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Pit Bull ‘Mama’ rescued after spending 15 months abandoned in an orchard

 After numerous posts about an abandoned dog in rural California, someone finally decided to take action.

In April of this year, the dog was first seen on social media. She was sleeping under solar panels and wandering by the road in search of food.


Despite being fed by passers-by, Mama the Pit Bull was subjected to the elements, disease, and traffic on a daily basis. Many hazards and unknowns awaited this orchard-roaming dog.

But Danny Spanks of Safefurr Place Rescue was not about to let it happen.


Previous rescue attempts had failed since Mama was no longer used to being around people. She had been betrayed and abandoned, and her trust needed to be rebuilt gradually.

Danny began visiting her every day after learning about her in December 2019. Mama began to look forward to seeing Danny after four months of these trips. Every day, she waited in the same area at the same time, awaiting her new buddy.


Not surprisingly, Mama began following Danny around in search of food. The hot dogs were the catalyst for their friendship. The Pit Bull would jump about and try to play with her savior, but she wouldn't let him pet her.


Danny learnt Mama's story three months into his frequent visits. After giving birth to a litter of puppies, she was abandoned at a gas station. That happened in January of 2019.

It was evident from the start that saving this wandering orchard dog would take time and care. Mama was gradually desensitized to a trap by the rescuers. Mama's time as a stray came to an end in March 2020. Saving Strays K9 Search and Rescue collaborated with Safefurr Place Rescue to offer the abandoned gentle giant a fresh lease on life.


It's no surprise that Mama's attitude to a new surroundings wasn't all love and happiness after everything she's been through. She was used to being free, and the orchard had been her home for 15 months. She wasn't used to the leash, other people, or dogs when she arrived at Spanks' place, so she had to be kept in a kennel.

She still doesn't like being on a leash and isn't delighted with the limited area, but she enjoys spending time with Dan's other dogs. She also has no qualms about stealing cookies from Danny's hand.


Mama is on her way to becoming a happy dog, despite the fact that things aren't perfect yet. She is receiving the attention and affection she requires, and everyone is working together to achieve a common objective. The ultimate goal is for her to be able to run freely with other dogs and interact with humans.


Happy family life will become her new reality as soon as she is more trustworthy and no longer a flight risk.

So, what became of Mama's puppies?

They were most likely stored and subsequently sold. We hope they had better luck and ended up in loving homes.

The former orchard Pittie will need reconditioning, as well as lots of love and attention, until she is ready to totally trust us again.

Danny will continue to work with her for as long as it takes.