Augusta Dog Adoptions Group Looking for Homes for Pit Bulls

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An animal adoption group in Augusta County is pushing a promotion this month to get more pit bulls into loving homes.

The organization is trying to save these pups, which often get a bad rap, from being put down.

The all-volunteer Augusta Dog Adoptions group currently has about 10 pit bulls staying at various foster homes.

The group hopes to match as many as possible with owners who will provide much-needed care.

"We wanted to get a rescue dog," said Tonya Morris, who adopted Coleman on Saturday. "We had our eye on him last week, and he wasn't available."

Tonya and David Morris believe fate brought Coleman into their family.

"Somebody else already was going to get him and that fell through twice," Tonya Morris said. "So they called us this morning and we came up."

The couple rushed to the PetSmart in Waynesboro Saturday morning to adopt the two-year-old pit bull.

"He seems like he'd be a great first dog," she said. "He's very well-behaved. I would never think that about a pit bull, but we're already in love with him."

Coleman is one of the first pit bulls to find a home through Augusta Dog Adoptions' February promotion.

"They're kissable, they're huggable, and they're adoptable," said Vanessa Forde of Augusta Dog Adoptions. "It's $100 as opposed to our normal $175. They've been fully vetted, spayed, neutered, vaccinated, micro-chipped."

Organizers say it's a way to grant many of these dogs a second chance.

"Pits are the number one breed that are euthanized in the pounds, so we try to help everybody as much as possible," said Sally Williams, a volunteer for Augusta Dog Adoptions.

"Shelters have to face difficult decisions when they are overpopulated," Forde said. "We want to take that burden off of them and open up some space in the shelter."

It's an effort that's giving pit bulls, like Coleman, a more promising future.

"It's meant to be," said Morris. "I prayed about it. I said, ‘If it's meant to be, it'll happen.'"

Augusta Dog Adoptions saved more than 330 dogs last year.

They will be set up at the PetSmart in Waynesboro every Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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