Pit Bull Terrier Initiatives


One of Best Friends primary initiatives is focused on pit bull terrier dogs. Pit bulls and pit bull mixes are the dogs most at risk of being killed in animal shelters around the country because of the sheer number of them and the negative stigma surrounding them. Best Friends is committed to pitbull protection and changing the damaging public perception of pit bulls, who were once considered great family dogs.

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All Dogs are Individuals

Eighty-four percent of Americans believe citizens should be allowed to have any breed of dog they choose*, and we agree!

Why? Because legislation targeting dogs by breed—instead of careless owners—has proved ineffective. Not only do such laws infringe on basic rights, they fail to enhance public safety for people and pets.

As of 2014, 19 states have provisions against breed-discriminatory legislation, and we’re working to increase that number.

Simply put, we want to ensure that pet lovers can make any dog they love a part of their family, no matter the dog’s breed.

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*National survey commissioned by Best Friends and conducted by Luntz Global