While in grad school at Texas A&M, Dawn Capp hoped to find a pit bull like her childhood dog, Chako, at a local animal shelter. "I used to ride him like a horse and dress him up. Chako was a phenomenal dog," she says. Instead, she learned that all pit bulls brought to that shelter were immediately euthanized. She was horrified to think that her awesome Chako could have met that fate. So she founded the Chako Pit Bull Rescue, now based in Sacramento, in an effort to alleviate what she calls persecution of the breed.
Outgoing, confident pit bulls are pulled from area shelters and fostered by volunteers until adopted at twice-monthly adoption events. Capp says she gets "fulfillment from helping to save really good dogs that otherwise would have been killed and pairing them with people who are going to hopefully love them forever."
Capp is a lawyer and author of "American Pit Bull Terriers, Fact or Fiction -- The Truth Behind One of America's Most Popular Breeds" published by Bowtie Press, 2004.
Chako offers classes and events throughout the year. For volunteer and adoption information go to: http://www.chako.org