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A Rotta Love Plus

A Rotta Love Plus

In school this past spring, my daughter was given an assignment to write a persuasive letter to her parents.  She attempted to persuade us to get a dog…I think she may have convinced her father, but not me or the cats.  Today’s organization is working to persuade people to understand two specific dog breeds: Rottweilers and pit bulls.

In 1997, A Rotta Love was founded as the first nonprofit Rottweiler rescue organization in Minnesota.  In 2003, A Rotta Love and a Twin Cities’ bit bull rescue named Pits Plus merged to become A Rotta Love Plus.  The organization is a comprehensive and proactive all-volunteer advocacy organization that uses multiple strategies to further their mission of re-homing Rottweilers and pit bulls in Minnesota, raising breed awareness, educating the public about responsible pet ownership, and advocating for the humane and equal treatment of all dogs without prejudice.  They are based in Golden Valley, Minnesota, but they serve the entire greater Twin Cities area.



A Rotta Love Plus has several programs that further their mission.  Their foster and adoption program takes a “quality-over-quantity” approach to carefully select the dogs that they bring into the program and the homes where they are fostered and adopted.  They also offer ongoing assessment and support for their dogs to ensure ongoing success for the animals.  They rehome approximately 30 to 40 dogs each year.

A Rotta Love Plus builds and foster strong relationships between dogs and owners through their Rott n’ Pit Ed training classes.  These classes, free to fosters and dogs who have been adopted through their organization, offer owners a variety of tools to ensure the right approach is taken for each dog as an individual.  They also offer a Dog Safety/Humane Education program that offers education to youth, adults, and organizations on the humane treatment of animals and reduces the risk of dog bites.  Between 2009 and 2012, this program reached nearly 4,000 individuals.  They also offer free spays, neuters, vaccinations in addition to low-cost micro-chips to pit bulls and Rottweilers.



This year they partnered with the Minneapolis Police Department, Minneapolis Animal Care and Control, and the Minneapolis Public Schools to bring a Dog Safety program to local elementary schools.  In just one semester, they conducted 46 classes where a group facilitator and two or three volunteers with their trained pit bull or Rottweiler visit a classroom and educate student on the humane treatment of animals and reduction of dog bite risk.

Another program offered by A Rotta Love Plus is their PRIORITY Paws (Pit Bull and Rottweiler Interactive OutReach Instruction and Therapy for Youth) program where they conduct dog-therapy groups with youth in crisis who reside in local youth-services organizations.  The stories of abuse, neglect, and negative social perception of the pit bulls and Rottweilers provide the youth with a powerful parallel that often mirrors their own experiences.  This can inspire the youth and enable them to work through their own crisis using the lessons and skills that only the dogs can teach.  In 2012, their PRIORITY Paws program gave about 700 at-risk youth experience with this unique program.

Sara Nick, Communications Director for A Rotta Love Plus shared just one of their many success stories:

This is the story of Prim, a beautiful brindle pit bull. Prim endured the first couple years of her life in a heart-wrenchingly abusive situation – without going into the ugly details, suffice it to say that when she wound up in a local animal control, it was like heaven on earth. (Food! Rest! Kindness!) Eventually, Prim ran out of time at animal control, but two ARLP volunteers, who were freshly mourning the loss of their 10-year-old pit bull to cancer, decided to push through their heartache and open their home to another dog in need through fostering. ‘When we saw her face and heard her story, we knew without words that we wanted to save her,’ they said. As soon as Prim was in their car, ‘despite not having a clue where she was going, she was smiling ear to ear!’

Ever so gently, Prim’s new fosters took the time to earn her trust. They slowly introduced her to the sights, sounds, smells, and other animals of their household. Prim adjusted well (REALLY well) to their routine and lifestyle, so it came as no surprise when we heard the news not long after that they decided to make Prim a permanent member of their family. In their words, ‘Prim brought life back into our family. She will stop doing whatever she’s doing to come kiss us and let us hold her. She has so much love that she wants to give, and we want to be the ones to give her every success in life.’”



How can you help?

The organization’s greatest volunteer need is for foster homes which allow them to save a pit bull or Rottweiler and place them in a loving home until their forever family can be found.  Foster families are provided with everything they need to be successful, including food and supplies as well as free training and support.  Learn more about their foster program on their website.

A list of other current volunteer opportunities can be found here.  You can also give a monetary donation, including dog sponsorships. They also have a wish list of in kind donations.

You can also attend any of their adoption events.  On Saturday, August 10 from 4 to 7 PM, they have a “Beer and Dogs” event at Nomad World Pub (501 Cedar Avenue in Minneapolis) where people will have an opportunity to meet some of the dogs they have available for adoption.

You can learn more about A Rotta Love Plus on their website,  You can also connect with them on Facebook and Twitter or follow their blog.


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Posted by on July 24, 2013 in Nonprofit Organization


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Paws For A Cause

According to the Humane Society of the United States, each year between six and eight million cats and dogs end up in U.S. animal shelters each year.  There are many people and organizations trying to make a difference – campaigns to spay and neuter your pets, campaigns against puppy mills, and campaigns to encourage shelter pet adoption.  One such organization is Paws for a Cause. 

Paws for a Cause (PAC) began in 2008.  According to Heidi Harden, Adoption Team Coordinator for PAC, “We began with one gorgeous black lab who was left behind by a breed specific rescue.  We brought him in on our own, made sure he had the medical care that he needed and found a home for him.  Since then, we’ve re-home over 350 companion canines.”

In November, the PAC team took a trip to Missouri where they participated with over 45 other rescue organizations from across the U.S. to save as many of the 850 animals as they could from the largest puppy mill auction in the U.S.  The auction occurred because two of the largest puppy millers in the country were put out of business. 

PAC specializes in providing sanctuary for abandoned, stray and neglected dogs through its volunteer network with the ultimate goal of providing safe, loving homes for companion animals throughout Minnesota, Iowa and Wisconsin.  They are dedicated to raising awareness of the plight of homeless and abused animals and to serve as a resource to the community by providing education and information on responsible pet ownership, including the importance of spay/neuter, positive behavior training, good nutrition and the importance of knowing where your dog came from.

PAC’s companion animals are housed in foster homes where they are provided an enormous amount love along with the medical attention and food that they need to ensure their good health.  In this interactive environment, PAC’s companion animals are evaluated for temperament and personality, and matched with carefully screened forever homes.   Every PAC animal is neutered or spayed.  PAC is an all volunteer organization and has volunteers in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Iowa, but their home base is in New Brighton, Minnesota.

You can help PAC in its mission in a variety of ways.

  • Numerous volunteer positions are available from fostering a dog, home visits and transportation. 
  • They have recently started a new Volunteer Welcoming Committee.  This is a group of online savvy volunteers asked to send welcoming e-mails to new participants.
  • They also have a new education program going into effect this winter to address the issue of puppy mills and how not to find your dog.
  • Monetary donations are also needed to help the organization board the dogs and pay their medical expenses until they can find a forever home. 

You can learn more about these opportunities and more on their website.  In addition, you can search photos of dogs currently looking for foster homes. 

You can follow Paws for a Cause on their website (, via e-mail or on Twitter.

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Posted by on December 7, 2010 in Nonprofit Organization


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