Little Man - Florida Change Maker
Hillsborough County Animal Services was not adopting out pit bulls when we met Little Man in their overwhelmed Tampa Florida shelter in 2007. His bright smile from behind the kennel bars seemed to be telling us that a huge change was about to take place, not only for him, but for the shelter and the partners who were working together for the first time.
Of course he soon ended up in BADRAP's adoption program in CA, but just as encouraging was the partnership he signaled between BADRAP, Animal Farm Foundation, the ASPCA and Little Man's struggling shelter. Flash forward to now: HCAS has a thriving pit bull adoption program that is viewed as a model program by other shelters.
Like so many other dogs, Little Man seemed to show up to tell us that change was in the air, and the time to help the dogs was NOW. Thank you buddy. We'll always think fondly of you and your many lessons. ASPCA article on the Man. Hillsborough's new pit bull ambassador program: Link.