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Mission: Our mission is to bring communities together by leadership, education, rescue of the American Pit Bull Terrier and other dogs, community involvement, and awareness. We are an Animal Welfare Organization. We are dedicated and committed to: *Educating the general public, media, lawmakers, and others on the American Pit Bull Terrier [the real Pit Bull] *Promote and teach responsible dog ownership *Rescue and re-home American Pit Bull Terriers and other dogs whom, were abandoned, neglected, abused and/or surrendered *To support the community needs relating to the benefit and welfare of the dog(s) *Primarily, work with the individual dog and to help the individual dog owner who are willing to help us, help them, all for the betterment and welfare of the Dog(s) *Bringing communities together to strengthen the responsible dog owner's rights *Opposing BSL (Breed Specific Legislation) in all forms. We will, also, legally oppose any legislation either currently on the books or in the form of a bill that we feel is unfair and/or impedes on the rights of the responsible dog owner. *Support and to help enact more legislative penalties against criminals and irresponsible dog owners for animal cruelty, neglect, abandonment, irresponsible actions and in-actions alike. Our vision is to one day restore the image of the American Pit Bull Terriers to their glory days as America's dog! In furtherance, we will help restore human accountability and responsibility in relation to, the dog!

Target demographics: Pit Bulls and other dogs who are abused, neglected, abandoned, and/or in the high kill animal shelters

Geographic areas served: Serving the State of Florida, primarily the greater Tampa Bay area

Programs: once rescuing the dogs, they are taken to a licensed veterinarian to evaluate and assess their medical needs and to begin the vetting process. Once medically cleared, they then become available for adoption.

Community Stories

12 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

PBHR consists of extremely dedicated volunteers & fosters families who together work to assist in saving the lives of animals. Although the focus has been on the Pit Bull, PBHR will step up and save any breed when they can. There is also an emphasis on education of the breed and fighting BSL. I am proud to be part of this team!

1 Kim_157

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have never seen a more caring and compassionate rescue for this breed than Pit Bull Happenings,they have a piece of my heart and always will by the way they treat their dogs like family and go above and beyond!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have been involved in the rescue community for several years now. I have yet to meet another rescue like Pit Bull Happenings Rescue. Their goal is not only save lives but to educate the community. When you interact with them they make sure you understand the breed and do not sugar coat anything. They are one of few that provides the foster homes with everything the dog needs and even help the community when all they need to keep their beloved pet is assistance. Pit Bull Happenings Rescue is definitely one of a kind, with amazing volunteers and leaders. It is by far one of the best rescue I have seen in a long time!!

1 Sharla F.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Dedicated volunteers, awesome dogs. I've been volunteering for nearly a year and am very impressed with the acumen, dedication, knowledge, and professionalism of PBHR's longstanding volunteers and officers.

1 Jim'nPatti E.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Such an awesome rescue! We fostered and ultimately adopted a dog from Pit Bull Happenings Rescue. They are so dedicated to educating the world about Pit Bulls, but also dogs in general. I love that they are advocates for ADULT dogs and not focused on the cute little puppies. So many adult dogs need loving homes and PBHR does everything possible to find homes for them! A really dedicated rescue! GREAT team of volunteers who keep things going for the dogs!! They rock!!!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Pit Bull Happenings has educated me beyond my description about the beauty and plight of Pit Bulls and the misunderstanding of these amazing, beautiful, loyal, loving dogs! This Rescue has shown me firsthand that they will go to great lengths to save the dogs and unite them with loving families! I have been blessed with fostering dogs for them and have received SO MUCH LOVE and fulfillment from that experience. With Pit Bull Happenings, what you see is what you get. True dedication to saving and finding homes for each and every dog. And amazing work toward teaching us through the ongoing events and hard work of Eric and his volunteer staff! It is a 24 hour operation that never seems to stop and rest! The knowledge, acceptance and love for these dogs IS spreading thanks to the consistent, ongoing efforts! Thanks, Eric!

1 Lauren90

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love this rescue! These are regular people doing amazing things everyday! Although it is a pitbull rescue, they do more than just rescue. They have a mission to be the voice of not only the dogs they care for but for the breed as a whole. They respect all who pass through human and canine alike, they spend individualized time with each dog and address all their needs as well as the needs of each foster parent /home. Just add importantly they educate the public with accurate facts to help combat negative and often inaccurate media coverage! Thank you PBHR! You rock!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I have volunteered since the founding of this wonderful organization. They have come a long way and work so hard. They have a great team of volunteers who are all professional and positive! Despite the name, they do not discriminate against other breeds as they have rescued many off breeds! Education is held paramount. All around great organization! Get involved... they are doing a mountain of work for the greater good!

1 Esther8

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer with PBHR for about one year & absolutely love it. They are a small but great group of volunteers, always looking for more dedicated volunteers to join the "family". This group has a positive plan for growth & are willing to use all types of events not only to raise funds, get their rescues seen & hopefully adopted but to educate the public as much as possible - I know I have learned a lot from this group about how to handle large dogs & that Pit Bulls are absolute love bugs. Although a pit bull rescue, they are not breed specific but obviously they would be a priority. If you are anywhere in Florida please fill out a volunteer application, you never know but we may have others in your area interested in being a part of this wonderful organization, there are many ways to be a part of our Pit Bull Happenings Rescue.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Outstanding, they are very professional in their approach, handle their dogs better than most other groups. I can see the care and love they give the dogs seeking homes. They an excellent job educating the public.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is an excellent non-profit rescue doing wonderful things. They are always professional and positive. Education is held very highly! They have saved many dogs of many different breeds. They don't discriminate. They rescue from their hearts, while using their heads. They always go above and beyond.