PEORIA -- Dogs are known as man's best friend. But Pitt Bulls often get a bad rap, Now one central illinois woman is dedicating her life to saving the breed.
“They're a breed that's not very well respected.”
Jane Whitmer says that's why Pitt Bulls need a little extra love. Two years ago she started “The Mighty Pitts Rescue' out of her home. It’s saved more than 50 dogs so far.
She finds Pitt Bulls that have been abused, or don't have a promising future at a shelter.
Then she finds foster parents to take them in, eventually hoping to find permanent homes.
“We do have a trainer that goes in and tests and evaluates the dogs before we take them in,” said Whitmer.
She says when she found Brutus and Precious, they were neglected and sharing a cage that was too small.
“It breaks your heart when you first go in there but you get them out and you can tell that they're appreciative, You can feel their appreciation just giving you a great overwhelming feeling.”
And it all started with one very special Pitt Bull.
“I went through an accident back in 2006 and I lost my first spouse,” said Whitmer. “I had a Pitt Bull at the time and she was my everything during my accident and rehabilitation and everything.
Now she wants to give back to the breed, and others are helping out.
“I am fostering two dogs: Samson and Olive.”
Courtney Kasemyer says she was pleasantly surprised by the two companions.
“They're very lovable it's ridiculous. Samson, I call him Sir Kiss-a-Lot because he loves to give me kisses it's ridiculous.”
Her only complaint is that “he's a bed hog and he snores really loud.”
They might not know how to fetch a ball and actually bring it back, but the pair makes up for it in other ways.
“It's definitely made me a lot more active person. Gotta walk them a lot they have a lot of energy and it's taught me a lot of things like how to me more compassionate and definitely patient.” said Kasemyer.
Hoping that one day someone will be able to adopt her two foster dogs.