About Chi-Town Pitties, Inc.
Actually, let’s start with you…
You love big mutts and you cannot lie and bully breeds have caught your eye.
You know “pitties” and bully breed dogs have been dealing with a lot of crap in recent years, not unlike maligned breeds of decades past. German Shepherds, Rottweilers, Dobermans have all spent time in the ‘bad dog’ seat, and now blocky headed dogs are having their turn. From backyard breeding, to mistreatment to rampant misinformation about their essential nature, you get that pitties need our help, our educated minds and our open hearts and homes and you want to do your part to give a pup in need a paw up.
How do you get started? If you Google ‘pit bull rescue in Chicago’ about 523,000 results will show up.
Yeah. That’s just Chicago. Kinda makes it a little hard to know where to go and how to choose a rescue group that you can trust and rely on, doesn’t it?
That is why we are so glad you are here! Our main goal, in addition to saving the lives of bullies in need is to support YOU in being the most educated, prepared, savvy pit bull companion you can be, whether you choose to foster or to adopt.
We are a small rescue, committed to leading with our heads rather than our hearts, to help quality dogs find quality homes. We’ve been involved in rescue a long time and we have seen what happens to groups who try to save as many urgent dogs as they can as fast as they can. That may be well-intended (big hearts are a good thing!) but urgency-led rescues aren’t good for the people involved and they aren’t good for the dogs who can end up being failed by the very system that was trying to save them.
We are not that rescue.
We work closely with area shelters to get as much information as we can about the dogs we take in so we can be as prepared as possible to provide for their needs as we place them in well-matched foster homes. If you would like to join our team of fosters, expect us to have a close ongoing relationship with you as you help your pup get ready for their permanent home.
If you are looking to adopt, expect us to get to know you, too, so we can help you find the dog that will thrive best in your home situation. Like big dogs in general, pit bull type dogs tend to have big personalities, and are an athletic bunch (they even power nap). They aren’t right for every owner, but not every person should be allowed behind the wheel of a Maserati either.
Wondering if a pittie is right for you (and if you are right for them)? Talk to us!
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Meet the Team
Lynette, Chi-Town’s Rescuer-in-Chief, has spent her life around ‘underdogs’ so it is no surprise she has devoted herself to pittie and bully breed rescue.
Growing up, her family always seemed to have the dog with the bad rap. The Dobermans, German Shepherds and Rottweilers were to the 70’s and 80’s what the pit bulls are today. When she became an adult and was ready to start a canine family of her own, it only made sense to her to look to the next ‘breed’ in the hot seat: the Pit Bull.
At that time, rescues were overly cautious about who they would adopt pitties to in an understandable reaction to the heat the breed was taking and their vulnerability as a result. No one seemed to want to offer their dogs to a first time pittie owner, even one with large breed experience, especially if they had kids and other dogs. Luckily we have come a long way since then in understanding that dogs have to be judged as individuals! With no other apparent choice, Lynette got her first pittie from a breeder but later was able to rescue one (even with a child, another pit bull and a Chihuahua). Her rescue involvement began shortly thereafter with her most recently serving several years on the governing board for another area rescue before making the decision to start Chi-Town Pitties, Inc.
Christina unofficially rescued her first pit-bull when she was 19 years old. Despite being raised in an "anti-pit bull" household her whole life, she brought home a young pit in hopes to give him a better life. She educated her family on the truth behind pit bulls, and he is still a member of family to this day! Since that day, over 8 years ago, Christina continues to adopt and foster pit bulls, and educate people on the truth behind having pits as members of the family, as well as the importance of choosing to rescue a pet over buying one from breeders or a store. Christina lives with her two, four-legged sons, Mack and Oliver.