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judges 2011


Entry Category Emerging Hero Dogs
Charity Partner Pine Street Foundation (Canine Cancer Detection)
Location Van Nuys, California


Rafa was rescued from the Agoura Hills Shelter at 12 weeks old after having been there for 6 weeks. He was a little crazy :) With a lot of time, attention and work he is turning into a most amazing breed ambassador. We are working daily in our community to show what wonderful dogs American Staffordshires (pit bulls) are as well as to educate people on how to properly care for and live with canines of all breeds. He has achieved his Canine Good Citizen certification and we are hoping to have Community Canine certificate in the next few months.

We are actively involved in local training groups and local rescues and work endlessly on social media to spread the word on all the amazing things that dogs are doing in our society.

The picture was taken during a "photo shoot" that we won in a Facebook contest and was his first visit to the Santa Monica Pier. This shot captures Rafa's essence. His sweetness, his happiness and the pure joy that exudes from him every single day.

After losing his Facebook page recently, we had to start a new one. In less than 72 hours had "regained" over 6000 fans which is a testament to the impact that he is making with people both on and offline and the opportunity he has to continue to educate and inform the public about adoption, spay and neutering, proper training and all the things necessary to make all our dogs heroes.

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