Adora, Pittsburgh, PA

Hello Friends!

My name is Adora the Bull, but since we’re new friends, you can just call me Adora!

I am a 5 1/2 year old Pit Bull/American Bulldog Mix with a beautiful white fur coat and a soft little pink and tan spotted nose that loves to give little kisses. I’m a very happy girl and I really couldn’t ask for anything more!

My life wasn’t always rainbows and sparkles. I was surrendered to the Western PA Humane Society on a chilly day in December, right before the New Year (2012). My former owners surrendered me because they were moving somewhere that they were not permitted to take me along. (I know, totally unfair…right?! And as you can see, I looked like a baby machine so they must be done with me doing that job for them. 🙁 )

When I came into the shelter, my skin was extremely itchy, red and infected. The kind staff at the shelter started me on an antibiotic and some high quality dog food along with a good bath to help make me feel better. While at the Western PA Humane Society I quickly became a staff favorite; snuggling up with anyone who would let me cuddle with them. Since I had an extreme love for people, I attended offsite events as a representative of the other shelter dogs looking for their forever homes.

One day while I was at the shelter, I started feeling sick and the veterinary staff became very concerned for me. After running some tests, it was suspected that I had an auto-immune problem called Immune Mediated Hemolytic Anemia (IMHA). I was a very sick girl for awhile but the awesome staff at the shelter got me back on track and I had a wonderful foster mom and sister who took care of me.

In the mean time, I stole the heart of the Outreach Coordinator at the Western PA Humane Society who is now my mom. 🙂

After my mom officially adopted me in April 2012, we started working to take the Therapy Dog test. We worked hard for a few months and took the test in September 2012. I am now a Certified Therapy Dog and I work daily to melt hearts and change minds!

One of my favorite moments as a therapy dog was when I met two nice ladies while I was at work with my mom. When we came in the door to my mom’s work, there were two women who were admiring my cute little white face and when my mom invited them to pet me, one of them ran to the back of the store and said something about “being afraid of those kind of dogs”.

I’m not exactly sure what she was talking about. All I really wanted was some snuggles! My mom talked the woman for a bit and told her about how I just passed my test to become a Certified Therapy Dog and she told her all about my love for children, kitties, other dogs and so much more. After a short chat with my mom, the woman came slowly came over and petted my soft white head as I stood there politely while my mom continued to talk to them.

As my mom and I left to continue onto her office, I looked up at my mom’s face and she had a HUGE smile! And I knew at that very moment that I had made my mom sooo happy. 🙂 After we got to my mom’s desk she knelt down and gave me a big hug and said, “We are going to change so many minds and hearts together, Adora!” I sure do love my Mom. ♥

So that’s my story. I’m a shelter dog turned Certified Therapy dog who is ready to teach the world how amazing “pit bull” type dogs are! I’m ready to melt hearts and change minds…one person at a time!

Love & Snuggles,

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Parent: Sarah