“Pit Bulls” get a bad rap. Then again, “pit bulls” do injure more people than any other “breed”. Anyone interested in getting a pit bull should read up on Pit Bull facts and draw their own conclusions, as there is no “pit bull breed” – most people are referring to bully breeds when they say “pit bull”.
Pit Bull Rescues in Chicago
Chicago Pit Stop Rescue
This volunteer-run nonprofit rescue removes bully breeds from high-kill shelters and rehomes them in a foster-based adoption program. Chicago Pit Stop Rescue is licensed by the State of Illinois Department of Agriculture, Bureau of Animal Health and Welfare. All dogs are fully treated, microchipped, vaccinated, and socialized before being adopted out to qualified families.
Chicagoland Bully Breed Rescue
Chicagoland Bully Breed Rescue has been rescuing and rehoming American Pit Bull Terriers, American Staffordshire Terriers, American Bulldogs, and mixes of these breeds for more than 20 years. They also strive to rehabilitate the often-maligned nature of these pets. Adoption services are provided through volunteer foster homes.
This is a small rescue that focuses on taking in endangered bully breeds and helping them thrive in an adoptive home. They focus on providing education for adoptive families and ensuring that they are prepared for pet ownership. This rescue also offers a foster-to-adopt program to match the right dog with the right family and home.
Midwest Rescue of Illinois
This organization strives to help Chicago pit bulls find forever homes through a foster-based adoption service. Midwest Rescue relies on volunteers and donations to protect these dogs from euthanasia. Adoptive families are carefully screened to ensure that they offer safe homes for animals that have often been abused.
Peace for Pits
This Chicago rescue, run solely by volunteers, focuses on bully breeds at high-kill shelters across Illinois. They strive to save as many of these dogs as possible from euthanasia. The pit bulls they rescue are treated for medical issues, trained, and fostered in loving environments until they are matched with an adoptive family.
Players for Pits
This non-profit, no-kill rescue was established in 2013 by athletes who are committed to saving pit bull and pit bull mixes from Chicago-area shelters. Their mission is to advocate for responsible pet ownership through education. Many of the pit bulls they rescue have severe medical challenges. Families adopting through Players for Pits will be matched with a dog that fits their home and situation. All rescue dogs are vaccinated, dewormed, heartworm tested, and microchipped.