Shadow is a seven year old black Pit Bull with an incredible story to tell and his story brings new meaning to the phrase, “one lucky dog.” Shadow was living in a home in Midland Beach, Staten Island, New York on October 29, 2012 when Hurricane Sandy threw all her fury at the island. People in the path of this storm were told to evacuate immediately. Shadow’s family did just that, leaving Shadow locked in his crate to battle the storm alone.
While Sandy completely destroyed the home Shadow was trapped inside, Shadow survived. However, he was trapped seven days post Sandy with no food or water and, because he was locked in a crate, he could not even scavenge for food. When Shadow’s owners were allowed back into their home and saw that Shadow had survived, they were not overcome with joy; instead they took Shadow to the Staten Island animal shelter and demanded that he be put to sleep.
Little did Shadow know, this was the first step in his journey to meet his very own angel. When Shadow was brought to the shelter by his owners, a group of women who worked at a vet’s office spoke with the man and convinced him to take Shadow to the ACC instead. From there, Shadow was placed with a foster family but only temporarily. Shadow, they said, was “too much dog” for them to handle.
At this point, when Shadow was surely confused and depressed, he met Suzanne Cappetta, his angel. When asked why she decided to take Shadow’s case on, Mrs. Cappetta replied, “I just looked into his eyes [and] I knew he was the victim of terrible training [and] neglect by humans and I vowed to him that I would see him through till the end [and] he would never suffer again. Never before had I rescued a Pit Bull, let alone a dominant [and] unneutered male. Many said put him down but that was never an option I would do what needed to be done to [undo] the damage created by his previous humans.” Mrs. Cappetta was passionate about Shadow and a bond immediately formed between the two.
Shadow had never been neutered or properly trained. For these two very big reasons, Shadow exhibited dominant tendencies. When asked about Shadow’s behavior, Mrs. Cappetta seemed to understand the negative impact that no training and not being neutered had on Shadow’s behavior. “He was not neutered [and] had lots of insecurities and dominance tendencies. He is now neutered [and] has been through positive reinforcement training.” A lot of time and love has been invested in Shadow and his personality shows it.
Mrs. Cappetta has fought the good fight for sweet Shadow. She says it was and continues to be worth every minute. “Knowing the breed is so misunderstood made me fight even harder for him. Like they say; it’s not the dog that’s bad it’s the one who held the leash. As I [saw] his slow progress I knew all he needed was love [and] care, a gentle hand to let him know he was finally a priority after seven years of being disposable.”
When she was asked how she would describe the changes she has seen in Shadow, she replied, “I love him dearly! There are no words to [describe] the amazing change he has made. Shadow would do best in a bully or big breed experienced home. that said, my many small rescued dogs and cats in my home would not be the ideal situation for Shadow. I visit him daily along with another death row pittie I saved at the kennel usually more than once a day. With the other volunteers we take them on trail walks, car rides, sleep overs, ocean swims, dips in the pool, adoption events [and] keep them on a grain free diet all on money we raise at fundraiser events and pleas on his Facebook page for funds.”
About herself, Mrs. Cappetta says, “I have loved animals my entire life and was always taking one home from an injured bird to a sick kitten and re-homing dogs from owners. Upon meeting Shadow I have since tried saving death row dogs, proudly saying 10 have [been] spared death thanks to the bond Shadow and I share.” Apparently, Suzanne Cappetta is a force to be reckoned with when it comes to the life of an animal. She is a truly wonderful and compassionate woman.
Since everyone is not as understanding and empathetic to the plight of animals as Mrs. Cappetta, she was asked how her family felt about her need to help those animals who haven’t gotten a fair shake in their lives. She says, “My husband, family [and] friends understand my passion for the voiceless and support my cause with donations and fundraising efforts as that is my only means of supporting the rescues and Shadow n Sweetie who reside in a kennel, both searching for foster or better yet forever homes. Shadow should be the only pet with teenage children as per his less than desirable past. He walks excellent on a leash, no dog aggression when he sees other dogs. I have found some amazing volunteers who have helped me make Shadow the rehabilitated dog he is today. [He is] not perfect but no one in life is.”
Mrs. Cappetta goes on to say that Shadow’s Facebook page has been an amazing help with donations and support for Shadow’s cause…finding him a forever home. She also says that just as humans have limitations, so does this sweet boy. He would do well as an only ‘child’ and with a Bully or big breed experienced owner/owners. Small dogs and cats would not be ideal housemates for Shadow.
If you are interested in learning about Shadow or any other of Mrs. Capetta’s babies, you can contact her through Shadow’s Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/SaveMeImShadowThePitbullCantYouHelp
You can also contact Mrs. Cappetta via email at email@example.com. If we pull together and network Shadow, we can make his dream come true!
For those Birmingham, Alabama residents who may be interested in fostering or adopting a bully, please see the Facebook for Bama Bully Rescue here:https://www.facebook.com/BamaBullyRescue There are so very many sweet babies in need of loving homes. Bama Bully Rescue doesn’t just let you adopt the dog and then leave you to figure it out as you go along. They have many services including pet & owner training and educational classes to help you learn all about your new bully. They also have fundraisers on a regular basis so, when you adopt a Bama Bully dog, you adopt an entire community of fellow bully lovers.