It is the mission of Animal Farm Foundation to secure equal treatment and opportunity for “pit bull” dogs. In an effort to meet that mission, Animal Farm Foundation has formed a collaboration with Austin Pets Alive! and Universal K9 so that rescued and sheltered “pit bull” dogs can be selected and considered for Detection Dog work, which is traditionally reserved for pure bred, purpose bred dogs.
Potential detection dog candidates are selected from the Austin Pets Alive! shelter system to participate in training led by Universal K9, located in San Antonio, Texas. Once there, Brad Croft founder of Universal K9, trains and places the dogs in police departments around the country at no charge. Animal Farm Foundation provides a sponsorship to Universal K9 to help cover the costs of the officer training.
Croft has long advocated for the use of shelter dogs for this specialized work, telling ABC news in 2014,”All they need is a chance to prove themselves and these dogs will work every bit as hard as the purebred dogs that we bring in from overseas.” Now, with the ongoing addition of “pit bull” dogs selected from the Austin Pets Alive! shelter, this collaboration will shine a light on the value of rescued and sheltered dogs of any breed or breed mix for many years to come.