Fourth Grader to the Rescue

May 9, 2011  

One young girl makes a difference for pit bulls

By Tori Allender

My name is Tori. I live in Hanover, Pa., and I am a fourth grader at Park Hills Elementary. I think pit bulls are great dogs, but other people don’t think that.

Some people think pit bulls should be banned everywhere, but that’s not right. They shouldn’t be banned because they are very sweet dogs and are only mean if they are trained to be mean.

For example, sometimes people treat their pit bulls very badly so the pit bulls turn mean, and then the people turn them into fighting dogs. The people should be punished for this and not the dog.

Punish the deed, not the breed.

I helped Jasmine’s House, a rescue organization that strives to end the neglect, cruelty and abuse inflicted on the American pit bull terrier and strives to restore their excellent reputation. I was inspired by a show on Animal Planet called “Pit Bulls and Parolees.” This show made me realize that pit bulls are mistreated and need help.

I also learned that pit bulls aren’t the only dogs that people think are mean and bad. There are many other breeds that need help, too.

I feel really good about helping pit bulls and Jasmine’s House. My family and school are proud of me.

Tori Allender is a fourth grade student who, with the help of her Elementary School Counselor Erin Hanson, raised $160 for the organization. For more information on Tori’s story, visit The Truth About Pit Bulls Blog.

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5 Responses to “Fourth Grader to the Rescue”
  1. woofslc says:

    Go Tori! Wonderful job raising funds and awareness, I really enjoyed your article…kids CAN and DO make a difference, thank you for speaking out for those who need our help!

  2. StubbyDog says:

    @woofslc Thanks for your comments, she really is a remarkable young girl!

  3. KatieBakker says:

    Awesome! teach them while their young! We need the children of today to think like this girl!

    I see a brighter future for pit bulls already!

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  5. StubbyDog says:

    @KatieBakker Yes, with people like Tori around, the future is much brighter. Thanks for commenting.