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Pits for Patriots is a Chicagoland-based registered 501(c) 3 charity recognized by the federal government as a not-for-profit charity.  Founded in May of 2011, Pits for Patriots trains qualified, rescued pit bulls from various Chicago area dog rescues and shelters, to work as service, therapy, skilled companion and companion dogs for United States military veterans and first responders (i.e. police, fire and emergency medical service personnel).
Pits for Patriots’ service dogs are trained to help improve the recipient’s quality of life. Our service dogs may help with opening and closing doors, turning lights on and off, retrieving personal and other items, pushing buttons, carrying back packs and small packages, assisting with mobility and balance issues, alleviating the use of a cane in some instances, as well as assisting with tasks for those in a wheelchair.
Military veterans and first responders routinely put themselves in harm’s way for the protection of the general public. We feel that they earn our special consideration regarding their need for service dogs. Those, whose lives have been negatively altered, through the fulfillment of their service, deserve the opportunity to repair their lives as fully as possible. Providing a rescued dog specifically trained for each recipient helps to facilitate this repair thereby, not just saving one life…but two. ©


Katie Carroll

Location Chicago, Illinois
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  1. Animal-assisted therapies
  2. Animal roles
  3. Dogs
  4. first responders
  5. Mammals
  6. pet adoption
  7. Pets and companion animals
  8. rescue dogs
  9. Service animals
  10. service dog training programs
  11. therapy animals
  12. veterans
  13. veterinary care
  14. volunteers