Animal Farm Foundation (Where Pit Bulls are Just Dogs)

May 11, 2011  

By Leslie Smith (as first posted in Dogtime )

Long before the Michael Vick dogfighting story broke, before Cesar Millan and his brood became famous, before many Americans could even tell you what a pit bull looks like, a small sanctuary in upstate New York was working to restore the image of the most misunderstood and mistreated breed in history. The sanctuary is Animal Farm Foundation (AFF), and the dogs they care for there are among the most gentle and loving animals one could ever hope to meet.

Most come from New York Animal Care and Control where Pit Bulls are routinely euthanized due to the sheer numbers entering the facility, and for the most part, their origins and histories are unknown. But some are rescued from dogfighting rings or other situations of unbelievable cruelty.

As I toured the bucolic sanctuary grounds, met the residents, and heard their stories, I came to understand that the remarkable aspect of all this is not that a few extraordinary animals were able to overcome severe mistreatment, but that such resilience and innate affability is the norm among the breed.

To hear more about this incredible organization, check out my radio interview with AFF’s Stacey Coleman and Bernice Clifford.

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4 Responses to “Animal Farm Foundation (Where Pit Bulls are Just Dogs)”
  1. woofslc says:

    I love my friends at AFF!

  2. StubbyDog says:

    @woofslc They are wonderful!

  3. AnnVanderlaan says:

    I found out about Animal Farm Foundation (AFF) when my writing partner and I were looking for a literary agent to represent us. One of the agencies we researched in NYC had an agency mascot adopted from AFF. There were loving stories and pictures of the current office mascot and his predecessors on their website, as well as a link to AFF and a plea to adopt or donate. I went out to AFF’s site, saw what they were doing, and then did my own research. After I decided to adopt a bully I went back to AFF and looked at their recommendations to find a local bully rescue. A month later I adopted my first bully. But as luck would have it, we got an offer of representation from another literary agency.

  4. StubbyDog says:

    @AnnVanderlaan Thanks for your comments, and so nice AFF were able to help you out on your adoption. They really are a terrific organization. .