Santiago — Emerging Hero

Charity Partner: Dogs on Deployment
Location: Lagrangeville, New York

Santiago was found as a stray in the city of Poughkeepsie, NY. He was found by animal control officer Ray Santiago. Officer Santiago took a keen liking to this dog. After Officer Santiago’s sudden and unexpected death, Santiago ended up at a pit bull dog rescue in NY. He waited there for his forever family to come and find him. And find him, we did! From the moment we saw him we fell in love with his sweet disposition. We knew he would make a great addition to our already large family of four legged members. In addition to fitting in perfectly with the other dogs in the home, he is helping to break stereotypes of pit bull type dogs. He has been featured as a ‘family dog’ in several campaigns from Lands’ End, to Macys, to House Beautiful! He has starred in several video spots as well. These range from a PSA about pit bulls (The Majority Project) to Huffington Post Live, to Frontline, as well as many others. Getting so much attention and fame comes second to his favorite part of being Santiago- getting pet and loved on by many children after he performs in frisbee shows! Breaking the stigma of being a pit bull doesn’t come easy, but Santiago doesn’t know that! He just lives everyday to the fullest! We try to do proud by the name he was given (after officer Santiago). Who knew this dog would do so much! He lives everyday just being himself.