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Marsbar is handsome with a cute name -- but he's in a bind...


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Dear Eric,

I was recently acquired a stray pit bull, now affectionately named Mars Bar, and I was weary at first due to the common misconceptions. But in a foot of snow the dog came happily running towards the woman who found him only to follow her to her car. It was 9 degrees out and very snowy. The little guy arrived at my house that night friendly as could be despite the bitter cold. I was a bit upset to get acquire another dog as I already have three young dogs who like to get into lots and lots of trouble.

The next morning I came to find him happy as could be to see me. I immediately took him to the three local shelters where I had gotten my previous dogs. He absolutely loved the car ride. They; however, do not accept pit bulls because in Ohio they are considered to be dangerous dogs. I was told to take him to the dog warden. Sadly, he was not micro chipped. I was all ready to hand him over and hope his owners got him back. Then I thought to asked if he would be euthanized. The lady looked at me and said he has four days to live and then he will be destroyed. All I could think is what if someone hadn't given my dogs a chance, how could I kill the dog that was licking my face the whole way to its death, and how could Ohio legislature let this happen. I decided to keep the dog a little longer.

In his second day at my house I have discovered he is very mellow he simply likes to cuddle and sleep. He hasn't shown any aggression towards anyone, any dog, or any possessive behaviors. He is well behaved. Unlike, my dogs he doesn't destroy any furniture or shoes. He has touched all of our hearts and I am fighting for him. I am asking your organization for help with placement. If you are unable to do this please at least provide me with some guidance, I am willing to do whatever it takes.

So here are the details:
1. Non neutered male
2. Approximately 1 year old
3. Appears to be a brindle Staffordshire Bull Terrier
4. Approximately 25-30 lbs and a little (5lbs)
5. Vaccine status and health conditions unknown, and his tail and ears have not been altered
6. The dog was found in Cleveland, OH he is currently located in my home in the same area
7. He is friendly and not aggressive with other dogs, I would guess he would be fine with cats but I am unsure
8. Appears to be about 80% housebroken, knows "no" and "paw" and enjoys car rides, lounging, and any food!!
9. Current "found" ad in the paper

I attached a photo of Mars as well.

Thank you for your time!!



Well, what an opportunity one has here for a GREAT PUP -- !!

Little Mars is obviously a peach of a boy, and he will be further evaluated upon his entry in to Rescue.

He will also be neutered, microchipped, wormed, vaccinated and examined by a veterinarian, which will include a heartworm test.

Now, the biggie is you -- the great home who wants an only dog with plenty of love and beauty to give.

If you're up for it, and if you want to change the tides for little Mars, fill out an adoption application above!



Things I like in an application:

- Applicants who join our pit bull forum, at There, you'll find a small army of pit bull lovers -- 2,750 at the present -- !! For you, the adopter, you can learn about canine diet, pit bull temperaments, multi-dog households, and you can meet a nice group of people. For us, the rescuers, we can see your baby as they grow with you, hearing your stories about them and seeing pictures you post of them in their news lives -- win-win, right??!!
PLEASE DON'T IGNORE THIS PRE-REQUISITE -- it means a lot to us here -- !!
- Adult adopters, ready to be adults. People aware of the responsibility of a puppy, and aware this puppy will become an a medium-sized dog, with its own temperament and personality. Adult adopters who are ready for a 15 year commitment. This puppy does not have a depreciating "useful life" that is over when it becomes an adult -- instead, this dog's whole life is useful -- !!
- Owners who are aware of and who respect the pit bull temperament. This means people who know you can't "love" dog aggression out of their dogs -- instead, owners who are RESPONSIBLE with their pups -- crating them when unattended, supervising them with children, never leaving them outside unattended, and those who are ready for licks and lovin' in return! For more on dog aggression, click here.
- Adopters who treat their newest addition like a member of the family, realizing that this isn't a "dog in the box" and that its little life must be encouraged to go the right path and that obedience, socialization and training will get her there -- !!

- Financial commitment. Adopters willing to spend money on their new investment, including premium foods (like Candidae, Wellness, Nutro or raw food), plus adopters who will invest in pet insurance or a "dog fund", lest vetting be required, which may get expensive.

The adoption fee is $275 per dog. This is reasonable, considering the premium services that each pup gets. Each dog, before placement, is examined by a licensed veterinarian, spayed or neutered, wormed with premium wormer, given vaccinations on a regular basis (not just a one-shot deal), microchipped with a premium Home Again chip (made by Schering -Plough), fed premium puppy food (not 'Ol Roy, or some other filler-laden junk) and has spent it's puppy fosterhood in a wonderful, attentive, CLEAN environment. There are 4-5 homes fostering these babies, and that is a LOT of logistics, driving, CARE, etc. -- but it's entirely worth it! Also, each puppy is accompanied by a personal home visit to YOUR home at placement, to ensure they're going to have the life of a king or queen -- !! If the home visit doesn't pass, puppy doesn't stay. This isn't some parking-lot-of-a-pet-store adoption scheme, instead, it's the highest-quality service I can provide for these young souls, as they journey off in to their lives.

- Smart and informed adopters, who research this breed and who realize that these pups are not for everyone. Pit bull temperament can be Googled, and a great start can be found here.