Certified Therapy Dogs


Alexis – TT, CGC, TDI

In the spring of 2008 Out of the Pits lost its first therapy dog when Alex, the beloved working companion of OOTP president Cyd Cross, suffered a fatal stroke. Originally rescued by police from deplorable conditions during a drug raid, Alex was, for many years, Out of the Pits’ star performer. In addition to being seen, handled and loved by thousands of school children throughout the Northeast, Alex appeared on TV many times on behalf of her breed. Her sparkling, people-loving personality was the subject of an Associated Press article published in newspapers coast to coast. For more than 10 years Alex, with Cyd at her side, could be found in schools, nursing homes, hospitals, drug rehabs, camps and at many special events – anywhere a little canine love and kindness could brighten someone’s day.

She became the symbol of all that pit bulls could be and it is Alex’s image that can be seen today on the Out of the Pits logo – on our posters, t-shirts, mugs, etc. Her memory remains with us forever, but her legacy lives as our ever-expanding group of Out of the Pits’ working Therapy Dogs follow in her footsteps.

Like Alex, each dog below was rescued after being thrown out, abandoned and/or abused and, like Alex, each has come back to offer only comfort and healing love to mankind who has made them suffer so much. We invite you to meet some of that ever-growing list of our working Therapy Dogs certified by Therapy Dog International. If interested in having one of these extraordinary dogs visit your facility please contact us at therapy@outofthepits.org.

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