From Kitchen To Kennel, She’s Saving Georgia Pitties From The Perils of BSL

The city of Rome, in Floyd County, Georgia, is breed restricted; BSL has been in place there for some time.  However one woman, living in neighboring Alabama, has been successfully striving to rescue dogs like this starved little girl, from the city’s shelter in Rome, giving them new lives out of that county.  And she’s planning to dramatically increase those numbers.

Chunda Micklow Greathouse has been in the trenches of rescue for five years, and for most of that time, her dream has been to create a ten-run kennel with play-yard, to house the dogs she rescues from Rome, until she can safely rehome them.

To fund her rescue operation, Ms. Greathouse creates, sells and delivers these home-made, extremely decorative cakes for special events. Chunda tells Shelter Me, “all the money I make goes to the dogs! Pitbulls have my heart.”

Her first rescue was Zeus. Even after she was unexpectedly out of pocket to the tune of $1100 for his heartworm treatment, she continued rescuing.

Romeo and Alice, bonded and saved together!


Along the way came Romeo and Alice.  This bonded couple was almost separated, but when Alice’s adoptive family found out about Romeo, they took in Alice’s beau as well.

Chunda tells us, “Every pitbull saved has been so loving. Many of (my) adopters are cake customers.”


And then there are dogs like Diesel, who escaped his new home and sent people into 20-degree-weather for two days, till Chunda finally was able to recapture him.

Although Rome’s shelter has improved in the past few years, according to Greathouse, the shelter still has some things to work on, especially regarding bully breeds.

“They will adopt out of the county, or get them to rescue.  However, if they don’t leave the county, they don’t make it out of the shelter.”

Until BSL is rescinded, Ms. Greathouse’s immediate desire is to build that kennel. She saw a problem and realized that she could make a difference.  Her land is surrounded by woods, so it’s the perfect place for a group of happy, healthy dogs to hang out while they wait for new homes.

Her anticipated budget is about $5,000.  She already has volunteers to help with the construction and work with the dogs.  She’d love to work with a local retailer to help get this facility built, and has launched a completely transparent fundraiser to make her dream come true. If you can help, the dogs of Floyd County would be forever grateful.

If you’d like to help with her current rescues, here are three cuties she’s currently fostering – is her email. If she doesn’t get back to you right away, knowing Chunda, she’s probably on the rescue road….. As she tells us, “One share can save one dog.  We can all do our part.”  Some people, like Chunda, have larger hearts and find ways to play larger parts.


Lisa Blanck

Writing articles about animals for more than 22 years, she dove into the rescue world with the onset of Hurricane Katrina. As an outspoken advocate for animals, she’s covered everything from paws to hooves, fins to feathers. She was the Orlando Animal Rescue and Worldwide Animal Issues Examiner for seven years. She’s always thinking pawsitive, looking for ways to improve the lives of animals. She lives with one dog, one cat and one patient human. She welcomes your suggestions and is thrilled to be part of the family!


  1. Chunda Greathouse says:

    Thank you for all of your comments. This really means alot. If anyone has ever rescued you know how hard this can be. Not having the space to help more is a very hard thing. There’s only two rescues that helps with the pitbulls from this shelter, I am one of them. With puppy season coming up I am very worried about what will happen. Any donation is very very appreciated no amount is too small. Again thank you so very much.

  2. Amy says:

    Chunda does amazing things to bring attention to this issue. Thank you so much for taking the time to notice this problem, and for having the courage to do something about it.

    1. Chunda Greathouse says:

      Thank you very much

  3. Jackie Johnson says:

    Nice article about Ms Chundra’s work. Praying the needed funds come in quickly so the kennels can be built and she can continue to save these great dogs!! They deserve a chance to have happy lives. Pits are wonderful family dogs!

  4. Cece Lopez says:

    Awesome work.
    Georgia was a target of ours once we could establish more as a Pit Bull rescue. And i am proud to know you on rescue but more so when we are able to meet in person one day.
    Your support and love for the same breed, well all dogs but like me you save the risk ones. And that my friend is true rescue. Much love, Respect for your Compassion all it takes is that.. truly.

  5. Kathie says:

    This is something of a dream of mine ,what you are achieving , May God bless you! hoping to get settled soon and when I can I would like to chip in when I get my finances straight I am from Gloucester Massachusetts and I would really really like to help but now May God bless you and keep you strong thank you for what you’re doing

  6. GA Reader says:

    I’ve known Chunda for many many year’s before she started rescuing dog’s she’s always had a big heart and has always tried to help other’s ,she was the music leader at church and always gave 100 % plus some , she gives and gives
    Now she needs help shes been begging for help to get 2 dogs fixed woth no help as if yet , she’s begged for collars, leashes, blankets ,help with getting lumber and fenceing to get these kennels built , and once again no one helps she tries to do her best but she cant do it by herself ,please search your heart’s if you can please help anything would help , by a certificate to help fix a dog , collars dont cost a lot but when your buying several a week it gets costly ,. please help

  7. Lynne Reese CAC Pals for Paws,Inc. says:

    Thank you..I have rescued a few and have one of my own. Such loving nanny dogs. We have a charity group in Calhoun – CAC Pals for Paws, Inc with a thrift shop that accepts most donations for people and pets. We help people rescue, adopt and vet in Calhoun and spreading out to Gordon County. Please come visit one day and let us know how we can help.

  8. Erica hicks says:

    This is a wonderful article. Mrs. Chunda is an amazing lady and has a heart of gold. I am honored to have met her and my Mr. Jax.

  9. Lisa says:

    Tears in my eyes. You know how much I admire you and love that you save as many as you can. Thank you.

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