Bella, Lindenhurst, NY

Hello! I’m Bella and I’m a Pit Bull mix.

I had a rough past. I was previously known as “Ella” and I was dumped at a NYC kill shelter by my “family.” I was abandoned like all the rest of the poor dogs out there. I was there for a few weeks and I didn’t know it at the time, but there were people who tried to get us dogs out by sharing our photos on Facebook.

A 19-year-old girl named Kate saw my picture online. She liked dogs, but was by no means an animal lover nor had any dogs. For some reason, my photo captured her attention and it would not leave her mind.

Three days went by, and the more Kate tried to focus on her everyday life, the more I would pop into her head. On the 4th night, she couldn’t sleep.

“I have to get this dog,” Kate said, in shock at the words that were coming out of her mouth.

She drove from Eastern Long Island, 45 minutes into the city by the guidance of a GPS unit. Kate wasn’t familiar with the city, but could not shake the extremely strong connection she had with my photo. She was sure that I must have been adopted out by now, and doubted that I’d be available anymore.

Finally, Kate pulled up to the run-down looking shelter and to her surprise, I was available and in isolation, not out for the public to see. As soon as Kate met me in person, she knew that she had to take me home. It just felt right.

So on November 5th, 2012, I was rescued! And Kate changed my name to “Bella.”

A few days after my rescue, Kate discovered a few surprises. Not only was I scheduled to be euthanized the morning after Kate had picked me up, but the family vet had declared me one month pregnant! Thank goodness for intuition!

I gave birth to 6 beautiful puppies. Three of my pups went to family members but Kate decided to keep three with us: Gem, Holly and Lucky. šŸ™‚

Now, 6 months later, Kate and I are a “team”, trying to spread animal rescue awareness and bully breed awareness.

“Without Bella,” Kate says, “I wouldn’t have found my calling.”

Yes, I am a Pit Bull mix, as well as my 6 miracle puppies. “They are the sweetest, smartest, most lovable doggies out there.” says Kate. “Without Bella, surely the world would be different ā€” or at least this family’s world.”

Without Kate, I would just be an unwanted dog, forgotten and killed at the shelter. Because of her, my puppies and I are here. She is my world.

Parent: Kate