PBRC is proud to announce our newest program to help pit bulls in need, the PBRC Emergency Response Team, also known as PERT.
We have created PERT to assist in serving the needs of pit bulls impacted by natural or man-made disasters. The last several years have seen scores of situations, ranging from Hurricane Katrina to the Missouri 500 dog-fighting case, in which large numbers of pit bulls were negatively impacted by disastrous events, often leading to their confinement in temporary shelters for extended periods of time.
These situations include but are not limited to the following:
Natural disasters: Hurricanes, flooding, tornadoes, earthquakes, etc.
Man-made disasters; Dog fighting, hoarding, shelter disbandment, etc.
PERT can help enrich the lives of pit bulls in these situations and facilitate their placement by providing direct support to other animal-welfare organizations or agencies in charge of their care. Our programs include the following:
Material Support: PERT has allocated funding specifically for the purchase of Kongs, toys and other enrichment material that will help occupy and stimulate pit bulls in confinement as part of a disaster type situation. We will work with handling agencies to identify appropriate enrichment supplies, purchase these supplies and have them shipped directly to the site so that they can be provided to the dogs in need, making their situation a little more pleasant.
Spay and Neuter Support: Through our existing PBRC spay and neuter programs, PERT can provide support to pit bulls in disaster situations who have found placement with shelter or rescue partners. PERT can assist agencies with funding to spay and neuter these dogs, making their transition to new homes easier and more responsible.
Networking Support: PERT can leverage existing contacts across the pit bull rescue landscape to help market dogs from disaster situations that have been properly assessed and deemed adoptable. By partnering to share information, we hope to create a broader pool of potential rescues, thus increasing the dog’s chances for safe placement. (DISCLAIMER: PERT is only assisting in creating visibility for these dogs and is not directly accountable for their testing or placement)
“Hands On” Support: In limited cases, PERT may be able to provide on site resources to assist with shelter set up, testing or general support for agencies handling large numbers of pit bulls. Funding in this area is limited, but specific circumstances will be evaluated to determine our ability to support.
If you are affiliated with a governmental or non-profit agency that may be tasked with the care and management of large numbers of pit bulls and would like to discuss how we may be able to assist, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Donate to PERT!
Our ability to assist agencies handling cases that involve large numbers of pit bulls is limited only by the funding we have to provide toys, treats, spay/neuter support or other avenues of enrichment.
If you would like to donate directly to PERT to enable these efforts, please click the link below and follow the instructions on the next page.