"Sassy was one of my pet projects so she attended adoption events frequently," the shelter's adoption coordinator, Stephanie Frampton, told The Dodo. "Outside of the shelter people loved her. She was cute, she was sweet, they loved her reaction to stuffed toys. But it was always the same response: 'If I didn't already have dogs,' or 'We really want something younger,' and the ever-famous, 'She really is sweet but I just can't adopt a pit bull breed.'"
Unwanted pit bulls have it hard enough. The stress of life in a shelter can make even the calmest dog seem neurotic or skittish. Add the physical wear and tear of constant motherhood, and their chances of getting adopted become even bleaker.
"They've got those saggy boobies from nursing litter after litter after litter," Brooks said. "Not that that should matter but we all know that it does."
Nothing but love
What should matter: Mama pits tend to be incredibly gentle, in part because they've put up with baby pit bulls chewing and climbing on them their whole lives. There's not a whole lot that will faze them.