About Us

Out of the Pits is a not for profit organization that was founded in 1994. We seek to educate the public about the true nature of the American Pit Bull Terrier and to make them aware that they used to be one of America’s favorite breed of dogs. Our efforts are aimed at restoring the breed to its former position of esteem in the hearts and minds of people everywhere.

Our main focus is education. We visit dozens of schools with our certified therapy Pit Bulls to teach humane education throughout the New York Capital District, as well as nearby Massachusetts and Connecticut. We are also a rescue organization. Since our inception, we have successfully rehomed over 3,000 dogs, and helped many more stay in their homes.

Our educational program continues to expand as we are currently developing curriculum for working with children in areas where Pit Bulls are particularly at risk. In the near future we hope to have fully developed presentations available for delivery at all levels from elementary through college. If interested in bringing one of our programs into your school, please contact us at info@outofthepits.org.

Children will determine the future of the Pit Bull and their acceptance of our in-school programs has been heartwarming. But our education efforts must continue to grow. For every acceptable home found for one of our dogs, we receive hundreds of calls asking that we rescue a Pit Bull. Only when the true nature of the breed is recognized, will a sufficient number of loving homes open up to the many thousands of displaced dogs filling streets and shelters.

To address this need, we launched a Low Cost Pit Bull Spay-Neuter Program many years ago, called “Fix-A-Bull.”  The Fix-A-Bull Program is an attempt to address the Pit Bull overpopulation problem and the fact that there are not enough responsible owners or good homes for Pit Bulls. Sadly, we receive approximately 1,000 requests per week to take unwanted Pit Bulls. Shelter statistics are equally staggering – it is estimated that more than 80% of Pit Bulls in shelters are euthanized, and typically only 1 in 600 Pit Bulls finds a loving home.

Please visit our “Spay-Neuter” page for information on how to get your Pit Bull spayed or neutered for a discounted price, or visit our donations page if you would like to make a contribution to help support the Fix-A-Bull Program.


Our Board of Directors

Cydney Cross, President
Joann Ravida , Vice-President
Ashly Gagne, Treasurer
Staci Lawrence, Foster Coordinator/Product Manager
Jonathan Schopf
Darlene Mergandahl

Advisory Board

Elizabeth Hess
Lawrence Osgood
Bernadette Peters
William Rasweiler, DVM
Mary Allen
Suzanne Bunney