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If you have ever loved a pit bull, you know how special they are, with their unique personality, protective nature, and lovable demeanor. In 2023, pit bulls are the number one breed in the United States, and it is estimated that there are about 18 million pit bulls across the country. Despite the prevalence of this breed, these incredible dogs face an unfair stigma and are often left in shelters or on the streets for extended periods of time. 

At the Humane Society of Tampa Bay, our team of animal lovers is passionate about providing pit bulls with the homes that they deserve, because we know how deserving they are. If you are interested in adopting a dog in Tampa, learn more today about how this breed may be the perfect addition to your family.

Pit Bulls: America’s #1 Breed

In shelters across the country, pit bulls are consistently overlooked due to false assumptions. Many people, even those that are animal lovers, often wonder, “Are pit bulls dangerous?” What many people may not know is that pit bulls are one of the best-tempered dogs in the U.S., and their reputation for being aggressive or dangerous by nature is extremely harmful for this lovable breed.

According to the World Animal Foundation, pit bulls scored an 85% on temperament tests, placing them in the top 23% of best-tempered dogs, despite being the most abused dog breed in the world. PETA reports that the extent of abuse that pit bulls suffer is often a main contributor to the incorrect assumption that they are overly-aggressive. The truth is, whether a lapdog, golden retriever, or pit bull, any dog can be provoked if they are treated poorly or not trained properly. Don’t discriminate, pit bulls deserve loving homes too! 

The Top Qualities of Pit Bulls

By even spending one day at the HSTB shelter, you’ll see for yourself that pit bulls are often some of the sweetest, most playful, loving dog breeds of all. Their loyalty knows no bounds, and they are known for forming strong bonds with their families. Their protective instincts make them excellent guardians and companions as well, and they are sure to make you feel loved. 

Pit bulls are often highly intelligent and adaptable, making them versatile companions for individuals and families alike. They thrive on human interaction, are incredibly people-oriented, and have no shortage of energy, so you can be sure that there will be plenty of playtime opportunities when adopting a pit bull. Whether it’s playing a game of fetch in the park or spending a cozy evening snuggled up on the couch, pit bulls are always ready to make cherished memories with their families.

The Benefits of Adopting a Pit Bull

It is a sad truth that pit bulls tend to stay the longest in shelters, patiently awaiting the day that they join their forever family. These dogs are often overlooked due to unfair biases that pit bulls are dangerous, even though they are just as deserving of love as any other breed. Pit bulls are known for their resilience and ability to overcome adversity, making them even more deserving of a chance to be a part of your family. 

When you adopt a pit bull, you provide them with a safe, nurturing environment, giving them a chance to live a fulfilling life filled with joy. In return, they will give you protection, loyalty, laughs, and immeasurable love.

Give Pit Bulls a Fair Chance At a Happy Life: Adopt Today From HSTB

As the dog breed with the longest average time spent in shelters before getting adopted, many pit bulls begin to feel lonely and forgotten, when all they want is to play and be a part of a loving family. 

At the Humane Society of Tampa Bay, we are fighting to give these deserving dogs hope and advocate on their behalf. Take the first step towards changing the lives of these deserving dogs and experience the unconditional love and joy that a pit bull can bring to your life.

To learn more about adopting a dog in Tampa, contact us at (813) 876-7138,view our adoptable dogs, or come visit us for more information.