Allie the Adorable Pit Bull Mama

As a volunteer at Last Hope Animal Rescue, it’s hard not to fall in love with every dog that comes through those doors. Of course, any dog with a pitty face makes my heart melt. Each month, Last Hope selects a ‘pet of the month’. This month’s special pup is Allie, a sweet pit bull mama who just wants to play and be loved. She came into the shelter’s hands in October of last year, with a litter of 7 ridiculously cute puppies (who have all since been adopted).

Allie the Pit Bull

Hi there – I’m Allie - a friendly and happy Pit Bull. I’ve had a pretty tough start…I was picked up by the Town of Hempstead as a stray wandering the streets while I was pregnant with my puppies…and I’m only 2 years old! Our foster mom took wonderful care of me and all 7 of my puppies but now I am really looking forward to finding a home where I can relax and live a nice peaceful life with a family who will love me forever!

If you know of anyone who may have a spot in a forever home for Allie girl, get in touch with Last Hope and bring her home!

Fresno Bully Rescue & RIC Join Forces to Raise Funds for Bully Breeds

Fresno Bully Rescue

Attention bully breed lovers! Check out Fresno Bully Rescue, an organization dedicated to rescuing bully breed dogs. Based out of Fresno, CA, FBR has rescued over 500 dogs since its founding in May of 2008. They currently house and shelter over 40 dogs at any given time. Many of these dogs were designated to be euthanized. Here is their mission statement:

FBR’s job is to provide a healthy and loving temporary home while we look for forever homes for our bullies. In addition, FBR is committed to promoting responsible ownership of bully breeds, fighting against breed discrimination, spaying and neutering pets, reporting dog fighting, and demonstrating to the community that bully breeds are loyal, loving, and wonderful forever companions.

RIC by SL is donating $2 to FBR for every shirt sold using coupon code FRESNO5. As an added bonus, you will also receive 5% off your order! AND a portion of the proceeds also goes to the Humane Society of the US. Spread the Bully Breed Love!

Don’t forget to ‘Like’ Fresno Bully Rescue on Facebook!

Missing Pit Mix Coming Home for Christmas After 8 Years

Petunia the Pit Mix Reunited with Family After 8 Years
Petunia (source)

Petunia, a staffordshire terrier mix, ran away from her family farm in Virginia on the Saturday after Thanksgiving in 2003. After an extensive search by her owners, it was presumed that she had not survived.

That is, until she was found in California this past Wednesday. She was brought to the Yuba County Animal Care Services Shelter, where they used her microchip to determine who her original owners were. Somehow, this pup had made it cross-country over 8 years, and survived!

Petunia will be reunited with her family in time for Christmas. Talk about a holiday miracle! This makes my heart warm :)

Shelter Dog Photography by Susan Sabo

There are quite a few dog lovers on Etsy, and every once in a while you come across a talented artist who incorporates their passion for animals into their work. Its no wonder that these are my favorite Etsy shops!

Susan Sabo is an environmental and animal photographer. What caught my eye in her shop were her unique shots of shelter dogs. These stunning photos are eye-opening and inspiring. The best part is, she donates a portion of her sales to various rescue associations; some small and independent, like her local shelter, and some larger ones, like The Humane Society of the United States.

She also volunteers her time and services to shelters, and even donates sessions and prints for fundraisers.

Here are a few of her beautiful shots:

Susan Sabo Photography
Windows to the Soul

Susan Sabo Photography
Shelter Dogs, No. 30

Susan Sabo Photography
Shelter Dogs, No. 11

Susan Sabo Photography
Shelter Dogs, No. 5

Susan Sabo Photography
Shelter Dogs, No. 34

Susan Sabo Photography
Brainiac

You can purchase her shots at susansabophotography.etsy.com.

You can also find her on Facebook at facebook.com/susansabophotography.

Harper the Pit Bull Puppy & Dolly’s Foundation

I always have the Today Show on in the morning as background noise, and every once in a while there is a segment about animals. Today, I was passing by the TV and the sweetest little pit bull puppy face was chewing on Matt Lauer’s shoe lace, so naturally I had to rewind and watch the segment immediately (love my dvr!). Harper’s story is an amazing testament to how these dogs often overcome obstacles and persevere with the help of caring people. She was born with a condition called “swimmer puppy syndrome”, in which she could not walk or lift her head, and was abandoned by her original owner. Lucky for the little girl, she was rescued by Erica Daniel of Dolly’s Foundation, a pit bull rescue in Orlando, Florida. The organization is named after Dolly the pit bull. Click here to watch a video about Dolly’s amazing story. I’ll warn you that you may spend the next three to five minutes crying, so have a tissue ready. But Dolly’s story is not a sad one anymore, thanks to Erica! If you can’t watch the video (there are some graphic images), you can read about her story here.

Harper the Pit Bull Puppy
Harper (photo by Flyin Fur Pet Photography)

Harper the Pit Bull Puppy
Harper (photo by Flyin Fur Pet Photography)

Dolly's Foundation Founder Erica Daniel
Dolly’s Foundation Founder Erica Daniel & Dolly the Pit Bull

The above photos of Harper were taken by Flyin Fur Pet Photography. They are currently selling all of their photos of her and donating the proceeds to Dolly’s Foundation.

Adoptable Friends

Any responsible pit bull owner knows one thing: pits have an undeserved reputation. Like all dogs, they just want to be loved! And they will give it back, 1000 times over if you let them. Here are some cute pitties for your enjoyment, and all are available for adoption:

Adoptable Pit Bull Dutch
Dutch, available at Villalobos Rescue Center

Adoptable Pit Bull Rayne
Rayne, available at Pit Bull Rescue San Diego

Adoptable Pit Bull Roxie
Roxie, available at Minnesota Pit Bull Rescue

Adoptable Pit Bull Jessie
Jessie, available at Pit Bull Rescue San Diego

Adoptable Pit Bull Mr. Jiggs
Mr. Jiggs, available at Bad Rap, Oakland CA