Thursday, December 12, 2019

12.13.19 November Volunteer of the Month- Meet Katie



November 2019 Volunteer of the Month- 

Meet Katie!


How did you find out about Minnesota Pit Bull Rescue?

I was searching online for other animal rescue organizations to volunteer at and found out about Minnesota Pit Bull Rescue.

Why did you decide to volunteer for MPBR?

I started volunteering for MPBR because I love animals and wanted to give back to the community. Also, I know people who have pit bulls and talk about how loving and sweet they are and I wanted to help change the negative stigma surrounding the breed.

How long have you been volunteering with the rescue?

I’ve been volunteering for about 5-6 months now.

What was the last thing you volunteered for?

Right now, because of my schedule, I usually am only doing reference checks. However, if my schedule changes, I would like to help out more in the organization. 


Do you have any pets of your own?

We used to have 3 poodles, but had to to put 2 down a little over 4 years ago and the last one down this last March.

How would your pets describe you?

I think they would describe me as a wonderful person who loves animals and willing to help any animal out in a pinch. They would say I’m a bit crazy when it comes to dogs as well, but that’s what they love about me. 







Where is your favorite dog-friendly place to take your pups?

Usually it was to the dog park or to any park in general.

When you're not surrounded by dogs, what can you be found doing?
I love photography. In fact, I would love to get into the pet photography business and work with all kinds of animals taking their portraits and mainly work at getting candid moments of pets and possibly include their owners as well, but I would do some posed portraits too. I also am into card making and other arts and crafts. I also volunteer at other places including another animal rescue (Happy Tails Rescue) in Fridley and a Career and Life Transition Program helping out the teachers and staff in anyway they need.

Do you have a favorite memory that happened while you were volunteering?

I don’t have a favorite memory, but my most memorable moments are some of the conversations I’ve had with references and the laughs as we get through the questions for either adoption, foster, and/or volunteering applicant’s references. I love hearing about their dogs personalities and some of the funny moments that might get mentioned.

Do you have any advice for current or future volunteers?

I would say that to keep an open mind. I know that when I first was thinking of volunteering here, one of my references was adamant that pit bulls are these mean dogs that the willingness to attack at any moment, without provoking, is so bred into their genes that they aren’t able to get that personality trait bred out of them. That is actually what her old vet for one of her past dogs said. Know that you may not change the whole world’s point of view of pit bulls, but you can certainly help by showing the public that they aren’t the breed of dogs that society has made out to be; so, you may be able to change one person’s point of view and/or thoughts about pit bulls which might prompt them into adopting a pit bull which will change the world through the pit bulls eyes. You would be/are creating an environment that would be not as focused on the bad qualities and see past the media/society view to the actual real dog’s personality. 

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Each month an active volunteer is featured on our website & receives a gift card as a thank you. This is just a small way for us to show our appreciation for the dedication our volunteers have for this rescue. We are 100% volunteer based and we couldn’t do this without each and every one of our members 

Interested in volunteering? Check out some info here

If you’re interested in helping us with the donation to our volunteers, click here.

12.12.19 Soaring Copper



Copper says this week is like him, it’s soaring by! 

This handsome guy sure loves his toys but he could love you even more! Apply to meet our Dog of the Month at www.mnpitbull.com. Interested in learning more about our Dog of the Month? Click here.

12.11.12 Sponsor a Dog!


Sponsor a Dog, it's a great #holiday gift ☃️

Don't have time to volunteer, foster or adopt? 
Do you want to make a donation in honor of someone? 

All donations are tax deductible and we have several options available that will fit your budget- with multiple MPBR swag options! 

Check it out here.

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

12.10.19 Featured Foster of the Month- Meet Brianna



November 2019 FOSTER OF THE MONTH-

Meet Brianna!




Gracie
Who was your first foster?

Gracie. She is the most perfect dog!

Who is your current foster?

Sansa
No one currently. Sansa (now known as Ruby) just went to her new forever home right before Thanksgiving.


Why did you start fostering for MPBR?

I started fostering with MPBR because of Gracie. Gracie came to MN from Tennessee through another rescue that I help with occasionally. She was to only spend a couple days with me and then continue her journey up to St. Cloud to a Humane Society for adoption. At drop off I met Joan who was supposed to take Gracie the last leg of her journey to St. Cloud. Handing Gracie over to Joan knowing that she was going to a Humane Society and not a home broke my heart and I started crying. Joan thankfully stepped in and reached out to Laura (the President of MPBR) and in a matter of a couple hours Gracie was back with me. It was with our family that Gracie stayed for the month prior to finding her forever home. She was able to be loved on and play with her foster sisters instead of sitting in a kennel. Gracie is the perfect dog in all ways, and I am so happy she found her happily ever after she deserves!


When your friends/family find out you volunteer with MPBR, what do they say or ask?

They aren’t surprised but I do get asked many questions as to why I chose Pit Bulls and not another breed or rescue, especially since I have a toddler. Instead of being frustrated over the stereotypes Pit Bulls face, I get to show the fosters dogs the love they deserve. I get to help break that stereotype little by little. That I would say is one of my favorite parts of working with MPBR.

How long have you been volunteering with Minnesota Pit Bull Rescue?

I have been fostering for one year.

Do you have any pets?

Yes, two beautiful spoiled doomans (dog/humans). Zora (4 ½ years) Coonhound/Treeing Walker & Luna (4 years) Boxer mix 
Luna & Zora




When you're not surrounded by dogs, what can you be found doing? 

Enjoying time with my family and friends. Either playing softball, or enjoying cabin life. I also usually have a book or two I am reading. 

Where is your favorite dog friendly place to take your pups? 

Softball games, as well as our cabins. Anywhere they can play Frisbee, swim and run!

Do you have a favorite memory with one of your fosters? 

Oh so many! Gracie – the sweet-natured pup. Who came with me to work a few days no leash needed. She would lay by my feet when I started to talk to others/meeting because she knew it could be awhile. Half my co-workers did not even know there was a dog in the room. Gracie stole the heart of all my co-workers and they still talk about her heart nose.

Tillie
Tillie was my first tripod. Although a tripod, it didn’t slow her down. She zoomed everywhere and I swear I almost had a heart attach a few times she ran down those deck stairs.

Mike – His willingness to let me take photos of him dressed in sunglasses and all.
Mike






Everlie



Everlie and her non-stop energy and sass. That girl knew what she wanted.

Sansa was my biggest cuddle pup. She was my shadow and just wanted to cuddle up and nap on me/or my pups whenever she could.


Do you want to give a shout out to anyone in the rescue? 

Joan Lindquist – Thank you for introducing me to MPBR and for giving me the chance to foster Gracie and find the perfect forever home for her!

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Each month one of our foster pawrents receives a gift card as a thank you.This is our small way of showing appreciation for the dedication our volunteers have to this rescue. Minnesota Pit Bull Rescue is 100% volunteer based- no shelters here! Each dog we are able to save is because a foster is willing to open their home for us 

Interested in becoming a Foster with MPBR? Click here for more information. Would you be interested in helping us by donating a gift card? Click here!

12.7.19 Guess Who's Coming to MPBR?!


Guess who’s coming to MPBR?! The Snack Pack’s mom, Phoebe! That’s right, we can guarantee this girl is done having puppies and is headed toward living her best life 💚 Phoebe is only 1 years old so she has everything to look forward to. Who’s ready to meet this sweet girl? We’re accepting applications & will schedule a meet & greet when she gets here. Apply at www.mnpitbull.com.

Friday, December 6, 2019

12.6.19 Adopt Tenzig!



Tenzig is perfect addition for someone out there. We even think this sweet boy would do well with felines! 


House trained  
Good with Dogs  
Good with Kids  
Kennel trained  

Apply to meet Tenzig @ www.mnpitbull.com 🐾 

Thursday, December 5, 2019

12.5.19 Dog of the Month- Copper


It's December and that means there's a new Dog of the Month at MPBR!  
His name is Copper and he's such a handsome guy! 


What exactly does 'Dog of the Month' mean, though? 

Every month, Minnesota Pit Bull Rescue recognizes one dog that has been in our program a little longer than others to be listed as the Dog of the Month. Not much is different other than their adoption fee is waived. That means the normal adoption process is still followed- references checks, a home check, and training at a facility of the adopters choosing is still required. 

Go Copper, go!

Meet Copper

Nicknames: Copter, Copper Pot, Big Boi

Age: 3yrs

Weight 60-65lbs

Likes: Food....my food bowl....nylabones & benebones....toys....all the toys!!!

Dislikes: Not a huge fan of the snow yet

House trained & crate trained (stays in a plastic crate) - cannot have bedding in his kennel as he tears it up and does eat it. Occasionally barks in his crate but not excessively.

Dogs: Copper would do best in a home as the only dog.

Cats: Copper would do best in a home without cats.

Children: Copper would do best in a home with children 10 and up.

Additional info from his foster:
Copper is a very strong dog and seems as though he has had minimal handling or structure in his life. He gets easily overly stimulated with handling from his people which causes to become very forceful and jumpy with his actions. Copper is working on learning to maintain his composure through practicing relaxed behaviors and receiving calm attention from people. He is a dog who will need a physically strong person as he often acts like a bull in a china shop and is very unaware of his strength and size. Due to Copper’s exuberance for life it would be best that he live with only older children or adults. Copper’s foster mom is working with him on learning commands as it appears he knows very little as well as working on his trust with toys as once he has anything he does not want to give it up. It would be best for Copper to have slow introductions with other dogs as he tends to be rude and a bit clumsy when meeting other dogs. He will need an owner that is prepared to provide him with structure, discipline, boundaries (ie a lot of training). If you are not willing to attend more than one 8 week obedience course and possibly some private lessons, Copper is not the dog for you.

Read the bio but still have questions? Email adopt@mnpitbull.com