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The Beloved Pit Bulls
they can relocate outside Denver's jurisdiction, or
The ban is lifted, replaced with a 'Dangerous Dog' law and these dogs are allowed to go back to their family homes.
To date we're taken over 500 dogs from ban areas and those places who don't have a 'ban' per se, but the dogs aren't welcomed ... this includes CO, TX, MO, KS, AZ, MA, PA, IL, NYC and many other places.  We've taken dogs when others are full and there's just no place for them to go.

The Max Fund received donations from people to help get the dogs out of harm's way. They, in turn, have donated $9,500 to Mariah's Promise for the purchase of Priefert Kennels and dog houses, plus extra to cover the added food expense we expect.  While others fight to get the BSL removed, we are working to help the animals.

You can find several of these dogs whose guardians have been forced to re-home their dogs among our adoption pages.

Please understand that we reserve the right to do a background check, home visit and ask for references from anyone interested in adopting these dogs. A special Thank You goes out to those who have opened their hearts and homes to these wonderful dogs!

If you would like to make a donation to assist us in this work, please mail your check to Mariah's Promise, P.O. Box 891, Blanco, TX  78606 and write "pit rescue" in the memo field.  Or you may also make a donation using our secure online PayPal account by clicking on the Donate button on the left.

Love Can Build a Bridge
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Denver's Breed Ban, visit
So much for vicious! Magic made a great pillow!
A Note from Toni ... since no one asked, here are my thoughts:

"We have seen time and again people's reactions to actually meeting a 'pit bull' face to face.  If I had a nickel for everytime someone said to me after meeting some of our bully dogs, I'd be rich!!! 'But they're so nice!! That can't be a pit bull -that's not how I heard they are!  Aren't they mean? How do you have so many in the room together?  Do they all get along?  Wow".  And I'm just as amazed as they are because my experience with the bully breeds has always been like meeting a long lost friend - these dogs rarely meet a stranger!  I always 'warn' people - look out for their tails and tongues!!!"

"I've read the stories, I've heard other people experience the dark side of a 'pit bull' and knowing what I know, it breaks my heart because that's just not the true nature of these dogs!!!  Some have issues with other dogs, but that's because the PEOPLE didn't socialize them, give them good experiences with other animals.  Or didn't take them out in society and socialize them with other people or experience life outside the family unit or worse, the backyard.     

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When you hear "PIT BULL" think ...
"Pleasing Intelligent Treasures ~ Beloved Unconditional Love & Loyalty"

We are very concerned about the Pit Bull Ban (BSL) that was reinstated in Denver City and County on May 9, 2005. The banned breeds are the American Pit Bull Terriers, American Staffordshire Terriers and Staffordshire Terriers. In an effort to help the people and dogs in Denver we have opened our rescues to temporarily house pets for the owners until:
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Subject: Please rid our city of pit bulls so I can feel safe again
To: Brea, Ca City Council
Date: Thu, 18 Feb 2010 08:41:54

Please rid our city of pit bulls so I can feel safe again.  And oh, by the way…

Could you also keep drunk drivers off the streets, stop people from running red lights, and ticket all drivers that can’t remember we have speed limits? These irresponsible people put my life at risk everyday.

I would also feel a lot safer if gang bangers did not have guns and terrorists did not hate Americans. Let’s take away their guns, bombs and secret weapons. Just think how many thousands of innocent lives we could save!

And while we are making our neighborhoods safe again, could you please hunt down and lock up all the pedophiles, rapists and serial killers. Who needs these human predators lurking around?

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With Open Arms
August 03, 2009, 2:19PM MT
By Kim Womantree

How one pit bull helped bring a family together

It was spring of 2003, but you would not have known it from looking outside. Two feet of snow had fallen, and was only now beginning to melt away. I had returned home with my children, and we were making dinner, as the snow began to fall yet again outside.

My son Morgan was in the basement, listening to music. He happened to look up at the garden-level window, and saw the unexpected: a dog, beautiful and golden, with a human-like facial expression of lonely sadness, shivering uncontrollably in the window well.
He ran upstairs to bring the dog inside out of the weather. Along the way he collected me and my daughter Sarah, who had been having a bad day. As we examined him, we saw a young dog with a darkened and swollen left front paw which hung limply, useless. They were afraid that the obviously injured animal might bite them if they lifted him, but no such thing....the dog was composed and gentle, licking my son's arm as he carried him inside.

~Read entire article~
What's so bad about dogfighting?
As Michael Vick returns to the NFL and the debate rages on whether he should be forgiven or forever maligned, some people seem to be wondering, "Dogfighting is wrong -- but really. Is it that horrible?"

Yes, it is.

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The scarred face of Lucas, a pit bull involved in Michael Vick's infamous dog fighting ring.
(AP/Jae C. Hong)

The State of Texas v. A Very Good American Pit Bull Terrier Owner
August 19, 2009

Today I was set for trial in a case that is the worst nightmare for any owner of an American Pit Bull Terrier or other large dog. Here’s how this tale transpired:

On February 11, 2009, David was walking his American Pit Bull Terrier on a six foot leash as he dutifully does three times per day. Yes, three. Pica is nine years old and had been rescued as a puppy and taken in by David and his wife. She is spayed and lives in their house in an upscale neighborho od as a beloved family member. David has a managerial position in a petro-chemical company and has been employed in this sort of work for twenty-five years. His wife manages a boarding kennel.

While David was walking their family pet by his side, a loose dog came out of nowhere from behind them without warning and promptly bit Pica in the face. It happened fast. Pica responded and grabbed the dog’s ear. She did not shake the dog or bite elsewhere but hung on briefly. David recognized the dog, a Shih Tzu that frequently ran loose, and called for the owner to come get her dog. She lived a couple of doors down from where the incident occurred. Another neighbor comes out with a gun and points it at David admonishing him that if Pica did not let go of the other dog he was going to shoot Pica and then her owner.

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Woman Who Adopted Dog Thrown Off Bridge Faces Eviction
by Helena Sung
Aug 28th 2009 1:00PM

If you were forced to choose between your apartment or your dog, which would you pick?

For 21 year-old Kelsey Westbrook, the answer is clear. "An apartment, to me, is just a material thing," she tells Paw Nation. "But you can't get a dog's life back."

In July, the University of Lousiville senior was serving tables at Joe's Crab Shack overlooking the Ohio River when she heard a boom so loud she thought a piece of shrapnel had blown off the highway. "Somebody just threw a dog off the bridge," a customer said, stunned.

~Read Entire Article~
Photo: Scott Utterback, The Courier-Journal, Scott Utterback / AP
"No White Flags"
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Burned, made to fight, betrayed and baited
I have no rights, my light is fading
Sold and traded...
And I'm still waiting in this blood soaked room

Lost, to evil hands and legislation
This life I have knows no consolation
I'm living proof a pit bull doomed
Used abused, I need a saviour

When will my bloodshed end?
When will my heartache mend?
I'm only one but I...
Can't tell the world how long I've cried
Can't tell the world, I'm gonna die...

Oh I need a friend to take this pain
Fight for me, trust in me
Truly see me for what I am
A lonesome soul on a lonesome road

When will my bloodshed end?
When will my heartache mend?
I'm only one but I...
Can't tell the world how long I've cried

When will my bloodshed end?
When will my heartache mend?
I'm only one but I...
Can't tell the world how long I've cried
Can't tell the world I'm gonna... die.

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By: Maria Daines/Paul Killington

Remember When?

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KIRKLAND, Wash. - A car-jacking suspect messed with the wrong vehicle Friday night in a Kirkland parking lot.

A pit bull rescued earlier from an illegal dog-fighting ring was sitting inside in the car - and that dog wasn't taking any more passengers.

The dog's foster mom, Amber Melena, explains what happened.

~Read the Story~
Potential car-jacker messes with the wrong vehicle
By Joel Moreno
Story Published: Mar 20, 2010 at 6:45 PM PDT

Victor the pit bull was rescued last fall from an illegal dog-fighting ring, and on Friday he was able to return the favor.

Michael Vick's former pit bull dog 'Red' dies of cancer three years after rescue
Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Red, an American pit bull terrier who overcame his brutal beginnings as the property of Michael Vick and his dogfighting ring and was rescued by the SPCA of Monterey County in California, passed away on Monday. He was eight years old.  Read more »

Family says dog tried to pull baby out of burning home
Story Created: Jul 8, 2010 at 10:24 AM EDT

BRISTOL - The Elkhart County Red Cross is calling a Bristol pit bull a hero after he alerted his family  to a fire, and even tried to pull a 3-month-old baby girl away from the danger.

The fire started around 3 a.m. Thursday in a hallway and quickly spread throughout the home.

“It sounds like the real hero here is the family pit bull,” said Frank Connolly, assistant executive director of the Elkhart County Red Cross. “Apparently ‘Thor’ woke the family up and even tried to pull the baby and bassinet out of the house. Lately we have learned how important pets can be to a family, and this is as stark an example as I’ve ever seen.”

The family says Thor barked and jumped on them until they woke up. Then he grabbed the baby's bassinet and dragged it to the front door.

"He's the hero today. He's the man," said Kemper Hunter, Thor's owner. "We turned around to look for the bassinet that was at the head of the bed, and it's at the door. All we got to do is open the door and go out. [Thor's] like 'Let's roll, dad! It's time to go, I got you.'"

No one in the family was injured, but their home was heavily damaged. The Red Cross is providing short-term housing as well as food, blankets, clothing and a crib for the baby.

Donations to the family may be directed through the Elkhart County Red Cross. Call (574) 293-6519.

A Tale of Two Pitties - Unlikely bond shared by neglected pit bulls

Randi Bildner | For The New Mexican

6/19/2010 - 6/20/10
A summer of broken hearts leads to a spring of renewed spirit.

In August 2009, the collective hearts of Northern New Mexico's animal-loving community broke as we said goodbye to Salvador, the beloved yellow pit bull and resident of Kindred Spirits Animal Sanctuary.

Salvador left a legacy of love for all who were lucky enough to know him. Salvador arrived at Kindred Sprits by way of The Santa Fe Animal Shelter & Humane Society; his severe injuries were consistent with those of a bait dog used in fighting.

Love, patience and the ability to know he was safe restored Salvador's spirit.

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A Rescue Poem

Once I was a lonely dog, just looking for a home.
I had no place to go, no one to call my own.
I wandered up and down the streets, in rain in heat and snow.
I ate what ever I could find; I was always on the go.
My skin would itch, my feet were sore, my body ached with pain.
And no one stopped to give a pat, or to gently say my name.
I never saw a loving glance; I was always on the run.
For people thought that hurting me was really lots of fun.

And then one day I heard a voice, so gentle, kind and sweet.
And arms so soft reached down to me and took me off my feet.
"No one again will hurt you," was whispered in my ear.
"You'll have a home to call your own where you will know no fear.
You will be dry, you will be warm, you'll have enough to eat.
And rest assured that when you sleep, your dreams will all be sweet." I was
afraid I must admit I've lived so long in fear. I can't remember when
I let a human come so near. And as she tended to my wounds, and bathed
and brushed my fur. She told me bout the rescue group and what it
meant to her.

She said, "We are a circle, a line that never ends,
And in the center there is you protected by new friends.
And all around you are the ones that check the pounds,
And those that share their home after you've been found.
And all the other folk are searching near and far.
To find the perfect home for you, where you can be a star."
She said, "There is a family, that's waiting patiently,
And pretty soon we'll find them, just you wait and see.
And then they'll join our circle; they'll help to make it grow,
So there'll be room for more like you who have no place to go."

I waited patiently. The days they came and went.
Today's the day I thought, my family will be sent.
Then just when I began to think, it wasn't meant to be,
There were people standing there just gazing down at me.
I knew them in a heartbeat. I could tell they felt it too.
They said, "We have been waiting for a special dog like you."
Now every night I say a prayer to all the gods that be,
"Thank you for the life I live and all you've given me.
But, most of all protect the dogs in the pound and on the street.
And send a Rescue Person to lift them off their feet.

Another scary Denver dog
with his new mistress to love

Pit bull Uno gives blood to help other dogs
This pit is a lifesaver

August 25, 2010

Most of the time pit bulls make news for maulings and killings, but 7-year-old Uno isn’t a life-taker. He’s a life saver.
Uno donates his blood to save the lives of other pets in need of blood transfusions. Not unlike humans, dogs have different blood types and like the O-negative bloodtype in humans, Uno has a universal blood type that can be used with all other dogs.  Dogs have antigens in their blood that can reach negatively in other dogs. Dogs like Uno have antigens that are less likely to cause a reaction, making them, for lack of a better term, universal donors.

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Do you know a “pit bull” mix when you see one?