Pit Bull mixes that stole my heart

It is a shame how Pit Bull’s have a bad reputation. 95% of pit bull’s I have encountered are loving, affectionate and goofy. The other 5% came from unknown circumstances or were from abuse cases that affected them. Working with rescues we often encounter abandoned, loose pit bull mixes that are in need of homes. Here are a few that stole my heart.


Lisa came to the rescue abandoned and and with such sensitive skin, she had bumps and scabs all over her body. She has to wear a special fleece jacket to protect her skin as it was raw. Lisa looked sore from all the skin issues but she always had a loving look for the rescue volunteers. She endured the special baths and treatments that she was treated to with grace. It took a while to figure out what was going on with her skin. After what seemed like a long time, Lisa was diagnosed with an autoimmune disease called Pemphigus Foliaceus. Despite being the sweetest little girl, it was difficult to find a home for her as her new owners not only would have to keep up with the treatments to her skin, they would also need to keep up with her other medical ailments. Lisa was at the shelter for over a year before she found her forever home. I was happy to be part of her care and even happier when I was told that her new owner saw my initial blog post about Lisa and that is what brought them into Second Chance.


This guy came to second chance and was so smart and adorable and I thought he would find a home shortly.  It soon became clear though, that finding a home for Rogan would be a challenge.  When dogs come to Second Chance, we rarely know their backstory.  We soon found that Rogan did not trust children, was not fond of cats and was very selective with dogs and humans. Rogan would get anxious when we were open to the public and therefore did not present very well to prospective adopters.

Luckily this lovable goofy boy had lots of volunteers and staff that loved him and would spend some extra time with him.  He loved to play with his big ball and take long hikes with his favorite volunteers. It took took 18 months to find the perfect home for Rogan. It just so happened that there was a worker at the Prison who loved Rogan and would visit him whenever he was working. As he was getting ready to retire, one of his dogs passed and it was now the right time to bring Rogan home. Rogan loves his canine brother and his owner and has lots of land to play.


Jack has had the unfortunate circumstance of being at Second Chance Adoption Shelter for the Second time. He was not with us long the first time. This Pit bull mix found a wonderful veteran who fell in love with him and took him home. One night though, his owner did not return home. He had died in a motorcycle accident and Jack was now without a home again.

With the Pandemic, the shelter depends more on fosters than we did prior to the pandemic. We now had a sudden arrival, but no foster to care for him, so this poor dog is by himself at the shelter. Luckily this fun loving guy is just adorable and the volunteers have all banded together to take turns to care for him. He is getting visits multiple times a day and many walks, I think he may be a bit spoiled once a foster (or forever home) becomes available. We hope he will soon find his forever home. In the meantime he will wear the collar from his owner proudly displaying the stars and stripes.

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Elaine Tweedy of I Got the Shot Photography makes a startling discovery in her own past of rescued breeds.

Come and find your Best Friend!

Second Chance has a unique program near Syracuse N.Y. where inmates train the rescued dogs. This program gives both the dogs and the inmates a second chance in life.  Appointments currently required related to Covid-19 protocols.

Meet ASHER. He is a beautiful brown/black lab hound mix. Jack is very sweet and a bit shy, but appears very loving. This pup was a bit concerned about the camera, but was very curious. He is still very puppy-ish, but they have him being about 10-12 months old. Asher would love to have a forever home.

Please contact Friends of Second Chance.

Friends of Second Chance Canine Adoption Shelter
6660 E. Seneca Turnpike
Jamesville, NY 13078

Capture your journey with your pet. Nancy Kieffer is a pet and nature photographer serving  Central New York, the Adirondacks and Beyond.  Capture how you share your life with your pet! It may be a vacation adventure or curled up on the couch. Travel assignments welcomed.

This Post Has 6 Comments

  1. Terri

    It’s sad how these amazing dogs get such a bad rap!

  2. Elaine

    I am keeping my fingers crossed for Jack! Every Pitbull I have ever met has been a lovely dog. Thanks for speaking out on their behalf!

    1. N Kieffer

      I think he is destined to find a wonderful person. thanks

  3. Nicole

    Our shelter is filled with Pit Bulls. It’s sad. It seems the most irresponsible people are attracted to them, but then I guess the lose interest and dump them.

    1. N Kieffer

      Luckily we have a fair number of responsible people that adopt them, but it is sad that they have had to endure whatever hardship they did prior to getting to us

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