Giving pups forever homes by changing the perception of pit bulls

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CLEVELAND, Ohio-- Some dogs are finding forever homes, thanks to a new program.

On any given day, there are about 60 dogs waiting to be adopted at the Cleveland City Kennel.  A majority of those dogs are pit bulls.

The City Kennel just received the 'Bright Ideas Award' for its City Dogs program. The kennel has increased its overall adoptions by changing the perception of pit bulls.  They take the dogs out of their cages and bring them into the community.

"Many of them are just absolutely wonderful, wonderful dogs. So, we decided to embrace it. Highlight the great pets that they, that many of them can be. And, we started all kinds of programs to get them out in the community so that people can see them. Our adoption numbers are way up for people that are seeing -- hey look, these can really be great dogs," said Ed Jamieson, chief animal control officer.

The kennel is now open seven days a week for anyone who wants to adopt a dog.