Mar 18, 2013 11:37 PM by Erin Steuber

Acadiana Non-Profit on a Mission to Save Pitbulls

Pitbulls, they're not always thought of as man's best friend, but one Acadiana non-profit is trying to change that. Enter a group called Cajun Paws Rescue. Their mission: to give new homes to neglected, abused and unwanted dogs, primarily pitbulls.

Cuddly family pet, may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think pitbull, but meeting one like Delta, or Noah may change your mind.

"They have a bad stereotype. People think only certain types of people own a pitbull, that they're so vicious and mean, but really they're not at all," said President of Cajun Paws Rescue, Amber Prejean. "They're very loving, very caring, most of them love to snuggle and they have funny personalities. They're just all together wonderful dogs."

Most rescues around Acadiana don't accept pitbulls, and the pound will put them down after only a few days. That's why Amber decided to create Cajun Paws Rescue, a non-profit with a mission to save pitbulls before it's too late.

"They just get put to sleep if they're found as a stray after a 5 day hold. If an owner surrenders a pitbull, they get put to sleep automatically," said Amber. "They have no chance whatsoever. We are they're only hope around Acadiana"

After the dogs are given to Cajuns Paws, volunteers foster the dogs, helping rehabilitate them so they can be placed in a permanent home. And that's how Mary Hanchey ended up a pitbull owner, she fell in love with Zeus after only a few weeks.

"We kept him, and we've loved him ever since," said Mary. "He's just like a regular dog, that's what they need to be thought of, not like 'oh it's a pitbull.' No it's a regular dog."

Both Delta and Noah are up for adoption through Cajun Paws Rescue. If you would like to adopt them, or look at other adoptables, visit



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