Love A Pit Rescue started back in 2007 as Love A Pit Placement Program. We worked with owners to help them find their loved fur babies new homes. We did the processing, and background checks for the new homes, and the owners got to have final say so on if they liked the home or not. That became successful for us. By the time we took on our first rescues (which was one at a time), in 2010 we already had a name out there for ourselves, and even though it was just a little, we already had some financial support to start. By the beginning of 2012 with no issues within our community, or the property, as we neared paying off the property, the property owner allowed us to up it to two dogs.
By 2012 and the new threshold of 2 dogs at a time, we were already making a bigger name for ourselves and being asked to help with other dogs. We began working hand in hand with LCAS on taking dogs from their shelter, and networking dogs for other shelters in the area. We started exploring a web site and our slogan "Paw in Hand, Together We'll Make A Difference" was introduced. We started building a relationship with Willamette Humane Society and started listing hard to place dogs from their service on our website. We already had dreams of a bigger rescue then what we had been doing, but we had level heads and knew we couldn't push it too big too fast.
2014 we paid the property off and filed for incorporation. By mid 2015 we were non profit and on our way to setting up the rescue for full blown operations. We had 3 dog runs and the panels for a fourth dog run before our 501c3 was in place. We filed for our Conditional Use Permit for a facility which was quickly shot down by our neighbors, number one complaint, "We don't want Pit Bulls in our community" (Although they had been here for almost 8 years without a single complaint or issue).
So the rescue was moved into our home, and converted to a pack style rescue, with outside runs for the nice weather seasons.
As the months went on, our ideas got better. We started growing and improving what we could do for the dogs. With every step we kept making things better and better for them while they were here. That general idea is still running and growing every year to help the dogs be more comfortable until they find their furever home....
Blankets, 2 Square meals a day, dog toys, chew bones, and all the other needs and wants a dog could want, to the extras they never knew they wanted. Late summer of 2014 we introduced a 300 gallon round stock tank as a pool for the dogs. We built steps for the dogs to get in and out easier, and was donated a pool pump to help keep it clean. With more support we started getting enough panels for play yards and extra kennels.
With the introduction of 3 more dog runs, we were up to just about the right amount of dog runs for all the dogs in our rescue. We have them now situated, but we are still working on shade covers for them. We have shade covers for the first 4 original dog runs. We introduced in 2017 automatic watering systems to the original 4 dog runs. We bought food grade 5 gallon buckets for the watering system to drop the water in and have been collecting Dogloo II's for the dog runs.
The introduction of play yards gave us the extra space we needed. Pictured is our first play yard which has been recently tilled (Spring 2018) and a solid wood shade structure built (after the valley's wind destroying 3 pop up shade structures. This play yard measuring 18 feet by 38 feet and is our largest yard and usually used for meeting new dogs and meets & greets. A second play yard has been introduced at 16 feet by 20 feet. We are two panels short of a third play yard at 16 feet by 20 feet. Automatic waterer's will be coming to the play yards and additional runs soon.