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Shelter offers adoption special to ease pit bull overcrowding

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KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -

Too many pit bulls are overcrowding the Kansas City Pet Project, the city's shelter.

Now the shelter, which is focused on optimal lifesaving and creating a no-kill community in the metro, is asking adopters to consider the breed that is often banned.

"We have around 101 pit bulls in the shelter right now," said Tori Fugate, marketing coordinator for the shelter.

The overcrowded animal shelter needs to find homes for its pit bulls quickly. However, it is a tough task because many metro cities don't allow them, like Independence and Kansas City, KS.

"A lot of Kansas communities have breed bans on pit bulls. So we see a big surge of them," Fugate said.

And many of the dogs have been dumped over the Kansas City line or picked up by animal control.

"It's very hard to find great homes for a lot of these dogs. Unfortunately, there is a perception about pit bulls," Fugate said.

Fugate said those who want to adopt should give them a chance.

"(There are) a lot of misconceptions about pit bulls. They are very social," Fugate said.

So to help curb the overcrowding, the shelter is offering a special for large dogs who are 50 pounds or more for $50, which includes a city license and microchip.

"Help us shed pounds at the shelter, so to speak," Fugate said.

Many of the pit bulls are staying in foster homes right now.

Those interested in adopting one of the dogs can check them out at http://kcpetproject.org/.

The adoption special runs until Jan. 20.

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