Volunteer Information

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For the Love of Pits® was rescuing pit bulls before it was the popular thing to do.  We fought against discrimination and saved the lives of dogs when the majority of organizations turned their back on wonderful dogs.  Helping dogs is our passion and improving the lives of dogs and their owners is part of our mission; and we are always in need of volunteers passionate about helping the most misunderstood dogs of today.

To accomplish our mission and narrow the gap between the canine and human languages, our volunteers are extensively trained, among other things, regarding (i) the characteristics of terriers, American pit bull terriers and American staffordshire terriers; (ii) canine behavior and communication; and (iii) positive, effective and safe training and handling methods.

Volunteers are the heart and soul of For the Love of Pits.  Our devoted volunteers spend their time and effort to make our organization a success.  Whether caring for our dogs, managing events, raising funds or responding to emails and phone calls, volunteers are a very important part of For the Love of Pits.  Together, we can improve the environment in which pit bull owners and their dogs live, save countless lives and create safer and more humane communities

By joining For the Love of Pits’ team, among other things, you’ll help:

  • Save the lives of dogs on whom so many other organizations have turned their backs;

  • Socialize and train dogs who have never known human kindness;

  • Dispel damaging myths and educate the public regarding the true characteristics of pit bull dogs;

  • Create a more friendly environment in which pit bulls and their owners can live; and

  • Educate the public regarding responsible ownership and safe interactions with dogs.

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Volunteer Opportunities:

There are so many ways to become involved with For the Love of Pits and, because of our innovative and dedicated volunteers the opportunities are continually growing.  Here are just a few ways you can get involved:

  • Become a FOSTER HOME.   Click here for more information on fostering.
  • Attend events (primarily in the Summer / Fall).
  • Plan events.
  • Teach classes (currently, in need of space and certified trainers).
  • Attend obedience classes with our rescue dogs.
  • Screen applicants interested in our dogs.
  • Fundraising.
  • Humane Education Presenter in Classrooms.
  • Create educational and promotional materials.

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Steps to Becoming a Volunteer

Step One:

Please complete and submit the volunteer application.  Please click on the link in the yellow box above to open the application.  The form is writeable PDF document, meaning you can type in your answers and then save the document to your desktop.  Please be sure to save your completed application in PDF format.  Then, you can either print the application and send it to our post office box below or attach the completed PDF application to an email to general@fortheloveofpits.org.  We will get back to you after reviewing your application.

Step Two:

The volunteer coordinator will hold an informal, phone or in-person interview with each prospective volunteer to determine whether a match exists and to understand the prospective volunteer’s skills and how the prospective desires to assist the organization and its dogs.

Step Three:

Attend a volunteer orientation meeting.  During the orientation, you will learn about For the Love of Pits and the many volunteer opportunities. 

Step Four:

Attend a training workshop for the volunteer position(s).  In the case of volunteers desiring to handle and work with rescue dogs, volunteers are required to attend one of our handling classes.  At the end of the class, the President of the organization or her designee, such as a volunteer trainer, will evaluate each handler to determine his/her level of skill.

If you should have any questions or comments, please do not hesitate to contact us.