The National Pit Bull Awareness campaign is a nationwide effort to bring positive awareness and attention to the American Pit Bull Terrier and their responsible owners.
To anyone who shares their life with a "pit bull," the need for a national day of awareness for these misunderstood dogs is clear. Constant negative media attention and sensationalized hype that surrounds pit bulls has the breed in the spotlight for all the wrong reasons. The media and public have stereotyped and judged an entire group of dogs, as well as their owners, based on the actions of a few.
National Pit Bull Awareness Day was established as a day to educate and foster positive communications and experiences in the communities in which we and our dogs live. It is an opportunity to be a positive role model for responsible dog ownership, as well as introduce the truth about the grouping of dogs commonly known as "pit bulls" right in your town. Many people only know of pit bulls by what they hear on the news, and they have formed negative opinions based only on that knowledge. Fortunately, personal experience with a breed ambassador can overcome the bias put in their head through the media. We can - and we are - making a difference one person at a time.
Since its inception in 2007, National Pit Bull Awareness Day has grown stronger year by year because of devoted pit bull advocates across the country who want to make a real and lasting difference in the way that we and our dogs are portrayed in society.
The Importance of the National Pit Bull Awareness Campaign
As breed advocates, we have an obligation to show the public what the media will not -- the truth. As responsible pit bull owners, we can no longer be willing to be judged, discriminated against, and criminalized by the image set by the visible minority of irresponsible, negligent, and careless owners. The media berates our dogs daily. Legislators have labeled pit bull owners as the "criminal element" who only own pit bulls to enhance their macho image. The time has come to set the record straight, and the National Pit Bull Awareness campaign is just the place to start.
In order to change the negative stereotypes that surround the American Pit Bull Terrier, we must take the initiative to educate people in our communities on the real pit bull. The search and rescue pit bull...the therapy dog pit bull...the K9 police pit bull...and, of course, the family companion pit bull. Its an opportunity to open dialogue and to show people first hand that there is no such thing as a "dangerous breed" of dog but, rather, that problem dogs are the result of problem dog owners.
Many pit bull owners and advocates change minds and educate others about the breed routinely (and most don't even know they're doing it!). When you incorporate your dog in your daily activities - going for walks, going shopping, going to work - you have an excellent opportunity to allow those who might only know a "pit bull" through the media to experience the "real" pit bull. You're showing others what we already know...a pit bull is just a dog, and every dog is a product of his or her environment and upbringing. This is what the National Pit Bull Awareness Campaign is all about!
Participating in National Pit Bull Awareness Day gives you the platform and shines a spotlight on our collective efforts to educate and change stereotypes. Its also an opportunity to network with other responsible dog owners in your community. You can discuss issues of importance where you live, and work together to make changes to create a better environment for citizens and animals living there.
History of National Pit Bull Awareness Day
In 2007, Bless the Bullys introduced the idea of a national "pit bull awareness day," and it took off like wildfire. Devoted pit bull advocates jumped on the opportunity to participate in the first of its kind nationwide initiative to bring about positive pit bull media attention together on one day. To date, it is still the only nationwide event to highlight the positive pit bull through media and personal experience!