The Champions

"The Champions" is an inspirational story about the pit bulls rescued from the brutal fighting ring of former Atlanta Falcon’s star quarterback Michael Vick, and the organizations who risked everything to save them, despite pressure from PETA and The Humane Society to euthanize the dogs. It is a story of second-chances, redemption and hope. This uplifting documentary takes us on a journey about much more than just dogs—about prejudice, being misunderstood, the power of resilience, and the significance of the relationship we as humans have with animals. Featuring the lifesaving work of Best Friends Animal Society.

  • The Champions
    1h 32m — 1 text track

    The Champions

    1h 32m — 1 text track

    All odds were stacked against the pit bulls rescued from NFL star quarterback Michael Vick’s notorious dogfighting ring. Forced to fight for their lives, they were considered so dangerous both PETA and the Humane Society of the United States wanted them euthanized. But no one could have predicte...

  • The Champions Official Trailer
    2m 34s — 1 text track

    The Champions Official Trailer

    2m 34s — 1 text track

    All odds were stacked against the pit bulls rescued from NFL star quarterback Michael Vick’s notorious dogfighting ring. Forced to fight for their lives, they were considered so dangerous both PETA and the Humane Society of the United States wanted them euthanized. But no one could have predicte...

  • Play Groups & Pit Bulls

    12m

    Staff at Best Friends socialize pit bulls during regular play groups at Best Friends Pet Adoption and Spay Neuter Center in Mission Hills, CA.

  • Discrimination Against Dogs

    18m

    "Tillie," a dog-fighting survivor, is taken for a visit to the Rhode Island State House, in an effort to influence legislators to change laws that discriminate against dogs rescued from fighting.

  • Extended Version - Best Friends No Kill Animal Sanctuary Intro

    3m 4s

    In the full-length documentary, The Champions, we didn't have time to include the longer version of the intro to Best Friends amazing no-kill animal sanctuary in Kanab, Utah and unfortunately had to cut it down, but this is our favorite version!

  • Saving Pit Bulls in Los Angeles

    5m 29s

    Two friendly pit bulls get to take a freedom ride after they are pulled from a city shelter in Los Angeles, California by a staff member of Best Friends Animal Society

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  • The Champions
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    The Champions

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    "The Champions" is an inspirational story about the pit bulls rescued from the brutal fighting ring of former Atlanta Falcon’s star quarterback Michael Vick, and the organizations who risked everything to save them, despite pressure from PETA and The Humane Society to euthanize the dogs. It is a...