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My name is Brave Heart!

American Staffordshire Terrier Mix Dog for adoption in Ventura, California - Brave Heart
Photo 1 - American Staffordshire Terrier Mix Dog for adoption in Ventura, California - Brave Heart
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I'm being cared for by:
Canine Adoption and Rescue League

Facts about Brave Heart

  • Breed: American Staffordshire Terrier Mix
  • Color: White
  • Age: Young
  • Size: Med. 26-60 lbs (12-27 kg)
  • Sex: Male
  • ID#: 9401197
Available to foster or adopt!

Breed: American Staffordshire Terrier X
DOB: est 10/2012
Gender: male
Altered:yes
Coat: short
Size: medium
Color(s): white
Description: ***Needs a Foster Home***
This dog is in need of a foster home as well as a permanent home. If you are interested in fostering call the Adoption Center at (805) 644-PETS (7387).


Hi, I'm Brave Heart a very sweet American Staffordshire Terrier X. I've been described as being the poster dog for love, loyalty, and ferocity. Here is the story of how I got my name from C.A.R.L.

My owner and 3 other people were living in a car in a park (not in Ventura County). Law enforcement received a report of 'shots fired' in the park. On arrival they found 2 dead in the car and my owner's best friend dead next to the car. My owner and I had scrambled out of the car (gunfire still erupting). Immediately, I attacked the shooters and drove them off (this account has been verified by police report and newspaper account). I was taken to the local animal services. Workers there were unable to handle me (I'd just survived a street war, overstimulated, you think?). They considered 'putting me down'. The law officer transporting me interceded and thankfully euthanasia was put on hold. My owner was only 17 so he couldn't pick me up. He begged his social worker to help save me and it worked. She found C.A.R.L. and they agreed to take me in. My owner and his caretaker picked me up and drove me to Ventura County and C.A.R.L.

C.A.R.L. was astounded at how friendly and loving I am. All I want to do is be with someone who cares. I am not sure I am ready to be left alone at home. I was so happy living full time with my owner and now I have my new friends at C.A.R.L. with me all the time. I might want to live in a home where someone is home almost all the time. I am not sure about living with other dogs, hope to work on making friends while I am at C.A.R.L.

My owner came out to play with me and help us both recover from all the changes. He did lots of work at C.A.R.L. as a volunteer. He said I saved him, he saved me and C.A.R.L. gave both of us a chance. Now he has gone to live with family and I could not go. We said good bye and I am ready to find someone else to call family.

*Thank you to Sharon for sponsoring this wonderful dog at the Burnice Kraemer Sanctuary and giving him the chance for a better life.

Additional information: *Current on shots

About Canine Adoption and Rescue League

About Our Rescue Group...

The Canine Adoption and Rescue League is a Ventura County non-profit dog rescue organization. Almost entirely run by volunteers since 1996, The Canine Adoption and Rescue League has placed over 5,000 unwanted, abandoned, and homeless dogs. Dogs in our adoption program are placed in pre-screened loving and secure homes.

The Canine Adoption and Rescue League receives hundreds of calls from people who must find a home for a stray, a litter of puppies or even a family pet.

The Canine Adoption and Rescue League's mission is to advocate for animal welfare, seeking to end the needless deaths of companion animals through our adoption, education, and outreach programs.

Come Meet Our Pets...

We hold adoptions on Saturdays (12 - 4) and Sundays (12 - 4) at our adoption center, 3203 East Main St., behind the Ventura Pet Barn in Ventura, California 93003.

We also hold monthly "Away Adoption" Events at Petco 545 West Channel Islands Boulevard
, Port Hueneme on the Third Sunday of the Month, and PetSmart 4840 Telephone Rd., Ventura every Saturday of the Month.

Our Adoption Process...

The goal of Project Second Chance is to match dogs with homes that are well suited to their needs, temperament, age, and energy level. The dogs are fostered until an appropriate permanent home is found.
Our Process Includes:
1. Select the dog that most interests you.
2. Spend some time interacting with the dog. If you already have a dog in your household, it is wise to bring your dog over to the Adoption Center to meet the dog you have selected.
3. Fill out an adoption application form (note: filling out an application DOES NOT guarantee an adoption).
4. A trained volunteer will review the application. Upon approval of the application, we will set up an appointment to visit your home to confirm that the fencing and gates are secure, and the yard is safe for the dog.
5. No dog is ever adopted from the program without a home check.
6. If more than one application is submitted for a given dog, our adoption committee will select the home that is best suited for the dog's needs.
7. The entire adoption process can take up to one week.
8. The adoption process is concluded when an Adoption Contract is completed.
9. We request a $150.00 tax-deductible adoption donation per dog.

If you can increase the donation fee for the animal you are adopting, please do so, if you cannot, please remember us during the holiday gift giving season and for donations of dog toys, dog beds, old blankets and other items all rescue groups need. But most importantly PLEASE remember to tell your friends who FALL IN LOVE with your dog (because they will) to ADOPT, don't breed or buy.