Meet Our Star Volunteers

Mia

Mia is the proud mom of three spoiled fur babies. She is dedicated to helping dogs and has volunteered since 2016 towards the caring and training of dogs at various shelters throughout the Alamo City. Mia has rescued and fostered nearly a dozen dogs in her home and is pursuing her certification as a certified dog trainer.

Mia chose to volunteer with the Alamo City Pit Bull Rescue (ACPBR) after working with pit bulls at other shelters and noticing the bad and undeserved reputation they have in the San Antonio community. Additionally, her personal experience of having two different dog trainers deem one of her fur babies, a two-year old pit bull mix, as aggressive and unadoptable, and recommending the dog to be euthanized, motivated her to make a difference to work more with pit bulls and educate others against breed discrimination.

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My journey of working with rescue dogs began in February of 2016 at a local shelter, where I had the opportunity of working with so many dogs of various temperaments and unique personalities. I was always attracted to the dogs who needed a little more of my time and patience. I have continued working with pitbulls because from my own personal experience with them, they are loyal, affectionate and total love bugs.

I didn’t think I was doing enough for our furry friends, so I decided to volunteer at several other rescues so that I could help more dogs. I chose ACPBR because I hope to help change the negative stigma surrounding pitbulls, and I am proud to be a volunteer with the only pitbull rescue in San Antonio.

Jennifer

Hello, my name is Jennifer and I have volunteered with Alamo City Pit Bull Rescue since 2019.   My first involvement with a Pit Bull was when my husband and I rescued a Pit from euthanasia at ACS (actually she chose me).  We couldn’t believe how sweet, loyal, and full of personality she was; and we fell in love! It was such an educational and positive experience that after fostering her for six months, we decided to adopt her. We were enlightened about the false stigmas placed on Pit Bull type dogs and were changed into eternal Pittie advocates.
 
After she passed away in May 2022, my husband became aware of a physically abused Pit who was rescued by ACPBR.  We decided to give him the care he deserves so we became a medical foster.  After just two short months, we adopted Odin!  Since then, we have fostered two more dogs through ACPBR and continue to volunteer at the events.  Our favorite parts of volunteering are seeing the dogs who are new to the rescue, learning about their progress, and visiting with the other volunteers and Board Members.
 
Our dogs love going on car rides to local coffee shops for a pup cup, and the owners grow to love our dogs too!  Going on outings to dog-friendly establishments gives us an opportunity to educate others about Pit Bull type dogs and gives people a chance to have a positive experience with this breed.
 
We volunteer because we are passionate about helping these deserving dogs find loving homes.  We advocate to help dispel the myths, stigmas, and misinformation about the breed; and to educate about the realities of the breed.  Knowing what some of these dogs have been through is heartbreaking, and getting to be a small part of them having a forever home is rewarding.

Victoria

I am a proud dog mom of 3. I have always loved animals since I was a kid but especially dogs. I grew up owning almost any pet I wanted. I always had a range of different dogs and decided I wanted to own a Pitbull. Luna, my pittie, changed all that for me. I have learned so much from her and she is the reason I started looking into Pitbull rescues. I wanted to make a difference. Pitbull and other bully breeds have such a negative stigma and I wanted to be a part of a group that advocates for them, educates the community and spreads awareness on the breed, that’s why I joined ACPBR. I love volunteering with others who love the breed as much as I do. I will continue advocating for them because they matter too, they always have. 

Jennifer

Jennifer has been active with several local shelters in Texas for the past three years. She enjoys taking training classes to better prepare for working with all types of dogs. Assisting in playgroups with the shelter dogs is one of her favorite activities. “It’s great seeing the dogs learn how to socialize with each other and just have fun.”

She chose to volunteer at Alamo City Pit Bull Rescue after attending an event with a friend. She worked with pit bulls at other shelters and couldn’t understand why so many potential adopters passed them up. She is excited to be a part of ACPBR to work with other volunteers who have the same passion for these sweet dogs.

Olivia

Hi everyone, my name is Olivia. I saved my pibblepotomus, Sam, when I was living in Alabama. He is 7 and is the most gentle and loyal soul I have ever encountered. Being a volunteer with Alamo City Pitbull Rescue has been extremely rewarding. I have been able to witness so much love and hope which is invaluable in this day and age.

Not every story we come across is a good one, sometimes our rescues come from tragic backgrounds. This is difficult for me to comprehend and deal with. I now have friends from Alamo City Pitbull Rescue who I can reach out to and we talk it out. Some of our tragic stories turn out to have fairytale endings and that is why I will continue to be a member of this group. I am determined to advocate, educate and rescue this breed. Sam and I are often walking along the Riverwalk or visiting dog friendly establishments in Texas. We still receive the unapproving glances and unprovoked comments but it gives me an opportunity to advocate.

Jessica

I am a dog mom of 2 sweet fur babies. My pittie Zeus I have had since he was six weeks old and he is my soulmate. He has been with me through the highs and the lowest of lows. I adopted Nike my pittie mix during the pandemic she was my foster fail. She had been dumped with her 2 siblings and all fought for their lives to survive parvo.

After I got Zeus when I was 18 I quickly learned that being a dog mom to a Pitt bull came with a lot of responsibility. So many people have Misinformation about the breed and it become my job to advocate and educate.
When I moved to Texas and found ACPBR I signed up to volunteer and have loved it. While I currently can’t foster I try to give as much time to the program and dogs as possible. Spreading awareness of all the amazing dogs that are saved by this rescue and helping in the their journey of finding a forever home. Rescue work is challenging because not every day or story is sunshine and rainbows. When you get to see a pittie find their fur ever family it’s so rewarding.

Lesley

My name is Lesley! (Most people call me Chew so either is fine!) I grew up in a family of animal lovers so I learned a lot about fostering and caring for all kinds of dogs and cats at a young age. 
 
Nowadays, I spend a lot of time fostering and transporting with multiple rescues. I also love taking sweet babies that need more attention out on day trips to get cute pictures that can be posted on social media. I actually ended up volunteering with ACPBR when one of our ACS day trips was tagged by ACPBR. I appreciate the whole volunteer team for all of the hard work they do slaying stigmas