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At SPBR, we value these underdogs -- lucky them!!

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Below are the stories of two groups of pups -- one from Ohio, and the other from North Carolina. What they both have in common is they had all the odds against them in surviving --

-- they were pit bull variants, they were brindle / black color, they were adolescent pups (not cutesy puppies) and they were in historically difficult regions that often euthanise all pit bulls that come in to their pounds -- in gas chambers.

Okay -- enough of the negative -- on to the positive -- !!


Mary writes -- "A momma pup and her 6 babies were found chained up in the back yard of a house in ohio . The owner was forced to surrender them as they were malnourished, filthy, and living chained in their own feces. They were taken to a kill shelter in Ohio at the young age of 8 weeks and their mother was euthanized. In an area of Ohio where pit bulls are banned, these little puppies had no shot of being adopted. Their only hope was to be rescued."

"A female shelter staff who has a soft spot for pits took them under her wing and promised them she would find a place for them. Unfortunately, it took 8 weeks for that to happen. During that time, they were never walked, taken out to play, or given much attention except for the nice girl at the shelter. But, help finally came! They were a day away from being euthanized when I read about them on the spbr website. Their pictures were posted and they looked like they really needed help."

"Two of the puppies were taken in by a Michigan rescue group. Four more needed foster. So, after a bunch of phone calls, I was on my way to Toledo , Ohio . My mom came along to help navigate the way and take care of the puppies. When we got there they were so happy, jumping all over us and showering us with kisses. I think they knew they would be safe from that point on."

"Max is the only male, and he is very playful and lovey. He gives lots of kisses!

Margie is mostly black with some white on her chest and very faint traces of brindle. A real sweetie. She's the quiet one of the group.

Fawn is brindle with white on her chest and GIGANTIC ears! She is the boss, very shy around men. She gives tons of kisses once she knows you.

Betty is the smallest of the bunch. She is all black with white on her chest. She is very dainty and sweet.

Hope this helps, Eric! Thanks again for all you do!



Now, a closer look...

Here are Mary and her boyfriend, this past weekend, helping load the babies up as they went to their spay / neuter surgeries --


North Carolina

Our journey with Kayda and her babies began mid-summer, when SPBR was fortunate enough to rescue momma Kayda and 3 of her babies. Kayda's other 7 babies were placed locally or given away -- :(

Shortly after the babies were placed, the Carolina rescuer called us -- two of Kayda's babies in Carolina were seized as part of a cruelty investigation, and they wanted to know if we could help.

Well, Joe in NC, from our forum, said, "Yes, sir!" and got little Sid (at left) and Iggy up North to safety.

Below is little Sid -- and while you say he might not look like an underdog, he really is. Look at his bodyshot, where the arrow is pointing.

His "family" in Carolina said they applied flea meds to his back, and he went out play. He came back with a 1/4" wide burn running down his entire back. Well, we don't know exactly what happened, but our super volunteer Jen, a vet tech, took this boy in, and he has been doing fantasic. Jen expects a full healing of his back, and for fur to grow over the scar!

We're extra proud to say that Iggy has now found his home in Upstate New York with two new siblings.

LOOK at the little bull terrier in Steph's arms -- sort of saying, "Oh MY -- I have a little BROTHER now??!!"

So, there you have it -- SPBR's underdogs --

-- pups we're proud of, and pups we're working on to find outstanding homes for.

As always, our rescue techniques don't follow conventional wisdom -- the costs associated with this group far outweigh the adoption fees we'll get -- that doesn't matter. Nor does the 10s of 20s of hours we've logged on our cars to rescue and vet these pups.

What matters, instead, is that we're doing good by these loving creatures -- helping them through a tough spot in their lives, and helping them get back those neglected days of their youth.

Well, from all our reports, these loves are taking in the lovin's 100% -- !!

What we at SPBR get back from these rescues is the chance to meet outstanding people like Mary, at right, a second grade teacher who has a busy schedule herself.

Mary took the time to stop and say, "Hey, these babies are special, and I don't want them to die in a gas chamber" and the rest is history!

So now, the next step is up to you. We're interested in the best of candidates for adoption, and if you're up to the challenge, 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 -- 3,300 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 $295 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 raw 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. Note, too, we have had a recent increase in adoption fees, due to increased veterinary surgery rates.

- 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.


Things I shy away from in an application:

- Youth -- sorry kids -- this is a living being, not an iPod!! Young peoples' lives change a lot, and the first thing to get dumped is usually the dog, whether it be on their parents, a friend, etc., who are oftentimes ill-equipped and disinterested in this four-legged life -- then, the dumping or neglect begins.
- Renters. I get calls all the time saying, "Please take my dog -- I moved in to an apartment that doesn't allow them." Ummm -- did you fall asleep in an apartment that allowed them, and then wake up at a new address, in an apartment that doesn't allow them? This isn't magic here -- it's responsibility, and dogs come first. Please don't lie on the application, either -- this will show up in the home-visit -- !!

- Multi-dog households. While I love having many pit bulls, quite a few people aren't ready for the commitment and responsibility it takes to sometimes crate their dogs, rotate them out of the crates and generally own them responsibly. When that happens, I get calls saying, "I have to get rid of one of my dogs ASAP." I can never understand why these people think their lack of planning is all of the sudden my emergency.

- Busy households. Sure, puppies are cute, and they're cuddly, and after they're bathed, they smell nice. But when they grow up in to dogs, and the busy household moves on to their new obsession, the dog, now needing obedience, love and affection, is dumped in the suburban sense. The dog may even live "out on the porch" -- people mention that to me like it's acceptable -- dogs are social beings, and will not flourish in situations of neglect!
- People that call me sounding like gangsters. It happens a lot -- and they never want a spayed or neutered dog. Sorry folks -- this is rescue, not a puppy mill, nor the "syndicate". Also, please don't bother me with requests for "papers" -- last time I checked, no people I knew had "papers", and that didn't make them any less a "person" -- !!