Encourage others to adopt.
Always do your research before adopting a Pit Bull or other breed.
Host a fundraiser at work or church.
Become a foster family.
Volunteer with a rescue group.
Take good care of your own dogs.
Spay and neuter your pets. Encourage others to do the same.
Become educated about the Pit Bull and help us dispel the myths.

There are so many ways to get involved, from donating a couple of bucks, to fostering. The best way to help is to be aware of what you are up against, whether you are an owner, or just a fan of the breed.

Would you like to become part of a rescue family? We are always looking for volunteers and foster homes to help us keep the rescue alive. Our foster parents and volunteers are the lifeblood of our rescue. EMAIL US for more information about fostering or volunteering, and become part of something wonderful!

Foster a Dog
Not sure about the life-long commitment of a dog? Foster one! One reason why so many Pit Bulls die in the shelters is not that there aren't enough homes for them, but that the homes aren't always ready for them. By taking in a Pit, even for a little while, you hugely increase their chance of life. Interested in fostering a dog? CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD OUR APPLICATION >
We are always looking for more dog lovers to help with the day to day running of the rescue. We need people for everything from transporting dogs to performing homechecks. We could use all the help we can get!
Donating isn't all about money, though money definitely helps! Have a bed that your puppy grew out of? Donate it. Have a dog food that your dog never liked? Donate it. The rescues and shelters need all the help that they can get to help make their animals more comfortable and improve their quality of life. Money is also a good option, as spaying, neutering, vet costs, boarding and food all add up. There is no such thing as too little. DONATE TODAY >

Your support helps make a difference in the lives of pets in need.
Sponsor one of our Rescues
Sponsoring is a commitment to a single rescue in our program. You receive a number of tangible benefits on top of the very fulfilling benefit of knowing that you are instrumental in saving a life.

If you are not ready to put time into a single cause like our organization, there are other ways that you can help the Pit Bull:

Obey Leash Laws. Contain your Dog
We cannot stress this enough. Please make sure that your fence is high enough and strong enough to contain your dog. He may be an absolute sweetie with your cat, but you don't know how he feels about the one next door. If he does get out and kill something, it's your fault, and it can only add to the bad press that the breed already receives.

Also, please abide by leash laws. They are there to protect your dog as well as those around him. If he gets attacked by another dog and retaliates, the fault will probably be ascribed to the Pit, even if it wasn't his fault. Please protect your dog.

Don't Breed or Buy
Have you taken a look in your local shelter lately? A huge percentage of homeless dogs are Pit Bulls, precisely because of their reputation. A recycled dog is just as good as a dog who comes with papers galore and blue ribbons streaming from its neck. Unless you are planning on showing the dog, there is little point in buying from a breeder who may well only be doing it for the profit. When you adopt a dog from a shelter, you are giving a dog who was not wanted a second chance at life, and maybe a first chance at a loving home. Why pay upwards of $500 to get a pedigree dog when you can pick one up from the shelter for less than $100?

By buying from a backyard breeder, you may well be getting a dog with many health problems - these people are in it for the money, not for preserving the integrity of the breed - they are not concerned about genetics at all. The most common reason people give for not wanting to adopt a dog from the shelter is that 'they don't want a dog that someone dumped because the dog had problems'. People don't just give up their dogs for problem behaviors... they give them up for many reasons.... and training a puppy is harder than training an adult dog.

Spay or Neuter your Dog
Back to the shelter issue - backyard breeders produce all these puppies hoping to make a quick buck, and when they find that this is not always the case, the puppies end up at a shelter, if they are lucky.

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