I began volunteering for Saving Grace in 2008 by walking dogs and helping with cleaning. I then moved on to fostering several dogs that have gone on to live happy lives in forever homes. I have failed at fostering a few times, but I consider the dogs a blessing. Becoming a Pit Bull advocate has given my life purpose. Saving Grace and our dogs consume a very large part of my life, and I wouldn't have it any other way. Fighting for this breed I love so much is incredibly important to me. I do a lot of social media management for the rescue, and coordinate our fundraisers. I also regularly work adoption events and care for the dogs at the kennel. I am dedicated to these dogs that I have come to love so much.
I became involved with Saving Grace out of the love I have for my own Pit Bulls. I always cared about animal welfare, but Saving Grace really gave me the opportunity to make a hands on impact. I took my first foster, Brooke, home and have continued to foster since. Making the small impact is worth so much to me. I do a lot of administrative tasks, fostering, grant writing, and training at Saving Grace and spend extra time with the dogs whenever I get a chance. I am a social worker and would love to combine my love for people and animals into a special program one day. My hobbies are snow skiing and reading. I love traveling and especially love going to Brazil. I am grateful for this rescue and how it has become an amazing part of my life.
I adopted my first Pit Bull when I was 19 years old. A friend rescued him from the shelter and I was just going to foster Bradley until his forever home could be found. To be honest, I was a little scared of him. I let him sleep in the house and he would creep onto my bed when he thought I was asleep. He quickly gained my love and trust. I have loved the breed ever since. After volunteering for different rescue groups in our community, I decided to start rescuing on my own with Saving Grace. The people I have met along the way and the breed have changed my life immensely and have played a large part in helping me find my purpose in life; helping change misconceptions about the breed, and impacting the lives of unwanted Pit Bull-type dogs.
I am Lauren's mom and have been with Saving Grace from the very beginning. My husband and I support Saving Grace through thick and thin and love the work of rescuing these dogs in need. We actually have adopted several of our own who we completely adore! I work at the kennels every Sunday. I also serve on the board of directors. I am so invested in the dogs and in the welfare of Saving Grace. I will always step in and help wherever they need me.