Learn about the passionate organization working to stop the violence against these gentle companions for good. Photo by Mary Kate McKenna.
Rescuing the Underdogs
In 2007, a chestnut-brown pit bull named Sweet Jasmine was carried, skinny and terrified, into a Washington, DC, animal rescue center. The dog, a survivor of football star Michael Vick's infamous Bad Newz kennel (an illegal dog-fighting operation that tortured and killed dozens of dogs), had been badly abused. As volunteer Catalina Stirling helped assess her for placement in a foster home, she felt Sweet Jasmine's pain. "It seemed like she wished the ground would swallow her up," says Catalina, who was so affected by the dog's plight that she adopted her. When Sweet Jasmine died in 2009, Catalina felt she had to do more for other dogs like her. "It was astounding how many pit bulls came into the shelter from abusive homes," says fellow volunteer Kate Callahan. As the two friends talked more, CatalinaRead More »from The Surprising Truth About Pit Bulls