The plight of these amazing dogs sometimes seems like a losing battle, but the positivity and resilience of rescues such as For The Love of Pits gives my faith in humanity a boost. They do great and important work.
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 had known I wanted to be a foster parent for a long time. I began researching rescue groups in the area to see which one matched up with my morals, personality, and other criteria. I had been following a few rescue groups online for about 6 months before I saw For The Love of Pits post a dog. She eventually became our first foster. They were in need of a foster home for her quickly and I remember nervously filling out the foster application. By the time she came to live with us, FTLOPs had already given us an abundance of guidance, knowledge and education on this particular dog and the breed, training, and expectations in general. I am floored by the support we have been given. We have since taken in additional fosters and continue to receive anything we or the dogs need. FTLOPs is more than just a rescue group. They are eager to educate the public, increase awareness of the issues pit lovers face, along with providing top notch care. Although we had a rocky start with one of our fosters medically, FTLOPs has made becoming a foster parent such a wonderful "job" in our lives. I enjoy it very much.
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.
When my sister told me that she was having trouble owning a Pitbull mix due to prejudices against Pitbulls in her neighborhood, I took action by supporting the end of BSL through writing letters, emailing city governments, etc. Along the way, I met the president of For the Love of Pits at a training class that I enrolled my rescued racing greyhounds in. I was very impressed by the care that this organization took with the training and socialization of the dogs. I am a firm believer that all dogs need training and socialization, but that rescued dogs especially need guidance and love.For the Love of Pits does just that. As a petsitter for the past 12 years, I see many modes of care for all breeds of dog. For the Love of Pits definitely follows a great positive reinforcement path that helps dogs- many of their dogs earn CGC status.This is a fantastic group of dedicated dog lovers.
Two years ago I acquired a Pit Bull that I found on the street. I was looking for a support group and found For the Love of Pits. I have followed them the past year and a half and am amazed at their dedication to this misunderstood breed. The people who run this organization are so committed and do so much to not only rescue, place and fundraise but host events throughout Cuyahoga County to raise awareness on the plight of the Pit Bull, which is a very loving and obedient dog. For the Love of Pits staff give 150% to the dogs they rescue whether or not they have the funds or the capacity. I can't say enough about their work.
Several years ago I was a volunteer at the local humane shelter. 15 pitbulls had been rescued from an abandoned house and were being housed at the shelter. At that time, breed discrimination laws made it very difficult to adopt pitbulls. For the Love of Pits rescued all of the dogs and puppies and eventually found good homes for them. I was incredibly grateful for their support. This is a small rescue but the amount of work they do on behalf of the breed is amazing. I believe For the Love of Pits has single-handedly changed legislation about pitbulls in Ohio. I am so proud to be a volunteer with For the Love of Pits.
I began volunteering For the Love of Pits about two years ago and I have learned so much about the breed through them and how much they truly are misunderstood. When I started volunteering I only had three Pit Bulls and now I currently have four and because of this organization I have a better understanding of my dogs and how to raise them. They are my family and I want to make sure they are happy. FTLOP are great educators as well as supporters! I might not be able to give up as much time as I would like to for them, but I am truly blesses to be apart of this wonderful organization and I can only hope to have more time in the future to help them like they've helped me!
We fostered two pit bulls from FTLOP for extended periods of time and third for a week until his foster was ready. FTLOP is very careful in the dogs they rescue to make sure they're have a good temperament, but they attempt to rescue as many dogs as possible while adhering to their standards. They also are very careful in the people they choose to foster and to adopt, to give both dogs and people the best chance to succeed and to have the best experience possible. When we fostered, everything we needed was provided, as well as copious amounts of information and even a dog therapist/psychologist/trainer when needed. Everyone we've met in the organization was friendly and helpful. Any time we needed help, it came almost instantly. We had no previous experience with having a dog or with pit bulls and loved both. The only reason we didn't adopt either dog is that we're moving to a rental house that doesn't allow pets. FTLOP is also very active in trying to get BSL removed and to educating people about how wonderful pit bulls are. They are a quality organization! I can't recommend them highly enough.