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Shadow’s Fund Hosts Second Annual Dog Walk


Sunday, November 18, 2012
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What could be more adorable than 40-plus pooches walking together on the beautiful Santa Barbara ocean front? Forty-some pooches in full Halloween costume. On October 27, the nonprofit animal rescue Shadow’s Fund celebrated National Pit Bull Awareness Day with its second annual community walk. “We want to raise awareness and reintroduce the pit bull, the dog that was once the number one family dog in this country,” said Jill Anderson, cofounder of Shadow’s Fund.

Shadow’s Fund was started in 2009 by Anderson and Cody Rackley as a tribute to Shadow, their 15-year-old dog they found tied to a tree outside a Ventura animal shelter with an attached note that read “He’s too old.” After a wonderful year-and-a-half together, Shadow passed away, and Shadow’s Fund was instituted to rescue senior dogs from shelters where they are likely to be passed over for adoption. In 2009, Anderson was informed of a dog in Long Beach that needed a good home and, thus, became acquainted with her first pit bull, 13-year-old Button. “That was when I truly became aware of the plight of this breed,” explained Anderson. “The sad reality is that only one in 600 pit bulls in shelters make it out alive.”

According to its website, “Shadow’s Fund is dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation, and re-homing of senior dogs and pit bulls. These high-risk dogs are often the first to end up at the shelter and the last to be adopted. Our mission is to bring hope to those that seem to have so little.” In the last three years, 300 pit bulls have been rescued by Shadow’s Fund and adopted into new lifelong families. In August 2010, Anderson and Rackley opened the doors to a new 100-acre Sheltering Oak Sanctuary, a no-kill facility that guarantees a lifetime commitment if a permanent family cannot be found.

Today, 19 dogs are living on the ranch (socializing with horses, pigs, and sheep), each with its own heart-wrenching survival story. Brothers Lucky and Rugby, former bait dogs, were picked up while running loose on a Los Angeles freeway, rescued by Shadow’s Fund, and were adopted and present for the Santa Barbara community walk. Unfortunately, for each success story, there are even more sad tales of good dogs not given the opportunity to thrive. People like Anderson, Rackley, and their group of dedicated volunteers make a difference to those animals who are in desperate need of help.

While preparing for the community walk, tourists and passersby stopped and wanted to pet or take pictures of the adorable pups in costume. Anderson explained, “They forget for a second that they are supposed to be afraid of this particular breed. They don’t see the muscles or the jaw. They just want to meet the dog in a tutu.” If you want more info on this amazing foundation or want to make a donation, visit www.shadowsfund.org

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Yes, it is true that there are more bites from poodles, except when a pit bull clamps down you get more than a torn pair of pants. They should also have a parade featuring the glorious gang tattoos of the high percentage of low life owners of this breed.

italiansurg (anonymous profile)
November 18, 2012 at 7:28 a.m. (Suggest removal)

What do gang tattoos have to do with THIS march? These people were trying to raise awareness about misconceptions that surround Pit Bull Terriers.

Yes, they ARE a breed that has been taken over quite heavily by gang members. But that's not all they are. They're really loving dogs who are just like any other terrier (yorkie, jack russell, etc.) in that they are intelligent, have a high prey drive (no, that doesn't translate to human beings necessarily) and so they love to do things like fetch and run fast.

As for the damage done from pits vs other dogs, the dog breed responsible for the most fatal and serious bites in the US three years running is the Dalmation. We just never hear about them on the news. ANY dog bite can be harmful, and even a small dog can certainly cause harm. Small dogs can kill children and sadly have. I would consider that more than a pair of torn pants.

Instead of being ill-informed and negative, how about some credit where it's due to people who are NOT "low-lifes" trying to make a difference for dogs?

Native1 (anonymous profile)
November 18, 2012 at 8:33 a.m. (Suggest removal)

I am very well informed on this issue. All dog bites can be harmful, pit bull bites, by the very nature of their off the chart jaw strength, are by far the most dangerous. Whether this breed had any practical value at one point is irrelevant.
Instead of rescuing pit bulls how about these folks rescue humans in need?

italiansurg (anonymous profile)
November 18, 2012 at 8:49 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Hey there, I am a skilled professional. My sons go to city college, one set to graduate this spring. I am a Responsible Proud Pitbull Owner. No thugs here. I take my dog out to every local festival to meet, greet, educate, and dispel myths. I have thousands of friends and a Pitbull advocate page on facebook, we are all responsible members of our communities. Doctors, lawyers, firemen, every walk of life. We would love to educate and bring awareness to our very much loved family pets.
We love and support Shadow's Fund. In fact, one of our own, an active US Army soldier is set to run a 26 mile Army sponsored marathon on Dec 9 in Hawaii to raise money for Shadow's Funds Rescue.
Please take the time to learn about and love the
American Pitbull Terrier !
Ps. Interesting to note, for every one Pitbull bite, there are 10.5 million who don't.

Cmartin (anonymous profile)
November 18, 2012 at 10:02 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Great to read positive comments about this breed. ALL dogs need to be trained. It is always the owners who are at fault when a pit hurts someone. I have had and do have Pit Bull Terriers.

jeanror (anonymous profile)
November 18, 2012 at 10:36 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Great response Cmartin. Thanks and I both largely agree with and appreciate your point of view.
While friends of mine hunt boars with pit bulls, something they are actually suited for, I find defending the breed as weird as people who defend the need for fully automatic weapons with large magazines. In both cases there are plenty of other options...And both with guns and pit bulls it is the human that is at fault...

italiansurg (anonymous profile)
November 18, 2012 at 12:01 p.m. (Suggest removal)

To own and love a Pitbull is a lifestyle, that includes educating, defending, and fighting against misconceptions and myths of our misunderstood breed on a daily basis. I encourage all to watch Beyond the Myth, which is free this month on Hulu.com. There are many reasons we would rather own Pitbulls than any other dog, to know one is to love one.

Cmartin (anonymous profile)
November 18, 2012 at 12:45 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Wish I could have seen this parade. Every pit I have had the pleasure to meet has been a sweet and happy dog.

Guaranteed, within a few years' time, some other breed will be vilified as the "bad dog" and "dog that bites."

My thanks goes out to the people who are working to educate others about dogs. Good for you!

chilldrinfthenight (anonymous profile)
November 18, 2012 at 1:10 p.m. (Suggest removal)

I had a pit for over 13 years and she was one of the best dogs I have ever had. Happy Sunday!

DannyNoonan (anonymous profile)
November 18, 2012 at 3:13 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Always a walk for their pits, never a walk to help the victims of pit attacks. You will never see this group of people doing anything to help the victims of these mutant canines, never. It is disgusting how they will do this and to top it off, they always victimize the victim over and over. I have seen comments that an innocent child deserved to be attacked, this coming from the pit community. These people need to be taking care of those whose lives were forever changed by these "nanny" dogs. The way you change the perceptions of pit bulls is to become responsible for a change, stop the propaganda that they are regular dogs, and help the victims of these attacks.

PitsR4Fools (anonymous profile)
November 18, 2012 at 4:35 p.m. (Suggest removal)

The real thugs here are the humans who have no real education on this subject but a few news breifs. Dogs are generally great, humans are far less so in number.

Riceman (anonymous profile)
November 18, 2012 at 6:07 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Take a deep breath pitsr4fools. Go out doors. Youre going to be allright. All dogs bite people. Pits are singled out right now because it makes good news. My face carries a scar from a Doberman as a child. Judge the deed, not the breed.

Cmartin (anonymous profile)
November 18, 2012 at 7:06 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Any animal can be trained to fight or attack, the animal with the best chances of doing major damage and taking the most damage inself, is the Pit Bull and Rottweiler. These animals raised with love become steadfastly loyal to their owners and are not the threats to children as most experts state but they are also the best animal to train to gaurd drug dens and crack houses, to keep even the most well-armored police SWAT officer back so their criminal owners can escape but in general, these animals are fine pets and great protectors, like any other K-9.

dou4now (anonymous profile)
November 19, 2012 at 7:23 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Shadow's Fund is an amazing rescue that does a lot for their community. Before you talk negatively about the organization you should educate yourself on what they do. I was the dog trainer for a program they started at the Lompoc prison. They brought in 4 dogs (of all different breeds) into the mens facility and I trained the inmates how to work with the dogs, taught them about basic health care about a dog and basic grooming. They now have more skills to get a job doing something productive when they get their second chance. I am the one who adopted Buddha the bait dog that is talked about above and he is doing amazing things for people. Next week we start visiting the residents at hospice and retirement homes and patients at hospitals. If you have negative images about the pit bull come meet Buddha and he will change your mind forever! This dog was tortured by human beings and he still loves all! People have a voice, animals do not. Shadow's Fund is helping to be that voice!

DDRR (anonymous profile)
November 19, 2012 at 9:27 a.m. (Suggest removal)

In the Indy photo here, that blue-shirted woman on the right side sure seems like one of those low-lifers Italiansurg is warning us about.

Don't ever change, dude. Don't ever change.

John_Adams (anonymous profile)
November 19, 2012 at 10:40 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Anecdotal: I know 9 pitbull owners, 10 including myself. Not one of their animals, or mine, has ever shown signs of aggression. All are loving and affectionate creatures. I was, however, attacked unprovoked by a dalmatian and had to be treated at the hospital.

Some people feed to create frenzy and italiansurg is a chummer.

SB4B (anonymous profile)
November 19, 2012 at 11:41 a.m. (Suggest removal)

While I'm sure responsible owners are training their pit bulls properly, a quick glance at the Wikipedia citation for pit bulls doesn't inspire much confidence from a statistical viewpoint:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pit_bull

My fav breeds - lab retrievers and australian shepards. Least fav - poodles.

EastBeach (anonymous profile)
November 19, 2012 at 12:18 p.m. (Suggest removal)

John Adams you should be ashamed. Delete him for inappropriate content.

Cmartin (anonymous profile)
November 19, 2012 at 2:48 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Cmartin we treally don't need anymore busybodies around here. Nothing wrong with John Adams' comment when you have the intellectual capability to read it in context. I am sick of the Victorian hypocrisy.

Ken_Volok (anonymous profile)
November 19, 2012 at 3:04 p.m. (Suggest removal)

This is starting to read like a comment thread on Edhat in more ways than one.

zappa (anonymous profile)
November 19, 2012 at 3:06 p.m. (Suggest removal)

I do not favor censoring Adams' comment. I do however agree with Cmartin and Draxor that pit bulls get a bad rap because of some psychopathic losers who abuse them and turn them into attack dogs.

billclausen (anonymous profile)
November 19, 2012 at 7:16 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Some commenters present an ugly, rednecked, unhappy , dingey, old man climate in here. Ewwww. No thanks.

Cmartin (anonymous profile)
November 19, 2012 at 8:27 p.m. (Suggest removal)

I had a pit bull terrier many years ago. I got her when she was 7 months old. She had been training to be a Sherriif's Department dog for their Canine force. She was well mannered but they could not get her to "attack" on command from her trainer. She then was staying at the home of an officer in a trailer park and he could not keep her.

He asked us to take her as we were dog lovers. She was so gentle and sweet. We had two small cockapoos and an old cat..She watched over them and protected them.

The only time she ever did anything like attacking, was when another huge dog was attacking one of the little cockapoos in our front yard, My husband released her from the back yard and told her to protect our tiny dog. She saw what was happening and went out and through that huge dog in the air, taking a large chunk of hair and skin.

The huge dog ran home, two doors away, and we offered to pay its vet's bill. But the neighbor got rid of their dog who was always harassing cats and little dogs in the neighborhood.

Matilda was with us until she was very old and had to be put to sleep. She was always gentle and loving, except for that one time to protect another family pet.

Years later there was a renegade pit bull, new to the neighborhood and many cats were killed and some people walking dogs attacked. My cat was killed in front of our eyes as that dog crept up on her sleeping on the veranda. At least twenty neighbors chased that dog as she carried my sweet cat home in his mouth.

Their was a hearing, and many neighbors attended. The pit was put to sleep humanely. He had killed at least five cats and his owners blamed an old relative for letting him out. Sad.

bajamama (anonymous profile)
November 19, 2012 at 10 p.m. (Suggest removal)

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