This Pit Bull may be the happiest four-legged friend at his shelter after being adopted into his forever home. We’re pretty happy for him too! After all, there are about 70 million stray animals living in the U.S. Out of those 70 million, only about six to eight million cats and dogs even get to enter the nation’s 3,500 shelters every year, according to the Humane Society of the United States.

Just look at that face!

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For Pit Bulls, the numbers are especially staggering. One in four of all animals brought into shelters are Pit Bulls, and their average euthanasia rate hovers at 93 percent across the board. Pit Bulls are largely misunderstood due to irresponsible owners who use them for fighting rings and sensationalist news stories. As a result, breed specific legislation (BSL) has popped up in cities across the U.S. that either greatly restricts or completely bans people from adopting Pit Bulls as pets.

The stigma that marks Pit Bulls has also contributed to their rise in U.S. shelters, even if they prove such stereotypes wrong every day. If Pit Bulls could speak for themselves, they would probably tell us humans just how much they want to be loved like any other four-legged friend.

If given the chance, Pit Bulls can be very loving companions, and in some communities, they have even become heroes, saving people and their guardians from harm.

Find out more about Pit Bulls from Pit Bull Rescue Central and BadRap.

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