National Pit Bull Awareness Month takes place during October and is designed to change perceptions and stereotypes about Pit Bulls and their responsible owners. The idea was established to educate and foster positive communications and experiences in the communities in which we and our dogs live, and is an initiative dedicated to restoring the image of the American Pit Bull Terrier.
Pit Bull Awareness was originally started in 2007 by Jodi Preis of Bless the Bully's, a Pit Bull rescue and education group in Middle Tennessee. Preis started the movement as a one day event on October 26th; when she introduced the idea of a nationwide Pit Bull awareness day, the response was overwhelming. It was immediately recognized as an opportunity to educate, change minds and bring about positive media attention to Pit Bulls across the country, so much that the day was extended to an entire month.
Extending the National Pit Bull Awareness celebration to an entire month is a great opportunity for shelters, breed clubs, and rescue organizations to spotlight the breed with adoption, education, and responsible ownership events in multiple communities and venues.
The ultimate goal of the monthly awareness is to promote the truth about Pit Bulls. Knowledge is power, and with education and advocacy, the truth will save lives in terms of negating the fear and bias generated by the media, reactions such as breed bans, and the truth will result in fewer Pit Bulls ending up in animal shelters.
Through education and compassion, we will bring about a positive change for these incredible dogs!
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