I have adopted animals from many rescue organizations over the years but I have never experienced the dedication to finding the perfect home for their dogs as I did with For The Love of Pits. When I fell in love with "Norman's" profile online, my husband and I made arrangements to meet him at his foster home. The following week I took 2 of my dogs to meet him. The next 2 weeks Norman came to our house twice to meet our dogs & cats one by one. Then Norman came back with a trainer who spent a couple hours working with me and all my pets to be sure placing Norman with my family would be best for everyone involved. Norman is somewhat of a "special needs" dog and FTLOP could not have been more careful making sure that we were the right fit for his needs. In a perfect world all rescues would have the time and resources to treat every adoption this way. I could not be more impressed with FTLOP and Norman! He is an amazing dog who was very fortunate to have been cared for by them - I honestly don't think there are many rescues who would have spent several years finding his perfect home. I can't say enough wonderful things about FTLOP and thank God every day for having this wonderful dog in my life!!
I also feel that FTLOP has made great progress in NE Ohio changing attitudes toward the bully breeds, by showing people what amazing dogs they can be and that Breed Specific Legislation must be abolished!!
I found my soul dog at For The Love Of Pits, and it will be 6 years tomorrow when I FINALLY was able to bring him home because of Lakewood, Ohio's ridiculous "Pit Bull" ban that was passed earlier in 2008. Took me about 6 months to finally find suitable and friendly rental housing for me and him, since I had to move out of the city I called home to bring him into my family. FTLOP knew how serious I was as an adopter for Preston. I am forever grateful that I found him and have been able to spend the last several years together. My only wish is that I found him sooner. Those first couple years he was there could've been spent relaxing in my home instead of taking a spot another dog could've benefitted from that was/is in a city/county shelter/kennel. Thank you FTLOP, keep up the good work!
When my husband found a pitbull tied to a tree in the woods he brought him home. He was so lovable but the stigma against this breed was more than we expected. We got connected with For the Love of Pits who were more than happy to educate us and give us the tools we needed to make this sweet dog a member of our family.
Thanks to For the Love of Pits, we've added a very sweet pitbull, Dillon, to our family. FTLOP rescued him from a horrible hoarding situation. They helped us with his health, adoption, training, and being responsible dog owners. Dillon is thriving and even received his Canine Good Citizen thanks to FTLOP!!
FLOP is a wonderful organization who saves awesome dogs and provides me up to date information. We are so lucky they saved a pit named Renee who we adopted from FLOP. She's the apple of our eye! FLOP's assessment of Renee provided the right information so we knew she'd be a good match to our life-style and fit in with our family. Renee is silly to make us laugh, but also knows when its time to work and behave. She passed the Canine Good Citizen test with flying colors. We are very sport oriented and Renee fits in nicely with that too - she's always up to give any sport a try. We are very thankful to FLOP for saving her and also accurately describing her so we could be certain she'd be a perfect fit into our family.
A few months ago I had a problem with my boys who are pit mixed. My boys are 8 and 9 years and neutered. My youngest was sold as an Am Staff but I found out from these people he must be mixed with something as he was to big. The problem had to do with middle of the night fighting on my bed which was getting more serious. I contacted For the Love of Pitts for help and advice. We talked on the phone and a decision was made that helped me keep both my boys and stopped the aggression. It seems my youngest has a sleep disorder so moving them to the floor at bed time solved the entire problem. My heartfelt thanks and gratitude go out to this group how helped keep my pack together with their knowledge and compassion.
I have 5 rescues. A found a dog deemed a pit-bull mix and could not keep him. Turned him into our local "dog shelter" - not realizing they would NOT put him up for adoption. They would KILL him unless someone claimed him. I posted my frantic plea on facebook and emails and Shana (God Bless Her!!) responded immediately with help. She got it moving... thru her networking, this beautiful dog was saved, fostered and adopted by his foster mom and is doing great..... Every chance I get, I spread the good word about "For the Love of Pits", Shana Klein, and all her wonderful volunteers and fosters. GOD BLESS THEM ALL!! Melissa Klawon, Painesville OH.