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New Member & New Rescue! :)

Postby lowcountrypitbullrescue » Fri Apr 06, 2007 9:16 am

Hello all!! I'm thrilled to be here! I was told about this forum on my (new) Yahoo! group: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/lowcountrypitbullrescue/

I live in Charleston, SC, and I've been here for 4 years. I grew up just down the coast in Beaufort, SC. I first became involved in dog rescue in 2002, through an American Cocker Spaniel Rescue. I never knew where that experience would lead me! In less than a year, I was put on the board of the rescue. After I had served several years on the board of the rescue, the director decided to stop rescuing and she dissolved the rescue.

Not long after the cocker rescue was dissolved, I turned my sights 100% onto APBTs. I fell in love with my fiance's first Am Staff mix, which he lost in a divorce, unfortunately. (I still get a kick out of that! So many people dump their dogs, these people fought over the dog.. haha) In December, we adopted an APBT puppy and named him Hero. Hero is about 6 mos old now.

When we first started taking Hero out onto the town to start socialization, I was appalled by the reactions. After so many years in dog rescue and working with dogs, I could never comprehend how people would react to this tiny puppy just because of his breed. I couldn't believe that they would assume he was aggressive and would try to bite them. It really opened my eyes. I started a personal campaign of educating the public after that, and I started taking Hero EVERYWHERE. My car seems to have his hair permanently attached to the fabric.. haha. I started talking to people about his breed and introducing them to a REAL Pit Bull, and how they REALLY are. Hero is a great example - he absolutely adores all people, including kids, and his tail wags so hard that his whole butt wags whenever anyone pets him. He also loves other dogs, which is something we have worked on since day 1 with him. He loves going to the dog park. He'll run and play for hours with all the other dogs. Granted, he's only 6 mos old, so I'm hoping he doesn't develop any dog aggression as he ages.

Just a week ago, a stray Pit (mix?) showed up on my doorstep. I haven't been involved in any rescue for about 9 mos now, and his timely appearance was the push I needed. He is an intact male, less than a year old. He showed up with the pads of his feet ripped to shreds, literally, bleeding, and he was limping, like he had been walking for weeks. He was very thin and losing his hair in patches. We scooped him up and whisked him off to my vet, where they glued the pads of his feet back on. We got him antibiotics & pain meds for his feet, and meds to treat the mange. I'm slowly fattening him up. We named him Rosco. Rosco is our first foster.

Rosco gave me the push I needed to start moving forward with something I had been toying with for a while - a local pit rescue. I've been researching for a few weeks, and I've talked to the local SPCA. There is definitely a need for a pit rescue, and there is nothing locally. They gave me the name of a vet who used to do Am Staff rescue personally, but stopped a while ago. Of course, we'll contact that vet to be a rescue vet.

And so, Lowcountry Pit Bull Rescue is born. It's in the beginning steps now. I've reserved the name, but not formed the non-profit corporation yet. Right now, I am collecting knowledge, volunteers, and community support. I'm researching various aspects of the breed, temperament testing techniques, and paperwork (i.e. how to properly file a 501(c)3 and keep the paperwork in order).

I am actively looking for ANYONE in the Charleston area (Tri-County) who loves pitties, who is knowledgable (even a little), who might be interested in helping out. It doesn't mean you have to house any dogs. It could mean manning a booth at an event, or putting a bumper sticker on your car with the name of the rescue. There are a million little things people can do to advance the rescue.

I welcome all suggestions!! I'm excited to get this going. It will take a few months to get everything in order, before we actually start rescuing any dogs. We will focus on the American Pit Bull Terrier, American Staffordshire Terrier, Staffordshire Bull Terrier, and American Bulldog. We will also be willing to crosspost & list on our (future) website / Petfinder, any dogs who need homes in the Charleston area, whose breed could be considered a "bully" breed.

Now it sais it would attach a signature, but just in case...

Melissa Sanders
Charleston, SC
Coming Soon: Lowcountry Pit Bull Rescue

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Photos!

Postby lowcountrypitbullrescue » Fri Apr 06, 2007 9:26 am

This is our baby Hero (also in my avatar):
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And this is Rosco, the first rescue for Lowcountry Pit Bull Rescue:
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Postby jessandace » Fri Apr 06, 2007 9:28 am

WELCOME!
its good to have you here! hope you find someone good to adopt little roscoe soon.

how wonderful of you to start a rescue organization.

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Postby Cody » Fri Apr 06, 2007 9:38 am

Welcome.

efry22

Postby efry22 » Fri Apr 06, 2007 10:17 am

Hello and Welcome! Unfortunately, I'm not in the SC area - but if you ever need someone to help with home checks, etc... alittle farther up the coast (I live in the VA Beach area), I am more than happy to volunteer. Hero and Rosco are both adorable!!

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Postby storminstaffs » Fri Apr 06, 2007 10:19 am

hello and welcome hero and roscoe are both stunners, well done for starting up a rescue :thumbsup:

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Postby chopper » Fri Apr 06, 2007 10:24 am

WELCOME :thumbsup:

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Postby jhwilliam » Fri Apr 06, 2007 12:19 pm

welcome

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Postby lpyrbby » Fri Apr 06, 2007 1:41 pm

Yay! Glad you're here! I'm really excited about this :)

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Postby defendabull » Fri Apr 06, 2007 3:29 pm

:welcome:

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Postby mommy2kane » Fri Apr 06, 2007 3:34 pm

Wow, welcome! I'm sure Roscoe is grateful that he ended up on your doorstep!

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