that ANY dog of ANY breed will act accordingly to the way they were brought up and the experiences that they had during that time. If a dog is treated with kindness and all of the needs a dog requires are met, they are likely to be of a gentle and loving nature like any other dog would be. But when an animal is put through abuse and horrific situations they are likely to have their guard up. They will be afraid and their instincts will tell them "protect yourself". It is only natural not only in animals but in humans as well. Don't you think back on things you have gone through in your past? Do you think about all of the cautions you have to take to protect yourself from that situation happening again? Humans often put their guard up or block out traumatic events that happened in their lives and animals will do the same no matter what breed they are born into. This is what I am trying to stress to my own community and to everyone on the internet!
Not to get off topic but this subject brings to mind Oreo's law. A female pitbull who was abused repeatedly and eventually thrown off the top of a building by her heartless owner. She survived with two shattered legs and some broken ribs, but she also survived with a fear of humans and the natural reaction that she had to protect herself from all. She was taken in by the ASPCA who nursed her back to health but shortly after they euthanized her despite requests from shelters who offered to take her in and guaranteed her lifetime care. Their reasons for killing Oreo was that she was too aggressive and could not be trusted around humans or other animals. Oreo's law says that the ASPCA is forbidden to put any animal to death if a request to take them in is made by a rescue shelter. The rescue shelter realized that what she went through for her entire life caused her to be aggressive while it doesnt look like the ASPCA took that into consideration...
This is a solid example of how a dog will react to the way they have been treated. Please if you go to a shelter to adopt an animal don't skip the kennel with the pitbull inside. They will be as loyal and loving as any other animal at that shelter as long as they have been cared for properly by the shelter and their history before entering the shelter is not horrendous. Check with the administrators of the shelter about the animal's background as a precaution. These loving animals need homes just as much as the other breeds of dogs who end up in shelters. Don't discriminate by appearance or breed!
here is a list of heroic pitbulls that have made a difference in communities everywhere and have changed the stereotype that humans have placed upon their breed :)
Thank you for reading and please recommend this to your friends!