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Players For Pits

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals

Mission: Animal rescue organization

Programs: Animal rescue & adoption organization

Community Stories

19 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

***BEWARE OF THIS RESCUE*** As someone who had spent numerous hours of my personal time fostering rescue dogs with this rescue, I am appalled by how this rescue operates. They do not believe in transparency, so there is no way to confirm how donations are spent. As a two time adopter from this rescue, I was abruptly removed from their adopters support group. From what I witnessed during my time with this rescue, if you are a volunteer, foster, or adopter and you speak up or ask questions you are shamed as being toxic and/or unsupportive. Think twice before donating your time or money.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I adopted from Players for Pits almost three years ago. The entire experience was nothing short of amazing. My dog was in rough shape when they got him and they spent thousands of dollars and ignored multiple vets who told them to put him down. In the end, there was nothing serious wrong with him except malnutrition and abuse from his previous owners. Today he is healthy and happy and he has gotten me involved in the rescue community where I’ve found a place for myself and a true calling. I’ve also had a first-hand look at the vitriol rescues have to put up with from people who don’t like the way they do business or don’t like the time it takes to get back to them or are pissed that they won’t save every dog from every bad situation or have any number of ridiculous reasons to be mad, all of which are mostly petty or histrionic. Rather than use their time and energy on something positive of their own, these people channel their negativity and resentments into tearing down an organization that is run by volunteers who aren’t perfect and aren’t going to be able to please everyone all the time but are doing their best to save the most vulnerable dogs in Chicago. If Players doesn’t do things the way YOU would do them, find a rescue that does. Or create your own. But don’t tear down an organization that is saving and changing lives just because you didn’t get what you wanted. They are making a difference. What are you doing?

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Best rescue I have ever worked with. I adopted my pittie through PFP and I cannot believe how dedicated they are to ensuring they do the right thing for every dog they come across. The vets they partner with are always continually impressed by the lengths they go to for each dog medically. They truly are dedicating to saving both the easier dogs and the more challenging dogs. The founder is incredibly focused on ethics and does anything she can - including constantly going into her own pocket - to help animals. There is a certain person who keeps making fake profiles to write bad reviews because she was told she needed to return a dog to the rescue after admitting to cruelly misusing a shock collar on the dog. So be aware of the source on those crazy reviews.

My experience with PFP and the things I’ve witnessed them do for the community is nothing short of amazing.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I adopted from Players for Pits just over a year ago and it was such a wonderful experience. They responded to my email in a timely manner, walked me through the adoption process, and helped me learn how to transition my new dog into my family.

Shortly after I adopted I began fostering something I’ve never done before. I had nothing but support and guidance as I started my foster journey. It has been such an amazing experience to be surrounded by so many people who just want to help the dogs and the community. With so much negativity in the world PFP is such a breath of fresh air of positivity.

I HIGHLY recommend Players for Pits to everyone. PFP is a great organization doing their part to help the bully bred community.

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Donor

Rating: 1

Reached out to this rescue for help with a dog. First trying to see if they would take the dog and then afterwords trying to get referrals from them for other organizations that we could reach out to. They were incredibly rude, unprofessional, and in my opinion a sad excuse for a rescue. I will no longer be donating money to this organization or supporting them in any manner.

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Volunteer

Rating: 1

Notice all the totally positive reviews from the last month or two? That’s because I have been exposing the fraud that Players for Pits is and the self-dealing the Executive Director has been doing and how none of their financials actually add up. The ED buys Cubs season tickets with rescue funds, saying it is a “fundraising opportunity,” yet she attends a third or more of the games, gives away other games, and only raffles off a handful. They raise thousands of dollars for their medical pulls, then refuse to have them properly diagnosed and treated. They adopt out dogs with known defects, leaving the adopter to pay. And their financial reports are incomplete and/or missing. For more, detailed information, check out my Facebook posts: https://www.facebook.com/beth.shubert.77

2 Laurie M.6

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had an excellent experience adopting from Players for Pits! I cannot thank them enough for taking in my Rory and giving her a chance. The support we have received as adopters has been incredible.

Adopting from them has led me to choosing to become a volunteer and foster with the organization. The heart, blood, sweat, and tears that the founder and leads put into this rescue is amazing and I feel honored to be a part of it.

So not only did I get my amazing dog; I now get to be a part of the amazing rescue that continues to get better and better.

4 Chris H.16

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I discovered Players for PIts a few years ago when I was looking to do more with my spare time that made a difference in this confusing world. Man did I find the right organization. Players for Pits gives second chances to those dogs that have been overlooked, abused, and forgotten. My family has been fostering now for over 1.5 years and the happiness you see in these dogs faces when they get home to you is amazing and that is all because of the dedication and passion of everyone at Players for Pits.

In this confusing world where everyone wants to tear things down and complain, Players for Pits brings some good to these dogs that just wanted a second chance at giving love. I would recommend anyone to donate just a few moments of their time, a few dollars, or find their next furry family member at Players for Pits!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Players for pits is one the best rescues in the Chicagoland area. You will never find another group of more dedicated volunteers and fosters than them. They put everything they have, heart and sole into this rescue and helping the dogs of Chicago. I HIGHLY recommend this rescue to anyone looking to adopt

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

There are very little rescues out there that have the true drive and passion to save animals like players for pits does. The whole process is revolved around what is doing best for the dog and ensuring they end up in a forever home. They put the dogs needs first and that is truly remarkable. This rescue offers support to both fosters and adopters no matter how long it’s been since you adopted from them. Once a pfp dog, always a pfp dog. There is contacts given upon adoption and Facebook groups your added too that really make you feel like your apart of the best little community ever. I can’t say enough nice things about this rescue and I am honored I get to be apart of the pfp family.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My family adopted from Players For Pits. The process can be slow but they are working with many urgent dogs and hopefully are taking their time to find good homes for each dog. Once the process gets moving it is quite easy. There is a wonderful community of adopters that you can ask questions to once you adopt. Stephanie and her team also monitor the group and are always there to help if you have urgent questions! I was very happy with the end result and would adopt from them again. This is a family.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I have not only adopted 2 dogs from this rescue but continue to occasionally foster for them. One of my favorite things about this rescue is the sense of the community the adopters have. There are platforms to ask questions, seek advice from experts and other adopters and often time the people bring an out of the box approach.

As far as fostering is concerned, the foster parents are allowed time to get the know the dog (there is never a push to just get them into adoptive homes, they are allowed the time they need to work with the dog making them their most adoptable self), help find the right adoptive parents and are never shamed for asking for help. I still keep in contact regularly with many of previous fosters and that is extremely encouraged by the organization.

The group of volunteers here are top notch, if you looking for a rescue that really cares about the dogs and the homes in which they are placed into, you have found your rescue.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

PFP is amazing. We have adopted 2x from this organization and have had the best support and resources available to us.

We adopted our first dog with allergies and a heart problem and our second dog with anxiety. Knowing we have these amazing fosters and volunteers to help us through our tough days has been wonderful.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

If you are looking to adopt a dog, do not even consider this place. The whole organization is a facade. The owner is only in it for herself and how many "medical cases" the organization can take on to look good in the rescue world and general public. They spend no time teaching their fosters how to properly take care of their temp family member. If you try to invest your time and money caring and training your foster, you will get scolded for not 'following policy' because you are not using their training methods... which are non-existent. You know the tragic fire that happened Jan 14, 2019? PFP used that trainer and facility knowing full well the red flags involved. If there was not a foster to take on a dog, PFP would place them in that facility until "space" opened up. Most of the dogs never found their "space" because there weren't fosters available. The dogs in that facility were not being trained or taken care of, and losing weight and their hair. The owner of PFP knew about these issues and refused to make these concerns a priority. Bottom line is this rescue is a joke. Please do yourself a favor and adopt from a rescue that actually takes the time to vet their applicants rather than quickly placing dogs in families that are unable to fully handle them. Another tip; If you are looking to rescue ask; How many of the dogs that have been adopted were returned back to the rescue? You'd be surprised at the number of returned dogs PFP had to take back.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

We also sent numerous emails and an application without ever receiving any response. The poor dog has been listed for adoption for awhile and still is. Will go to CACC directly

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

They never responded. I sent two emails and an instagram message and it has been almost a week. Very disappointed.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

If you've been told they have a universal 'renters policy' and that is the basis for your rejection, it is a lie. They have no such policy, as confirmed by the founder, and frequently adopt out to renters, so I implore you to dig deeper and demand honesty and accountability from this rescue.


In response to the comment:
I'm not Lisa. I saw Lisa's comment and felt dismayed that you all lied to yet another person. I'd be happy to provide screenshots of the emails in which Stephanie said you do not adopt out to people in apartments even with explicit landlord approval because of your "Renter's Policy". You have repeated this lie to multiple people. The least you could do is be honest with your reasoning for denial or even just not give one at all, either choice is better than deception.

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playersforpits 06/27/2018

Hi erin, Your application was denied because you were not able to provide our basic standards for adopting a puppy. In your opposing review as Lisa, we explained to you that we could not adopt out a puppy to you due to your landlord's weight limit. Please stop trolling our pages.

4 Lisa MJ G.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

Since Players for Pits, NFP does not allow reviews on any site they are affiliated with (convenient), I am forced to resort to a comment about my experience.

It is with a heavy heart I have to leave such a negative comment/review of an organization I was really excited to find.

Last weekend my boyfriend and I met a wonderful little pit named Pauly (currently available for adoption). He is absolutely the sweetest boy I've ever met. After meeting him we were encouraged to apply to adopt him.

After applying I followed up and received a message from someone who, long story short, refused to confirm receipt of our application, said they didn't have one for us, and basically said there are too many applications in for him. This sounded, to me, like they are more concerned about the order of applications vs. who is best suited to give this beautiful boy a loving home. I was also told to apply for Pauly's sister JWoww because we'd have a better chance of getting her.

As annoyed as I was, I let it go with hopes we'd still maybe be in the running for Pauly.

This morning I received another email from a different woman giving me allllll the hope in the world that we still had a chance.
However, I have just been informed they have a "No Renters" policy that is communicated in 0 places online - including the application survey. Which also means I couldn't get Pauly, JWoww, or any other puppy - even if I tried.

I feel as though this is a crucial piece of information to communicate to people. I have combed every site for this policy and I can confidently say I have not found it stated anywhere.
These policies should be stated clearly upfront ... if they even exist. Honestly, I don't know if these are actual policies at this point or if it just something said to disqualify people.

It breaks my heart to say this, but I am very displeased and unhappy with my experience with Players for Pits. What should have been an exciting and happy experience bringing a puppy into our family has turned into a situation of stress and unhappiness.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My mom passed away on October 2nd, 2014. She was my world, my other half, my best friend. I woke up everyday to just go through the motions of life, I was waiting to die so I could be with her again. Players For Pits posted a mama and her 3 babies that needed a quite home for them to recover and grow. That is where I started, they were where volunteering my time, myself began. That was back in December 2015. 8 fosters and many events later here I am. Here I am with my heart full again. Players For Pits filled the empty space in my heart my mom left, they filled the time I was wasting away, they gave me my purpose to get up and live life again. Giving my love, myself, and my whole hearted passion to this rescue has saved me.

Review from #MyGivingStory