April is Pitbull Awareness Month!

Stop in the shelter to meet some amazing pitbulls that have been adopted from FOA throughout the month!  We are asking owners that have adopted one of these loving dogs to bring them in one day this month to meet and greet anyone in the shelter that day!  If you have adopted one please call us at 879-1655 or email foakaty@gmail.com to set up a time to come in!

In the mean time here are some inspiring stories from around the world all with pitties at the center of them!




Friends of Animals would like to introduce you to Kobe!



This is a sad story of a dog who was caught in a deadly 220 body-gripping trap.  It is a story of what can happen if the dog is not found immediately or does not die immediately from the trap encounter.    

Kobe's incident happened south of Moose Lake.  The trapper set a baited and scented trap out to catch bobcat.  What he caught was a 7 year-old husky.  It’s unknown how many days Kobe was caught with his face in this trap because the current regulations allow a trapper to check this type of trap only once every three days.  Poor Kobe!  I can only imagine the pain and sheer terror he must have felt being caught and helpless.  Normally, this type of trap would kill the animal, but Kobe survived! 

The trapper contacted a DNR official who then contacted an Animal Control Officer. Even though he was at death’s door, he wagged his tail.  Kobe’s head was swollen to 3X its normal size when he arrived at the local Cloquet Veterinarian.  Kobe’s eyes were infected and there were huge gashes on both the left and right sides of his face from the sheer force of this trap. The tissue on his cheeks sloughed off due to nerve damage and he has been undergoing debriding procedures to help his skin stay healthy and clean.  In addition, his eyes needed to be taken out.




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