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NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

A new policy in Nashville will give dogs of all breeds a chance to find good homes. Until this year, Metro Animal Care and Control barred the adoption of pit bulls, meaning the unwanted animals were routinely put down.

But on Saturday, the department began adopting out adult pit bulls, which comes after it began adopting out pit bull puppies in June.

Since the change in policy, workers have adopted out 48 pit bull puppies.

Now, when the facility receives a pit bull, three staff members are trained to do behavioral assessments.

That means all animals will be adopted out based on behavior and health.

"Behavioral assessments are done to learn more about the animal so we can tell as much to the prospective new mom or dad as we possibly can. Again, it's about making that perfect match. So, the more we know about the animal, the better we can place them in the perfect forever home," said Rebecca Morris, with Metro Animal Care and Control.

Morris said they have three beautiful pit bulls on the adoption floor right now, and they have eight pit bull and Labrador retriever puppies.

For more information on how to adopt from Metro, visit: http://www.nashville.gov/Health-Department/Animal-Control.aspx.

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