Pit Bull Pride of Delaware, Inc. is a 501 (c)(3) organization committed to providing loving, forever homes to “pit bull type” dogs. Our mission is simply to better the lives of as many homeless “pit bull type” dogs as possible..
Lauren Verfaillie Ramone, Founder & President, Lauren@pitbullprideofdelaware.org
Amy Ricigliano, Director of Operations/Adoption Coordinator, Adoption@pitbullprideofdelaware.org
Foster Coordinator, Foster@pitbullprideofdelaware.org
Susan Roberto, Donation Coordinator, Donation@pitbullprideofdelaware.org
Sam Mishaw, Event Coordinator, Event@pitbullprideofdelaware.org
Staff/Volunteer Coordinator, Volunteer@pitbullprideofdelaware.org
Janet Goodson, Adoption Follow-Up, Janet.firstname.lastname@example.org
Pit Bull Pride of Delaware
was founded and incorporated on April 17, 2012 in response to the growing number of homeless “pit bulls” in Delaware and the surrounding states. Dog lovers to the core, we were heartbroken to learn just how many “pit bulls” never experience the love of a family and the comfort of a home. Our goal
is to help these warm, loving dogs in every way possible: through adoption, fostering, volunteering, promoting a positive image of “pit bull type” dogs, and educating the public. We hope that you’ll join us in saving the lives of these beloved animals! We do not have a shelter so we rely strictly on responsible foster homes to care for our dogs. If you are interested in providing a foster home for us please email us at email@example.com
Pit Bull Pride of Delaware, Inc. obtains dogs through owner surrenders as well as devoting a large portion of its efforts to pulling as many dogs as possible from high-kill shelters. As of June, 2014 we have rescued over 140 dogs from Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey, and approximately 85% of those dogs have come from high-kill shelters. The number of dogs that need our help continues to grow each day. Our success is growing at an exciting rate and we could not be more thankful for the opportunities we have been able to provide to each dog.
Dogs currently under the care of Pit Bull Pride of Delaware, Inc. are placed into our network of loving foster homes until the ideal forever home is selected. Without our foster families, we can not save more dogs. Adoption candidates are carefully screened to ensure all of our dogs are placed into an environment in which they will thrive. Our adoption application screening process includes an interview, home inspection, personal/veterinary reference check, and written commitment to provide superior care for the lifetime of the dog.
Since we rely on our foster network to provide care, there is a selective process for intake of new dogs. To be accepted into the care of Pit Bull Pride of Delaware, Inc., dogs must be people and dog friendly. A temperament evaluation is performed before any dog is accepted into the care of Pit Bull Pride of Delaware, Inc. Once a dog is officially brought into the care of Pit Bull Pride of Delaware, it is placed into one of our incredible foster homes. Before each one can be officially adopted by a new forever family, the dog must be in medically good condition. This includes being spayed/neutered, up to date on all vaccinations (rabies, distemper, flu) and tested for heartworm. All dogs also receive a microchip and the initial dosage of flea/tick preventative and heartworm preventative. Pit Bull Pride of Delaware, Inc. accepts the responsibility of fulfilling all of the previously mentioned medical responsibilities before allowing a dog to become an official member of their forever family.
Pit Bull Pride of Delaware, Inc. relies solely on the help of our strong network of foster homes in order to save as many dogs as possible. Please consider joining our foster network today. Thank you so much for your continued support and please do not hesitate to contact us! Without all of you, our loyal supporters, we would not be where we are today.
Lauren Verfaillie Ramone is the Founder and President of Pit Bull Pride of Delaware Inc.
Here is her story:
Growing up I heard all of the negative stereotypes that everyone else hears. “pit bulls are naturally bad dogs,” and, “never bring a pit bull around children, they are mean and aggressive.”… etc. I must admit, when that is all you have ever heard about a breed, it is easy to blindly believe it and not give them a chance of “safety” or “comfort” because of what others have instilled in you. I can still remember the day my roommate asked me to get a dog and his heart was set on getting a pit bull. My gut was no – based on the instinct that stemmed from all of the negative ideas I grew up with. I feared the dog would be naturally mean and aggressive. Little did I know, things were about to change.I remember the day I picked up Ace, a seven-week-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier. He playfully snuggled in my lap the entire way home, even nibbled on my seat belt a little but it didn’t bother me. As I held him carefully in my arms I felt the tides of tradition change in my mind and, most of all, my heart. Ace is now a well-adjusted, protective, and loving adult dog that would never senselessly hurt anyone. Knowing how much Ace changed my opinion is what makes it hurt so much when I see others ignorantly come to my former conclusion about pit bulls without ever getting to know them. I knew I had to make a difference; I just needed to find a constructive way to contribute.September 2011, a close friend needed help with a pit bull type dog that needed to be rehomed. We took Sage in and provided her with a temporary place to call home. While in our care, Sage was spayed and we also worked on basic obedience training. She was a quick learner and it only took two weeks to find her a forever home. As I kissed her goodbye, I knew this was my calling –to work with animals and to save as many dogs as possible.My passion to make a difference started by volunteering at the Delaware SPCA in Stanton, Delaware. Through volunteering I met so many other people who were just as passionate about helping the bully breed. This circle of people helped lead me to found Pit Bull Pride of Delaware. During this time, I have been fortunate enough to foster over 30 pit bull type dogs. Each dog has been placed into a loving home, with children included!My family includes a wonderful husband who is also a true dog lover at heart and fully supports the rescue. We have three wonderful four-legged children who bring us countless joy! Dozer is our 90 lb pit bull lap dog; Ace man is our 40 pound bundle of joy and of course shy but sweet Lucy.I am so grateful to everyone for supporting Pit Bull Pride of Delaware. We currently have over 15 events scheduled for this year. Our two year anniversary event is also quickly approaching. With over 140 dogs saved, and 20,000 Facebook fans, there is so much to look forward too! Foster families, volunteers, Facebook supporters…it takes a village, and the hard work and dedication never goes unnoticed. Comments, feedback and suggestions are always welcome. Please email me firstname.lastname@example.org to let me know your thoughts.
|This is Dozer and I. I fostered him from the DE SPCA. He was found at just 4 weeks old. He has now joined my forever pack!
|This is my pack!
This is Lauren and all four of her babies in January of 2013!
Meet some of the CORE girls!
Adoptions Coordinator/Director of Operations & Foster
Amy is a born and raised Jersey girl, who relocated to Delaware in 2008. She purchased her first American Stafford-shire Terrier from a breeder in 1995 not even realizing there was such a need in the rescue world for these dogs. After doing a great deal of research on the breed, to educate her family & others, who were less than happy that she would have chosen this type of dog, it was shocking to learn what was really happening in the shelters to these amazing dogs. She vowed from that moment, to never purchase another dog and only to rescue and adopt going forward. Since then Amy has “saved” three other Pit Bulls and a Rottweiler who now call her house home. She developed a strong passion for helping the breed and started getting involved in rescue several years ago. She is currently the Adoption Coordinator for Pit Bull Pride of Delaware and enjoys bringing the joy of a new family member to all of our adoptable families! Amy’s two children are also active members of the rescue and enjoy spending their free time together bringing awareness of the needs of our beloved bully breed to others. It is amazing to work with such a dedicated group of people who share the same passion as she does. She’s proud to be a part of the Pit Bull Pride family and to continue to save lives one dog at a time. For adoption inquiries, Amy can be contacted at email@example.com.
Core Member & Foster
Ashley has spent a lot of time volunteering with many rescues. It wasn’t until she adopted her first dog, a pit bull named Carter, that her true love, for this wonderful breed, was discovered . Her current pack consists of 3 pit bulls, Buck, Beemer and Bella who were all rescued from shelters. She also has 3 cats Sebastian, Chloe & Sophia. Even with her full house Ashley still fosters dogs for PBP. Since they can’t speak for themselves and they need a voice, Ashley is a full time advocate for this breed. If she can change 1 mind a day that’s 1 more person that is educated on this great, deserving breed. This job may not fill her pockets but it absolutely fills her heart. She is thankful to her, fiance Matt, for standing by her side and supporting everything she does. She is proud to be a part of such an amazing rescue with amazing girls that are all in it for 1 purpose, to save these dogs.
Adoption Follow-up Coordinator, Foster, & Adopter
Our Adoption Follow-up Coordinator, Janet, is a Delaware native. Her passion for rescue stems from knowing all dogs deserve a chance at a happy home and understanding the overwhelming need Pit Bulls face across the nation. As an opponent to BSL, Janet is a voice, a signature and a voter doing everything she can to change the myth of the Pit Bull through public education and awareness. Along with adoption follow-ups, Janet also helps with events, outreach, home visits, and also fosters for PBP. Janet’s pack consists of two Pit Bulls, two German Shepherd Dogs, and two cats.
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