Standing Proud Pit Bull Rescue is a nonprofit organization that focuses on rescue, rehabilitation, and adoption of pit bulls in the Valley. In addition, the volunteers strive to be a resource and to educate the community about these dogs in order to combat the negative impression most people have.

Currently the rescue group is caring for three dogs with severe medical issues whose bills have topped $12,000. In order to help raise funds for the charitable organization, Standing Proud is conducting a shoe drive through May 15. Gently loved but still wearable shoes, including sports gear like cleats, rollerblades and ice skates, can be dropped off at Kodi’s Natural Pet Foods, 6058 N. 16th St., just north of Bethany Home Road.

Standing Proud has partnered with an organization called funds2orgs. The shoes are bagged and weighed and then funds2orgs donates .40 cents per pound back to the nonprofit organization. The shoes are then sent out to developing countries as a means for individuals, families and communities to start micro-businesses by reselling the shoes.

Therefore, donated shoes should have some life left in them; no holes or tears, please. Tax receipts available upon request.

Standing Proud must collect approximately 2,500 pairs of shoes in order to not be charged shipping costs. As of press time, the organization was a little more than halfway toward its goal.

For more information, contact Abby Cohen, founder of Standing Proud Pit Bull Rescue, at info@standingproudpit or visit the website at