Come Meet the Love Bugs


Pacific Northwest Pit Bull Rescue is the featured rescue at Spot’s Mutt Mixer at Hotel Monaco Feb. 4, 6-8pm. Come meet these special lovebugs, and the great folks of PNWPBR.

PNWPBR is an all-volunteer organization helping Pit Bulls in need at shelters and humane societies in the Pacific Northwest through foster care, adoption, advocacy and education. The group provides current and future guardians and the general public with information about Bully Breed dogs — from their history to the present, truth versus myth, and tips on feeding, training and health care.

The story began in July of 2006 when Ellena Thomas came upon Gerkin, a sweet American Pit Bull Terrier whose life had come down to two options: get out or get put down. Gerkin was living in Ontario, Canada which has a ban on his breed. One look at his face, says Thomas, and she had to help. Generous support from the Pit Bull community locally and across the US got Gerkin on a plane home to Ellena, and PNWPBR was born. Now, almost four years later, the group works in adoption, education, advocacy and outreach. Their motto is, “Abandoned. Adopted. Adored.”

“We rescue, foster, rehabilitate, and adopt out Pit Bulls we believe truly are breed ambassadors,” says Thomas, PNWPBR Executive Director. “We do not take owner surrenders; all of our dogs have faced euthanasia in area shelters.”

PNWPBR also assisted in launching a BLCSnip (Bully Low-Cost Spay/Neuter Incentive) program in cooperation with the Humane Society for SW Washington and Animal Farm Foundation, the first in Portland to do so. Details

Come! Meet Rock

“We at PNWPBR first met Rock in 2007, when he was an adorable puppy, needing to find his way out of an animal shelter. Back then, he was an absolute joy to his foster family, and was soon adopted to a loving family. Fast-Forward to today, Rock has found himself back with PNWPBR. As much as his adoptive family loved him, they made poor decisions and, in the end, Rock suffered for them. He is still that wonderful pup we remember, only much bigger!! Rock has tons of qualities that will make him a great addition to his new family. He is housetrained, great with kids and female dogs, and even knows his commands in English AND sign language! Rock is a goofy sweetheart who loves his toy ball, snuggling on the couch, and most of all FOOD!”