National Pit Bull Awareness Day
October is National Pit Bull Awareness Month
In 2011, Bless the Bullys, a pit bull rescue and education effort located in middle Tennessee, designated October as National Pit Bull Awareness Month after a friend suggested that the founder, Jodi Preis, do something special to honor the memory of her first pit bull, Tiffin, who had passed away in the spring of that year. Preis wanted to pay tribute to the incredible companion that captured her heart and inspired her to work to change the perceptions of the American Pit Bull Terrier and "pit bull-type" dogs.
That said, Preis realized every pit bull owner considers their dog to be special, a dog for whom they desire to see positive change - a dog that inspires and brings happiness to their lives - and it was her hope that in working together for the breed, that TOGETHER we would create a legacy for ALL our dogs.
And we are.
According to Preis:
Really and truly, we should strive daily to put forth our greatest efforts for the breed, and I know many of you do. Over the last couple of years, I've noticed an upswing in positive stories about pit bulls…they are even the center of TV shows. While we can’t all be on television educating about and advocating for our dogs, we all can make a difference in our own way. We all can and should play a part in correcting false information and changing the perception of these incredible dogs. We are their voice, and they are depending on us to educate the public (not only about the breed in general, but with respect to responsible ownership practices), to dispel the false information out there, and to restore their reputation as a great American icon. Leading by example is a great place to start!
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! Since its designation in 2011, we've been thrilled to see so many shelters and rescues across the country hosting events during the entire month of October, with the hope that the spirit of National Pit Bull Awareness Day is carried all year through.
Tiffin inspired me to create a national day of awareness and appreciation for the American Pit Bull Terrier. For Tiffin, and for all out beloved family companions, we should keep the spirit of the National Pit Bull Awareness Campaign in our hearts in October and every day!
Through education and compassion, we will bring about a positive change for these incredible dogs!