Celebrate! Tomorrow is National Pit Bull Awareness Day!
Shop: If you can’t volunteer or go to an event, why not do some retail therapy online at these shops that donate a portion of the proceeds to rescues:
Dog Park Publishing
The Unexpected Pit Bull
It’s time to hug your pibbles and celebrate our favorite misunderstood breed! Take some time this weekend and celebrate!
Volunteer and/or Donate: If you volunteer at a local shelter or rescue group, make sure to spend time with the pitties that are still looking for their forever home. Maybe even ask the shelter staff if you can take them on an extra long walk; a field trip to get extra exposure, or offer a special treat like a stuffed kong! If you aren’t registered to volunteer at a local shelter, you might consider making a special donation. Shelters are always in need of what most people might call the boring stuff – bleach, dish detergent, laundry detergent, even paper towels! Or, you can call ahead and ask if you can donate pittie-friendly toys such as blackextra large kongs, bully sticks or marrow bones.
Spread the love: If you are walking down the street, and see a pit bull-like dog, say, “Hello.” Why not compliment the good manners (if he/she has them) or ask where the dog was adopted from. People love to talk about their dogs. And, we often find that owners of pit-like dogs often get the opposite: stares and people crossing the street. You can also offer some helpful information like the ASPCA’s Operation Pit that provides free spay and neuters to pit bulls and pit-mixes.
Celebrate in Person: Many local groups are hosting special pit-focused events. Take your pittie (and maybe some of his/her friends) on a nice long walk and show the public how great they are!
If you live in the DC area, check out this creative marketing and adoption campaign created by our friends at Love and a Six Foot Leash to find homes for special pitties that have spent too long at the shelter: