On Feb. 11, Joe’s Firehouse Tavern teamed up with Licking County-based Homestead Beer Co., a Licking County-based microbrewery, to host a fundraising event for “I Have a Dream Rescue,” an all-volunteer nonprofit organization of responsible pit bull owners and advocates.
A $75 per couple, four-course dinner served in the Firehouse Tavern’s back room, netted $1,600 for I have a Dream Rescue. Proceeds came from the dinner, donations, an auction and a 50/50 drawing, and Homestead Beer donated $1 per beer sold at the tavern during the entire day.
Misty Martin-Fuller, who said only one in 600 dogs that are described as pit bulls are adopted out from shelters, started I Have a Dream Rescue several years ago by pulling four at-risk dogs out of a West Virginia shelter.
“Those first four dogs have become 140 dogs now,” Martin-Fuller said. “We adopted out 375 dogs last year, and we’re having growing pains. Our goals include awareness, advocacy work, pulling family pets off of death row in shelters, and placing them in foster and forever homes. We rescue all breeds, but focus on dogs that fall under the pit bull category.”
Martin-Fuller said many dogs are mistakenly called pit bulls that are not part of the breed; and she also objects to the term pit bull.
“Why pit bull? It’s a dog,” Martin-Fuller said. “There are bad owners and bad breeding that cause bad behavior in dogs. We place them in great homes, and work to inform the public of the truth — there are not vicious breeds, just vicious owners.”
Martin-Fuller said central Ohio-based I Have a Dream Rescue does not have a shelter, and is always searching for foster families, volunteers and donors.
Lenny C. Lepola can be reached at 614-266-6093.