Angela Keith--Events and Volunteer Director
When did you first discover your passion for Pit Bulls? A beat up, worn out, brindle pit bull hopped into a friend's car one day in the middle of the road. I brought her home to foster and get her healthy and she never left my side until the day she left this world. The only way I knew to control my grief was to help other dogs like her that needed some love and understanding.
Why do you think MPBF is growing? MPBF continues to add new talent and passion every day. When you have a family of strangers as determined as ours to make a difference, it's not easy to pass by and not want to share in that energy.
Is there anyone you admire in the Rescue/Advocacy world ? Too many. The thing that makes rescue work is the entire village. Without the advise and support of others before us, we wouldn't know where to begin, and if we didn't make mistakes we would never know where we want to go. Organizations like Bad Rap, in CA, have spent time talking us through some operational things and encouraging us to set goals. Advocates, like Little Darling with Pinups for Pit Bulls, travel the country paving the way for reacues to do their work. Foundations like Animal Farm know that success means access to resources and they support our initiatives. All over the country, we work together for one goal. That's what is admirable.
Whats your favorite part of being part of MPBF? #teammerit keeps me going when the worst days get the best of me. There's no greater feeling than knowing that people that you've sometimes never met in person, because they volunteer in another part of the state, care about you and have your back. On good days, and bad, there are two constants in my life...my pit bulls and my volunteers.
What is your ideal day when you're not getting fur on your clothes? Fur is required for any day to be a success. The best ones for me also involve sand and a little salt water. Somebody once said, "The Cure for Anything is Salt Water. Sweat, Tears, or the Sea" Add a side of Gouda (as in, Mama Gouda, pit bull extraordinaore) and there's not much left to be desired.
Kinsley James--Medical Director
When did you first discover your passion for Pit Bulls ? I discovered my passion for pit bulls about 6 years ago, when I was fostering a pit bull from the Humane Society. I was going through chemo and radiation at the time, and this little four month old pit bull never left my side. I think it is safe to say, she played a big part in saving my life. She kept me going, gave me a reason to get out of bed and focus on something other than what I was going through. The Humane Society called me one day and told me a spot had opened up for her, but I couldn't let her go. I realized that this amazing dog played such a big part in my recovery, and I felt the need to do what I could for bully breeds to honor her, the way she had me.
Why do you think MPBF is growing? I think we are growing because we have a dedicated team of amazing board members and volunteers that are committed to seeing MPBF evolve. We, as a board, have a vision of what we want Merit to be in the future, and we are constantly working towards that.
What is your favorite part of being involved with MPBF? Such a tough question! I have a few favorite parts of being a part of MPBF. The first, is watching these dogs we bring into our program transform. Whether it be an extreme medical case, or a super shy dog. Watching these dogs blossom in their foster homes is one of the most rewarding experiences one could have. My second favorite part is being a part of such a passionate group of like minded people. MPBF has an great sense of community, and are always there to help each other out. I love that I have met so many new people and made so many new great friends!
Laura Gonzo- Community Partnerships, Outreach and Advocacy
Robyn Davis- Social Media
When did you first discover your passion for Pit Bulls ? When I went to adopt my first dog 6 years ago after moving to NC from NY. I was shocked by the number in the local county shelters and rescues. I decided to give a sweet pit mix a chance and never looked back!
Why do you think MPBF is growing ? I think that the general public is beginning to give Bully Breeds a second chance and in doing so theyre doing their research on both their potential new dog and the rescue has them. MPBF does as much outreach and education in the communities they are a part of. They believe in being part of the solution not just a midway point for pups in need.
Who do you admire in the Rescue/Advocacy world? Anyone who is brave enough to enter the world of rescue, I admire them.
What is your favorite part of being part of MPBF?
Knowing that I'm surrounded with people who are just as crazy as I am about animals!
What is your ideal day when you're not getting fur on your clothes? My dogs would let me sleep past 7am. I would have a hot cup of coffee in the morning, a glamorous dinner and a good glass of wine at night!