About LWHPBR

Long Way Home Pit Bull Rescue is a 501(c)3 nonprofit animal rescue that rescues, rehabilitates and rehomes pit bull type dogs. While our foster-based rescue operates out of Texas, we have conducted adoptions all over the country and even into Canada. We partner with shelters, veterinary clinics and independent rescuers to provide high quality veterinary care, nutrition and physical and mental stimulation to pit bull type dogs desperately in need of a second chance, while carefully and intentionally screening for adoptive homes.


Meet Our Team

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Branch Director

Stephanie Kotick, MS, MPA is LWH Pit Bull Rescue's Branch Director. She joined our team in 2011 as a foster mom (turned adopter) and eventually evolved into our Branch Director in 2013/2014. Stephanie is a graduate of Texas A&M University ('13 & '15) and UTSA ('20). She resides in San Antonio and is a development professional for a nonprofit in her area. Stephanie is the mom to LWHPBR Alums, Gandhi & Maple, oversees the operations of our agency and shares adoption process responsibilities.

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Program Director

Amanda Dowell is LWH Pit Bull Rescue's Program Director. She joined our team in 2011 as a foster-turned-adoptive mom and came on board as our Program Director in 2014. Amanda has a deep rooted passion for helping animals and is currently employed at a local veterinary clinic in Bryan/College Station. Amanda is the mom to LWHPBR Alums, Casanova, Bronx, Brooklyn, Kingston and Baby Shark (RIP), oversees our rescue's foster program, and shares adoption process responsibilities.

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Merchandise Manager

Maddie Murphy is LWH Pit Bull Rescue's Merchandise Manager. She joined our team as a foster mom in early 2014 and became an adopter by that fall. Maddie is a graduate of Texas A&M University ('17) and lives in Houston, working as a Special Education teacher in her district. Maddie is the mom to LWHPBR Alums, Violet and Vincent, manages our merchandise and online store, and organizes, hosts and executes our annual Pitmas Campaign.