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Pet rescue volunteer enjoys changing the image of pit bulls

2012-11-23T00:00:00Z Pet rescue volunteer enjoys changing the image of pit bullsBy Kimberly Cheek-Stanley Times Correspondent
November 23, 2012 12:00 am  • 

Karen Krasowski enjoys challenging the negative image of pit bulls as a volunteer with “It’s a Pittie” pit bull rescue.

“I love when people see our dogs in the rescue, or my personal dogs, and the image they had is shattered. This is how things will change,” she said.

“Pit bulls are smart, athletic, loving, loyal, so many things that are important to me in a dog. The fact that they are so misunderstood makes me want to educate people about them.”

Krasowski began volunteering with the Peotone- based not for profit in July, 2011, and is one of 100 volunteers working with the organization. She has fostered four dogs, one that recently went to a Crown Point family, and also serves as a mentor to other foster families.

“We serve Illinois and the Tri-State area, and have a lot of fosters and volunteers in Northwest Indiana. We place about 140 dogs per year,” she said.

“Most of these dogs come from high-kill shelters and animal control facilities - dogs that are on death row and need rescuing,” Krasowski explained.

“It’s a wonderful feeling to see the pictures that their new homes share with us. Every minute we spend with them is worth it to see the dogs in their home.”

Although the rescue service is growing, Krasowski said accommodating the growth is a challenge.

“We are always looking for foster homes and adopters. We have high standards for both, and we have to be as sure as we can be that our dogs are placed in great homes,” she said.

“I think this is true for any breed of dog, but it’s even more important with pit bulls and pit mixes. It’s a huge responsibility to place them in homes that will respect them, love them, socialize them and train them properly.”

Krasowski lives in Frankfort, Ill., and is employed by Chew on This Dog Bakery in the same town. She enjoys boating and landscaping.

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