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Adopt-a-Pet: Abraham the pit bull

September 3, 2009 |  1:15 pm

AbrahamAbraham (ID# A1052372), an adoptable 3-year-old male pit bull, is a big favorite with staff at the South Los Angeles animal shelter

Unfortunately for him, he also has a few strikes against him, through no fault of his own.  As we mentioned, Abraham's a pit bull -- one of the most common types of dog found in shelters but one that many potential adopters shy away from as a result of persistent bad press.  And the South L.A. shelter is one of the most crowded shelters in Southern California. 

Endpoint: More than a month after landing at the shelter, Abraham is still homeless.

His owners surrendered him at the shelter "because they no longer had adequate time to spend with him," according to the shelter's New Hope program coordinator, Tomika Johnson.  But, Johnson notes, "They did a great job during the time they had with him and his outgoing and vibrant personality shows it."

Abraham has lots of energy and an intense love of tennis balls, Johnson says.  He is very friendly and loves people -- both adults and children -- and other dogs.  We had to laugh when Johnson pointed out that, should Abraham be adopted into a home with another dog, care should be taken to ensure that the existing dog is good at receiving affection.  When meeting a new dog, she explains, Abraham "licks their face constantly and persistently."

Meet Abraham in person at the South L.A. shelter, 3612 11th Ave., or call (888) 4LAPET1 with his ID number for more information. 

UPDATE: Abraham has been pulled from the South L.A. shelter by an L.A.-area pet rescue group.  Congratulations, Abraham!

-- Lindsay Barnett

Photo: Los Angeles Department of Animal Services

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