This story is for anyone who is an animal lover and believes that even dogs need a second chance.  Sioux Empire Pit Rescue takes in pit bulls that may have come from a shelter where they are days - even minutes - away from being euthanized. They come from neglect and abuse situations or from "busts" of suspected dog fighting rings. They are dogs that just need to be nurtured by a loving family.

According to the Sioux Empire Pit Rescue website:

Over the last 20 years or so, the pit bull has fallen victim to the careless deeds of unethical breeders, irresponsible and even shady owners. This bad combination, along with the handiwork of a sensationalistic media, has done a terrible thing to our beloved breed. As a result, myths, misdeeds, misunderstanding and hysteria abound! When you walk around with your bulldog, you'll no doubt encounter people who'll be afraid of her or who give you trouble for having a pit bull.

What these dogs need are loving homes.  It takes a special family to give pit bulls the attention they deserve. We encourage you to go to Sioux Empire Pit Rescue's website and get educated. Read all about their organization and how you can adopt a pit bull.

The shelter is currently over capacity and needs foster families.They need to increase adoptions so they can make room for more dogs that are in shelters whose time may be running out.

During April, SEPR will be holding an "It's Raining Men" adoption special.  Male dogs will have a reduced adoption fee and you'll also receive a free Gentle Leader head collar when you adopt.

Want to meet some of these awesome dogs?  SEPR will be having a "meet and greet" Saturday, March 21 from 1:00 PM-3:00 PM at PetSmart on South Louise Avenue in Sioux Falls.