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Events celebrate National Pit Bull Awareness Day

Events celebrate National Pit Bull Awareness Day

by SUSAN WYATT / The Pet Dish


Posted on October 24, 2012 at 3:51 PM

Updated Saturday, Oct 27 at 4:40 PM

Do you think pit bulls are inherently dangerous?

Saturday is National Pit Bull Awareness Day,  which organizers say is a day of appreciation and education designed to change perceptions and stereotypes about pit bulls and their responsible owners.

NPBAD was started in 2007 by Jodi Preis of Bless the Bullys, a pit bull rescue and education group in Middle Tennessee.

The group says the generic term "pit bull" was chosen deliberately because this is the name most familiar to the public, and the term that evokes a negative connotation of a particular grouping of dogs. The objective of NPBAD is to change that negative image.

Breed information

American Pit Bull Terrier

American Staffordshire Terrier

Staffordshire Bull Terrier

PAWS of Lynnwood says  American Pit Bull Terrier and Pit Bull mixes are frequently available for adoption at PAWS, and in fact, some Pit Bulls and mixes of the breed often account for 20 percent or more of the dogs available for adoption at area shelters. They say many embody the best qualities of our favorite canine friends – lovable, loyal, eager to learn, friendly and great with families. Unfortunately, they are often overlooked by potential adopters because of misconceptions about the breed.

Get more information from PAWs about adopting Pit Bulls

Pit Bull Awareness Day events

Pit Bull Howloween Adoption Event
10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Sam's Cats & Dogs, Naturally
20016 Old Owen Road, Monroe

Six local rescues, including Pasado's Safe Haven, Seattle Humane Society, Wenatchee Valley Humane Society, Humane Society of Skagit Valley, will be on site with available pit bull type dogs. Also includes a dog costume contest
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Coast to Coast Bully Walk - various locations

Organizers say The Coast to Coast Bully Walk event is designed to encourage, motivate, inspire and support people all over the United States, and even the world, to hold a Bully Walk in their locale on 10/27.

Coast to Coast Bully Walk - Olympia
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Pit bull owners will gather with 'ambassador' dogs to walk around Capitol Lake in downtown Olympia. This is one of the "Coast to Coast Bully Walks" taking place in cities across the country to celebrate this day. The intent is to bring awareness of BSL, to show what the ‘typical’ pit bull type dog and their owners are like, and to give dogs an activity and socialization opportunity.

Coast to Coast Bully Walk - Portland
Portland Pit Bull Project & Oregon Humane Society
Ventura Park Elementary Parking Lot 145 SE 117th Avenue Portland
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The Portland Bully Walk will end in a Street Fair hosted by the Portland Pit Bull Project and the Oregon Humane Society.

Boise Bully Breed Rescue education event
11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
H3 Pet Foods, 1801 W Cherry Lane in Meridian, Idaho
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An educational event with donated gift baskets and prizes to be raffled off, and there will be ambassador dogs to meet as well as volunteers on site to answer all your questions about the rescue and volunteering/fostering. Dog food donations are welcomed.