Power for Pit Bulls
Pit Pals are all about making sure Pit Bulls are loved furfamily members — helping people understand their care and training needs — to give them the happy future they deserve.
The Pit Bull breed is sadly neglected in many areas where they’re often kept for their tough reputation, rather than as loved family members, as they should be. So in 2016, three strong women opened Pit Pals — a dedicated Pit Bull welfare organisation – joined a year later by Sharon Reichardt.
Within days, Pit Bulls came flooding in. With no kennels or land of their own, they made use of private boarding facilities. And, so, Pit Pals was born.
Pro-quality of life
Pit Pals’ primary focus is to rescue, rehabilitate and rehome pit bulls and other power breeds. Rescuing them from a variety of places, including abandoned dogs, strays etc.. they currently have about 50 adult dogs in their care. And at any given time, about 8-12 puppies are looked after in foster homes around Cape Town.
Pit Bulls need the right care and training, which many people don’t realise. And when they become unmanageable as a result, they end up surrendered and in need of new homes. Relying entirely on donations, Pit Pals knows the need for help is growing — and have to sadly turn dogs away due to lack of funds or space.
Pit Pals is dedicated to educating people on how to treat and love animals in general, while focusing specifically on Pit Bulls, and educating the public on how to treat them properly. Recognising that Pit Bulls aren’t for everyone, Pit Pals’ education plan works with families to help them manage their pet properly — with sterilisation as standard to prevent overpopulation (and neglect).
They have homed close to 750 adults and puppies to date and work with an experienced “power breed” trainer to help with rehabilitation of some adults who come into care, along with introductions and basic K9 training.
Pit Pals has two kennelling facilities for adult dogs — with full-time staff — who have their own individual kennel ‘enclosures’ with space for them to run. There are also larger run areas where the dogs are allowed to run free and play for a portion of the day. They are also walked twice a day by the kennel staff on the property.