Over three million dogs a year find themselves sitting in a cell at an animal shelter waiting for the day somebody takes them home to love. Sadly, for over half a million of them, that day will never come.
The most common breed of dog in shelters is the American Pit Bull Terrier. Pit Bulls have a stigma around them due to the way they are often trained to act aggressively and the way that media often portrays them. The breed is highly discriminated against and even banned in some towns. Due to their bad rap, they are in abundance in the shelters.
One woman, Carol Skaziak, is doing something that she hopes will show that these canines do have value. She believes that many working dogs in shelters are just 'misunderstood' and they need what all dogs need and that is a purpose in life with the right owner. That is why she started The Throw Away Dogs Project.
The Throw Away Dogs Project takes 'misunderstood' dogs and trains them to be K-9s. Carol, who is married to a police officer knows the value of a good police dog. Most of the dogs this far have been working dogs that are on death row.
Once she learned that Pit Bulls have the nose and skill set needed to search out narcotics, she knew it could be a win-win situation! Not only would the dog's life be saved but it would also be a valuable asset to the police and the community.
In the video, below, Carol and trainers meet with a reporter and introduce him to Wildflower, a female Pit Bull who has been training for two months. Wildflower shows off her skills and is put to the test when meeting a stranger. The Throw Away Dogs Project hopes that this demonstration will show the public and the police officers who would be working with them, that these dogs can be trained to serve the community. In the same way that we shouldn't judge others by their race, we should not judge dogs by their breed. Don't you agree that they deserve a chance?