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National Pit Bull Awareness Day (NPBAD) is a day of appreciation and education designed to change perceptions and stereotypes about pit bulls and their responsible owners. NPBAD was established to educate and foster positive communications and experiences in the communities in which we and our dogs live, and it is an initiative dedicated to restoring the image of the American Pit Bull Terrier. 

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

Despite the overall positive reception, Preis initially received criticism from some for using the generic term "pit bull" in naming the nationwide effort, however, the term was chosen deliberately, and is used for a very obvious reason. "Pit bull" 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, of course, to change that negative image. 

The ultimate goal of NPBAD 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, circumvent knee-jerk reactions such as breed bans, and the truth will result in fewer pit bulls ending up in animal shelters. 

NPBAD is an annual event that takes place on the last Saturday in October. (If Halloween falls on the last Saturday, then another date is chosen).  Nevertheless, with the exception of the designated date, NPBAD is "unstructured" to allow those who participate to be as creative and have as much fun as possible with their ideas and celebrations. Through the years, we have seen some really creative and incredibly successful events!  

NPBAD is the heart of the National Pit Bull Awareness Campaign, an effort to change minds and opinions about pit bulls not just one day a year, but everyday!

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Pit Bull Awareness Day is October 22, 2016!
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Once again, for NPBAD 2015, we're putting a BIG emphasis on YOU...all the dedicated owners and  advocates out there.  We know that behind every good pit bull is an OUTSTANDING pit bull advocate making the best of every opportunity to show off this incredible breed!!
Dothan, Alabama

Host: Wiregrass Bully Friends
Event: Coast to Coast Walk
Event Contact Name: Barbara Daniels
Event Contact e-mail:
Website: FB group: Wiregrass Bully Friends

Oakland, New Jersey

Host: Ramapo-Bergen Animal Refuge, Inc.
Event: NPBAD Celebration & Education Event
Event Contact Name: Catherine Jump
Event Contact Email: -or-
Web Site:

Additional Information: Please join us at Ramapo-Bergen Animal Refuge, Inc. on Saturday, October 26th, from 11 AM - 4 PM for a day to celebrate and bring positive awareness to the American Pit Bull Terrier. Activities include coloring and essay contests for the kids, bake sale, and educational materials about this misunderstood breed. Ramapo-Bergen Animal Refuge, Inc., 2 Shelter Lane, Oakland, NJ, 201-337-5180.  

Breinigsville, Pennsylvania 

Host:   The Lehigh Valley Pitbull Awareness Club
Event:  Paws 4 a Beat in Celebration of Pit Bull Awareness Day on October 13th 11am-6pm
Location:   Valley Preferred Cycling Center 1151 Mosser Rd Breinigsville, PA 18031
Contact: Bethany and David Lee
Contact E-mail:

Additional Information: Paws 4 a Beat is an acoustic concert featuring local musicians. The day will feature excellent music, events and crafts for the kids, vendors from all walks of life, educational talks and demonstrations, and more. This is a free event to all who are interested. Well behaved dogs are welcomed ON LEASH. Please no 
retractable leashes.
Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania

Host: LCPO (Luzerne County Pit Bull Owners, Inc.)
Event: October 26th, 2013. 12-5pm. NEPA National Pit Bull Awareness Day
Location: Kirby Park in Wilkes Barre PA 
Event Contact Name: Christine
Event Contact E-mail:

Tampa, Florida

Host: Pit Bull Gear
Event: Pit Bull Gear Presents the 7th Annual Pit Bull Awareness Day
Location: Florida State Fairgrounds 4800 US Highway 301 N Tampa, FL 33610 (61,000 sqft Rodeo arena indoor)
Contact Name: Allen or Connie Hudson
Contact Email: OR

Additional Info: Featured events will be Fun Confirmation Show w/tons of great classes to enter, Weight Pull, Hang Time, and for the first time the Doggie Fun Zone will be there with their amazing Lure Course ( There will be several rescue organizations with many wonderful dogs needing forever homes, food, vendors, giveaways etc. This is a family event where your dogs are welcome. It's a celebration of this wonderful breed! Saturday Oct 26th.

Burlington, Kentucky

Host: Northern Kentucky Bully Nation Education & Rescue 
Event: NKY 2nd Annual Nation Pit Bull Awareness Day
Location: 5550 Idlewild Burlington KY 41005
Event Contact Name: Jamie Chandler
Event email:

Additional Information:  Time: 11:00 am to 4:00 pm.  There will be human & pet friendly vendor's, pit bull merchandise, a Howl-o-ween costume contest, Best Trick Contest, Owner/Dog Look-a-Like Contest, Food & Drink, etc. We are looking into getting a CGC test evaluator, a pet communicator, having a vaccination clinic and more...
Las Cruces, New Mexico

Host: ACTion Programs for Animals (APA)
Event: 2nd Annual PITS for Peace Walk
Location: Young Park, Las Cruces, NM
Event Contact Name: Michel Meunier, event chair
Event contact e-mail:

Additional Information: This is our second annual event, and we were very pleased with the turnout last year and expect the event to grow in popularity each year. We have many, many wonderful pit bull-type dog guardians in Las Cruces (many of them our adopters), and it was nice to have something to celebrate them and their dogs and just the overall good nature of dogs in general. We had lots of breeds and types of dogs come out, and that was wonderful, too. Our organization adheres to the philosophies of the Animal Farm Foundation, and we know that every dog, as every person, is a unique individual.

Cookeville, Tennessee

Host:  Bless the Bullys
Event:  Meet & Greet at Bark in the Park (Saturday, October 5, 2013)
Location:  Algood Park, Cookeville, TN
Event Contact:  Jodi Preis
Contact E-mail:

Chesterton, Indiana

Host:  Laura Bruccoleri and Piper
Event:  Coast to Coast Bully Walk
Contact:  Laura Bruccoleri
Contact e-mail:

Additional Information:  TBA

Paducah, Kentucky

Host:  Unchained Love Inc.
Event: National Pit Bull Awareness Day 2013
Location: Traders Mall, 6900 Benton Road, Paducah, KY    
Event contact:  Richard Jennings   
Event contact email

Additional Information:  Join us for a celebration of the true American Icon the APBT. Raffles, bake sale, kissing both, Pet photos with you and your fur baby or alone. Costume contest and the best trick contest. We have tons of fun things in store like face painting. duck game for the kids. We will be educating the public on why BSL do not work and giving them positive alternatives to BSL. This will be our first year, but so far the items donated for raffling off are some really cool ones. We will also have event T-shirts that help spread the news about NPBAD 2013. 
Toledo, Ohio

Host: Lucas County Pit Crew
Event: National Pit Bull Awareness Day Party
Location: Wildwood Metropark Shelter House #1 Central Avenue Toledo, OH
Contact: Jean Keating

Additional Information:  Bring your dog and come celebrate from 1-3 with your Lucas County Pit Crew friends. Enter the costume contest, eat some goodies, or just sit back and check out our adoptable dogs/puppies. All dog friendly dogs are welcome to attend provided they are on a 6 foot or shorter leash, no retractables please.
Oak Ridge, Tennessee

Host:  East TN Pit Bull Rescue
Event:  Pit Bull Awareness Day
Location:  Tractor Supply, Oak Ridge, TN
Event Contact:  Wendy Jackson
Contact E-Mail:

Additional Information:   ETPBR will be celebrating National Pit Bull Awareness Day at the Tractor Supply in Oak Ridge.  The event will be from Noon to 4 PM. There will be a rabies clinic from 2P to 4P. There will be a photographer there doing Fall/Harvest Portraits with FREE 8X10 for each sitting! There will be costume contests and as with ALL ETPBR events there will be door prizes galore! If you would like FREE vendor space - PLEASE get in touch with us!
Dallas, Texas

Host: North Texas Pit Bull Alliance
Event: North Texas Pit Bull Pride
Location: Flag Pole Hill 8100 Doran Cir., Dallas, TX
Event Contact Name: Nichole
Event Contact E-mail:
Website (if applicable):

Additional Information: Join us as we challenge the incorrect public perception of Pit Bull type dogs and support the great people who call a Pit Bull their family! We will remember dogs that have lost their lives and families that have lost their dogs due to Breed Specific Laws/Ordinances. We will honor dogs that have been or are currently victims to dog-fighting/animal cruelty.
Austin, Texas

Host: Love-A-Bull, Inc.
Event: 5th Annual Texas-Sized Pittie Pride
Location: Republic Square Park, 422 Guadalupe Street, Austin, TX 
Event Contact Name: Lindsey Ortize or Leah LeVine
Event Contact E-mail: or

Additional Information: Don't miss being a part of this year's Texas-Sized Pittie Pride on Sunday, October 27, 2013. Love-A-Bull's annual event will be based on the theme of equality, "All dogs are created equal." Join us for the Parade of Pit Bulls (and Friends) up historic Congress Avenue and ending in Republic Square Park for an awesome family-friendly Festival featuring booths by animal rescue groups/shelters, vendors & retailers (both pet & human merchandise), dog trainers & educators. There will be food & drink merchants, music, a silent auction, fun & games, and of course a pet costume contest! Love-A-Bull, community groups, rescue organizations, and trainers will talk about their mission and programs, perform demonstrations, and hold Q & A sessions with the public.  Booth spaces and sponsorships are still available. Please visit our website for more info and registration!

Portland, Oregon

Host: The Portland Pit Bull Project
Event: October Bully Walk & National Pit Bull Awareness Event
Location: Portland, Oregon
Event Contact Name: Cheryl Huerta
Event Contact E-Mail:

Additional Information: Also list your events/bully walks on Facebook at the Coast To Coast Bully Walk

Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Host:Nicole Bojar
Event:Show Me Your Pits
Event Contact Name:Nicole
Event Contact Email*

Additional Information:  TBA

Harbourfont, Toronto, Ontario

Host: Pit Bull Co-Op
Event: National Pit Bull Awareness Day
Event Contact: Debbie Black
Event Contact E-mail:

Additional Information:  Ontario "Pit Bull" Co-op joins the international day of Awareness. This is one of our best attended Annual Events. (Costumed Walk)

San Antonio, Texas

Host: Alamo City Bull Breeds United
Event: ACBBU’s 7th Annual National Pit Bull Awareness Day 
Location: Brakenridge Park, 3700 N St Mary's St, San Antonio, TX 78212
We will be at the first picnic area off of Broadway and Tuleta Dr. (behind the Witte Museum)
Event Contact Name: Pamela Cravets
Event Contact E-mail:
Website:  (for event info) and (general breed info) 

Additional Information: Dogs welcome! Event will be from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. “Running of the Bulls” dog walk through the park starts at 10:00 a.m. followed by “Pit Bull Games”; games include “Fastest Sit”, “Dammedest Down” and “Petey Sez”. Prizes will be awarded. We will be offering CGC testing for $10 and will have an informational booth set up as well. 

Wakefield, Massachusetts

Host: Lisa Casavant
Event: 2013 Coast to Coast Bully Walk - Eastern MA
Location: 200 Quannapowitt Parkway, Wakefield MA 
Event Contact Name: Lisa Casavant
Event Contact Email:

Additional Information: FREE! 2nd annual national event to promote and celebrate the positive image of pit bulls and other bully breeds! There will be a walk, interactive activities for your dog, pit celebs, entertainment, raffles, tons of give-a-ways, educational booths, vendors, rescue organizations, and a whole lot of comradery. Make new friends and re-connect with old ones at this big pittie party!

Dodge City, Kansas

Host: Dawn Meredith
Event: SouthWest Kansas Bully Walk
Location: Starting at Lyons Park (3rd and Brier) at 3PM on October 26, 2013
Event Contact Name: Dawn Meredith
Event Contact E-mail:

Additional information: We are doing a group walk with our Pit Bull babies. We must follow all city ordinance guidelines: local dogs must be registered and insured, dogs from outside city limits must be insured, ALL dogs must be on a 6 foot or shorter leash, muzzled, and current on vaccinations. I MUST HAVE A COPY OF PROOF OF VACCINATIONS FOR EACH DOG PRESENT. We will follow DINOS (Dogs In Need Of Space) guidelines, each dog needs to be given adequate space while walking to avoid any nervousness in the animals and no face to face interactions (between dogs and people or between dogs) without first asking permission from the owner. And we need to pick up any waste from our animals to be courteous to other residents. We are looking to make this a positive event to show the city that our dogs have just as much right to be here as others and to promote the breed as the peaceful beautiful animals that they are. If you cannot follow the rules please do not attend; we have worked hard to get this approved by city officials and we do not want anything to encourage them to reinforce the ban or strengthen the existing regulations on our Pit Bulls. We will have police escorts to ensure the safety of our animals and to direct traffic during the walk. At the conclusion of the walk we will be distributing educational materials regarding Pit Bulls and BSL. We are also trying to set up a showing of "Beyond the Myth" for that day or at least the week leading up to the event. 

Monterey, California

Host: SociaBull
Event: 2nd Annual Bullies by the Bay - NPBAD Bully Walk
Location: Monterey, CA
Contact: Brian Rozema

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Host: Changing Laws for Paws
Event: National "Pitbull" Awareness Day Celebration
Location: Toronto, Ontario CANADA
Event Contact Name: Laura Marlatt
Event Contact Email:


District of Columbia  (Washington, DC)

Host: Lucky Dog Animal Rescue
Event: Pits in the Park
Location: Dupont Circle, Washington DC
Event Contact Name: Elissa Kurtz or Mirah Horowitz
Event Contact Email: elissak@luckydoganimalrescue or or

Additional Information: Lucky Dog Animal Rescue is hosting a Pit Bull Educational Awareness event in Dupont Circle, October 26 this year in honor of National Pit Bull Awareness Day! 

Nashville, Tennessee

Host: Nashville PITTIE
Event: (Pit Bull Awareness Day) WonderBull!
Location: Fontanel Mansion & Farm 4225 Whites Creek Pk Nashville TN 37189
Event Contact Name: Ren McGraw
Event Contact E-mail:

Additional Information: We will be celebrating our Superheroes! Music, food, training demo,contests: "Most Dynamic Duo", "Best Superpower", and more!  Holy snap-shot Batman! is that a phone-booth-photo-booth?

Charleston, South Carolina

Host: Chucktown Bully Breed Club and Charleston Bully Walk
Event: 2nd Annual Howl-O-Ween Parade for Bully Breed Awareness on October 27, 2013 at noon 
Location: Downtown Charleston, South Carolina (Colonial Lake area)
Event Contact Name: January E. O’Neale (Jan)
Event Contact E-mail:

Additional Information: All dogs are welcome!

State College, Pennsylvania

Host: Happy Paws Happy Homes
Event: Pit Bull Awareness Day 2013
Location: Gazebo across from State College PA Petco-Colonnade Way, State College PA
Event Contact Name: Cindy Ross
Event Contact Email:

Additional Information:  Family-friendly, free event which will take place Saturday, October 26, 2013 from 12-4 at the gazebo across from State College PETCO (Collonade Way off of North Atherton Street). Leashed, fixed dogs that get along with other dogs and kids are welcome at the event. The event happens rain or shine.The purpose of the event is to give the public an opportunity to meet pit bulls, help dispel the myths associated with pit bulls, and show the true nature of these loveable, comical dogs. You can check out photos from our past Pit Bull Awareness Day events on our Facebook page. 

Lenoir City, Tennessee

Host: Fighting for the Bullys Pit Bull Rescue
Event: Pit Bull Awareness Day
Location: Tractor Supply, Lenoir City, TN
Contact e-mail:

Additional Information: Saturday, October 19, 2013.  We will have food, vendors, trainers, demonstrations, prizes given away all day long, dog show and much more!!! Please plan to join us, and bring your favorite 4 legged friend! ALL BREEDS WELCOME!!! Would LOVE to have ALL of my adopted rescues here for a group picture!!!

Cincinnati, Ohio

Host: Cincinnati Pit Crew
Event: Muttster Mash
Location: Hamilton County Fairgrounds

Additional Information: October 26, 2013 at 4:00 p.m.  Cincinnati Pit Crew proudly presents a celebration of National Pit Bull Awareness Day! Join CPC and many other local rescues and animal related vendors for a day of fun! Planning is in the works and more details will be forthcoming! 

Howell, New Jersey

Host: Dana Forman with the Ocean County Bully Group
Event: National Pit Bull Awareness Day/ Halloween Wooftacular  
Location: Allaire State Park, Howell, NJ
Event Contact Name: Dana Forman 
Event Contact E-mail: 

Indianapolis, Indiana

Host: Indy Pit Crew
Event: National Pit Bull Awareness Day Festival and Walk
Location: Veterans Memorial Plaza, Downtown Indianapolis, Corner of Meridian and Michigan
Contact: Cynthia Pearman
Contact e-mail:

Ansonia, Connecticut

Host: CT Pit Bull Project
Location: Warsaw Park, 119 Pulaski Hwy,
Website:   or

Additional Information: SATURDAY, OCTOBER 19TH, 2013 | 11am - 3pm.  An event to celebrate the bully breeds! Connecting Pit Bull Advocates, Responsible Owners, and Lovers! Vendors, games, dot training demos and more! Admission is free.

Littleton, Colorado

Event: 3rd Annual Pit Bull Awareness Day Parade of Pit Bulls  
Location: Historic Downtown Littleton, CO
Contact: Kelly
Contact e-mail:

Additional Information: Saturday, October 26, 2013! The Parade of Pit Bulls will begin assembling at 11:00am in the Reinke Brothers parking lot at 5663 S. Prince Street, Littleton, CO, and will take off at 12:00 noon. Participants walking the pumpkin lined sidewalks of Main Street in Historic Downtown Littleton will have the chance to show off their best friend as we make the loop around town. The parade is open to any leashed, well behaved dog, AND dog/human costumes are highly encouraged! 

Sacramento, California

Host: Chako Pit Bull Rescue
Event contact name: Dawn
Event contact number: 916-534-8608
Facebook page:
Event page:

Richmond, Virginia

Host: Gracie’s Guardians and Richmond Animal League
Event: Screening of “Guilty Til Proven Innocent,” a documentary chronicling breed discrimination in the state of Ohio

Additional Information: Sunday, October 27, 2013 at 1:30 EDT. In honor of National Pit Bull Awareness Month (October), Gracie's Guardians, the pit bull initiative of the Richmond Animal League ( is proud to host the only Virginia screening of "Guilty 'Til Proven Innocent" a documentary chronicling breed discrimination in the state of Ohio.  

Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

Host: Myrtle Beach Bully Walk
Event: Pit Bull Awareness Walk 2013
Location: On the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk at 9th Ave North
Event Contact Name: Richard Gregory
Event Contact Email:

Additional Information: Our walk will begin at 3PM on October 26th, 2013. Any and all breeds are welcome to join us in our effort to promote positive pit bull breed awareness. Since the walk is so close to Halloween, we welcome you to dress your dogs up costumes! 
Our event page:

Hickory, North Carolina

Host: St Francis of Assisi's Bully Breed Rescue
Event: Fall Festival & Pit Bull Awareness
Location: Devotion Tattoo 465 HWY 70 SW Hickory, NC 28602
Event Contact Name: Mackinzie McClure
Event Contact E-mail:

Additional Information: We are hosting a Fall Festival with local craft vendors, Halloween costumes contests for kids and pets, we will be hosting a vigil for all the pit bulls lost to BSL and discrimination. We plan on having a Vet on site for a vaccine clinic. We will be hosting a variety of fund raising events in efforts to raise money needed to help us build our shelter as well. We will have information and hand outs educating the public about Pit Bulls. We will also have dogs available for adoption.

Albuquerque, New Mexico

Host: New Mexico Pets Alive!
Event: National Pit Bull Awareness Day - Albuquerque Community Event
Location: Petco - 10700 Lomas Blvd, NE, Albuquerque, NM
Event Contact Name: Kurt Schlough
Event Contact E-mail:

Additional Information: BRING THE WHOLE FAMILY and COME CELEBRATE WITH US! Pit bull dog adoptables, prizes, training info., vaccinations and pet health info., delicious food + more. Event will be held in the parking lot of Petco - Se Albuquerque from 10am - 4pm.

Chisilhurst, New Jersey

Host: NJ Aid for Animals
Event: NPBAD
Location: Manny’s Last Chance Saloon, 221 White Horse Pike
Contact E-Mail:

Additional Information:  On Saturday, October 26, 2013, join us at Manny's Last Chance Saloon from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm.  Admission is free, and we will have a pittie kissing booth and pin the tail on the pit bull.  The Unexpected Pit Bull 2014 calendars will be available for purchase.  Information on low cost spay/neuter for pit bulls.  Adoptable dogs from the Camden County Animal Shelter and Bella-Reed Pit Bull Rescue, and special guests including photographer Caroline Twohill;  Pit bull behavior specialist, Mary (Harlewik) Alverson, founder of the Real Pit Bull; and Attorney Flora Edwards.  Ms. Edwards will be presenting "Punish the Deed, Not the Breed" - Why Breed Specific Legislation is Illegal in NJ and what to do if your municipality tries to pass it at 12:00 (noon).      
Black Eagle, Montana

Host: Great Falls Animal Shelter & their Volunteer Program, the Shelter Sidekicks
Event: Free Bully Breed Training
Location: F & L Pet Resort, 2500 17th ST Ne, Black Eagle, MT 59414
Event Contact Name: Laura McElhinney 406-564-3685

Additional Information: We will be hosting 2 sessions of free bully breed training on October 26, 2013 at 10:00 am & 2:00 pm. Pre-registration is required. Auditors welcome.  Adoptable Bully Breeds will be in attendance. Electric City Pittie Committee will be in attendance with information on Pit Bulls and a Kissing Booth

Chesapeake Beach, Maryland

Host:  Humane Society of Calvert County
Event:  National Pit Bull Awareness Day Celebration
Location:  Captain Biggs in Chesapeake Beach, MD 
Contact: Kirstyn  
Contact E-mail:

Additional Information: Join the Humane Society of Calvert County for our second National Pit Bull Awareness Day celebration! We will have food, fun, vendors, a costume contest, a raffle, and of course, adoptable pitties! Come learn about this misunderstood breed, bring your own dogs, and have a great time! Please, no retractable leashes and all dogs over 6 months must be spayed or neutered.

Atlanta, Georgia

Host Atlanta Underdog Initiative 
Event: Atlanta Bully Rally
Location: Perkerson Park, Atlanta, Georgia
Contact E-mail:

Additional Information:  The 2013 Atlanta Bully Rally is October 26, 2013 from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. (EDT) and lined up an awesome special guest speaker - Bully The Kid! Bully The Kid, formerly an Atlanta animal cruelty investigator, is well-known in pit bull circles. Check out last year's website for details about what happens at the Bully Rally!

Chino Hills, California

Host: Priceless Pet Rescue with the help of Best Friends Animal Society
Event: Pittie Fest
Location: Veteran's Park 14877 Eucalyptus Ave Chino Hills, CA
Contact name: Terra Nokes

Houston, Texas

Host:  Treat 'Em Right Rescue
Event:   Houston's Second Annual National Pit Bull Awareness Day Event
Location:  Winston's On Washington, 5111 Washington Ave, Houston, TX 
Event Contact E-mail:

Additional Information: Are you ready for our Second Annual National Pit Bull Awareness Day?  Come join us at Winston's on Washington, 5111 Washington Ave, Houston, Texas  from 1-9pm on Saturday, October 26th.

Atlanta, Georgia

Hosts: Stubby's Heroes and Friends to the Forlorn Pit Bull Rescue 
Event: First Annual "Light for the Lost" Candlelight Vigil 
Location: Piedmont Park, 400 Park Drive NE, Atlanta, GA  
Event Contact Name:  Jordan Sutherlin
Event Contact E-mail:  FTTFEVENTS@GMAIL.COM 

Additional information:  Join activists, Stubby's Heroes, and rescuers, Friends To The Forlorn Pit ull Rescue, at their First Annual Light for the Lost Candlelight Vigil to honor the estimated ONE MILLION pit bulls that are euthanized each year in our shelters nationwide.  This event is free. To order LED candles for $5.00 each, please pre-order by submitting an email to FTTFEVENTS@GMAIL.COM. All proceeds will go to benefit the rescue and outreach efforts of Friends To The Forlorn Pitbull Rescue. For more information and to RSVP, please find the Event on Facebook - First Annual "Light for the Lost" Candlelight Vigil or email FTTFEVENTS@GMAIL.COM. Event is Saturday, Oct 26th, 8:30-9:30pm. This is a dog-free event. We plan on walking the park w/our lit LED candles in the spirit of the Stubby's Heroes monthly county pack walks. We're hoping for a long line of lit candles for our beloved breed and shelter dogs everywhere!

Largo, Florida

Host:   SPCA Tampa Bay
Event:   Sniff University Open House and Pit Bull Awareness Day
Location:   SPCA Tampa Bay, 9099 130th Ave N in Largo, FL
Event Contact Name: Amelia Moore
Event Contact E-mail:

Huntington Beach, California

Host:    SCPBT and Orange County Pitbull Rescue 
Event:    "Picnic in the Park" for NPBAD!  
Location: Central Park in Huntington Beach, CA.  

Additional Information: We will have a red carpet, costume contest, raffles, parade and more. Please check out our It will be 10/26 from 9-1:00


Host: Soka Friends NRW
Event: Pitbull Awarness Day 
Location: Germany-45739 Oer-Erkenschwick, Am Stimbergpark 78 / Stimbergparkhotel
Event Contact Name:

Additional Information: Saturday, October 26 at 3:00 p.m. An event to celebrate the bully breeds! Connecting Pit Bull Advocates, Responsible Owners, and Lovers!

Lorton, Virginia

Host - Bully Paws Rescue
Event - Pit Bull Awareness Day 
Location - Occoquan Regional Park (Picnic Shelter 4), Lorton, Virginia
Event Contact Name - Stephanie Mintz
Event Contact Email -
Website -

Additional information:  Sunday, October 27 from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm.  Please join us for our 4th annual Pit Bull Awareness Day celebration on Sunday, October 27th!! We will have a BBQ/Picnic, pet-related vendors and booths, amazing raffle prizes, a Pittie kissing booth, a Howl-O-Ween costume contest, adopt-a-bull dogs, and much more!! We will have some special guests joining us for the day such as Presidential Pits Rescue, Bull Terrier Rescue of Va, Old Dominion Humane Society, Fairfax County Animal Shelter, and the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria. - Leashed dogs of all breeds are welcome!! (One dog per handler - no flexi-leads, please) We will be located at Picnic Shelter 4. We hope you can join us for a fun-filled day for the whole family!! 
Dallas, Texas

Host:  Angel's Island of Misfit Mutts 
Event:  Pits at the Park! 
Where:  Wagging Tail Dog Park, 5841 Keller Springs Road, Dallas, Texas
Contact:  Kat McCord
Contact Email:

Additional Information: Saturday, October 26 from 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm.  We will be set up outside of the Big Dog area. We will have a table with a game, information, beverages, and snacks for people and pups. All four legged and two legged friends are welcome, but Pits will be the guests of honor!

Memphis, Tennessee

Host:  Hearts of Gold Pit Rescue
Event:  Pit Bull Lovers Walking in Memphis
Location:  Tom Lee Park (Downtown Memphis)
Event Contact Name:   Donna Velez
Event Contact E-mail:
Athens, Tennessee

Hosts:    Stop the Ban and Break the Chains Pit Bull Rescue
Event:    National Pit Bull Awareness Day Celebration
Location: T  ractor Supply, 622 Congress Parkway, Athens, TN 
Event Contacts:   Sherri or Leslie
Event Contact E-mail: or

Additional Information:  Come on  out and celebrate Pit Bull Awareness Day with Break the Chains Pit Bull Rescue and Stop the Ban on Saturday, October 26, 2013 from 12:00pm to 4:00pm

Syracuse, New York

Host: Asti cCffe 
Event:  Pit Bull Awareness Day  
Location: 411 North Salina St,, Syracuse, NY 
Event contact name:  Kimberly Lara 
Event contact email: k

Additional information: on Tuesday, October 22, Asti will donate 15% of all receipts for the day to the rescue organization. Additional donations welcomed. Visit for more information. 

Sussex County, New Jersey

Host: Sussex County Dog Walking Group
Event: Halloween Hike 
Location: TBD
Event Contact Name:    Dee Broton
Event Contact E-mail:
Madison, Mississippi

Host: Duece's Dream Team
Event: Woofstock Music Festival/Petco Adoption Event
Location: Madison Petco Grounds East next to Menchie's Yogurt
Event Contact Name: Renee Kimble or Heather Wheeler
Event Contact E-mail: or

Additional Information: On October 12, 2013 a showing of "Beyond the Myth" will be shown at Grandview Cinema in Madison, MS at 10:00 A.M. you will have the opportunity to see this documentary! NO ADMISSION! Please invite your friends, enjoy an educational opportunity that has RAVE REVIEWS! Lunch at Dickey's before and during Woofstock, Dickey's will donate a percentage towards "Save Deuce" - the Deuce Dream Team!!! Then we will go over to Woofstock from 12:00-5:00. Family/Pet Friendly Event, Adoptable Puppies, Educational Seminars, Pet Parade, Costume Contest for Pets & Children, Kissing Booth, Tricks for Treats, Microchipping for Pets, Bring a bag of food for your favorite Shelter! 

BAND Lineup
12:00 Reed Rodgers
1:00 Chris Gill
2:00 Renegade 
3:00 Filter The Noise
4:00 Lint Belly

All pets are to be kept leashed at all times and owners responsible for any accidents! Clean up station will be provided.

Waterloo, Iowa

Host:  Cedar Valley Pit bull Rescue
Event:   3rd annual National Pit bull Awareness Day walk
Location:   Waterloo,Ia Oct 26th, 1:00 pm
Event Contact:   Donna Penne
Event Contact E-mail:

Additional Information: We will walk from Washington park to city Hall and back to park.  All dogs must be spay/neutered, shots up to date. No choke collars, prongs or spike collars. We want to promote the good nature family dogs they are. We are promoting responsible pit bull ownership and education.

Fontana, California

Host: SBRPBO: San Bernardino Responsible Pit Bull Owners
Event:   NPBAD Dog Walk
Location:   Pacific Electric Trail
Event Contact Name:   Jayne
Event Contact E-mail:

Additional Information: Start at Alder Ave, cross street is Arrow Blvd. Parking in Sheriffs parking lot next to trail, walking west towards Sierra Ave. North to City Hall, back to Miller park to rest. Back to Alder Ave. Starts at 9am finish at noon, 1.1 mile one way. Bring water for both dogs and self, pooh bags and comfortable walking shoes. If your dog has "ANY", issues wait till next year after it has had more training and socializing skills. We want 0 incidents. We are here to have fun and enjoy the company of our pets as well as showing the public our dogs are ambassadors for the breed. All dog breeds are welcome. No BSL here. 

Birmingham, Alabama

Host:  Bama Bully Rescue and Dog Days
Event:  Puppaween
Location:  Dog Days, 112 18th Street N., Birmingham, AL
Event Contact Name:  Melanie
Event Contact E-mail:

Additional Information:  Sunday, October 27 from 1-4. The theme for this event is a Halloween themed carnival. Dogs, kids and adults are welcome, costumes encouraged for all of you! Admission is free. You will be able to purchase tickets from our ticket booth and spend them at various activities around you. Tickets are $1/ea and we can take cash or credit cards. There will be a moon walk, a bean-bag toss, bobbing for dog toys, raffles, snow cones, bone mountain, and lots, lots more! There will be training presentations by Infinity Dog Training, Nail Clipping & Mini-Spa packages by Dog Days and costume contests for both dog & human! Birmingham Fashion Truck will also be on hand so the Moms can shop while the kids play! Prizes for games and giveaways will be happening all day.


Host:  Craig Hansen and Travis Mandli
Event:  Racine Area Bully Club (RABC#2)1st NPBAD Pit Bull Walk
Location:  Monument Square, Downtown Racine
Event Contact Name:  Craig Hansen
Event Contact E-mail:
Website: facebook group-R.A.B.C.#2(racine area bully club)

Additional Information:  Our group will be having a walk to celebrate all of our beloved pit bulls and to celebrate the lives of the pit bulls that all of us have lost.This day is also to bring awareness even more then what we do day in and day out to show the community and the non-believers that are family members can be and are well behaved in the public,around people,and all types of dogs.We also will be celebrating how far all of us as fellow pitbull owners/advocates have came and the strides we have made for our beloved breed and for what all of us across this nation have accomplished for our beloved family members.This day is for the pit bull and to let them know how much we love them and what we would do for them any given day.
Toledo, Ohio

Host: Toledo PET Bull Project
Event: National Pit Bull Awareness Day Celebration
Location: Wildwood Park Whiteside Shelter - 5100 Central Avenue
Contact E-mail: 

Additional Information:  Saturday, October 19 from 1pm to 4pm.  Enjoy a fun filled afternoon for the whole family.  All breeds and their owners are welcome and encouraged to take part in this FREE event!  Free family BBQ; Free training for you and your dog; Free collars, leashes, ID tags; Free rabies vaccinations from 1-3
Marlton, New Jersey

Host: The Princess Buttercup Foundation
Event: Halloween Pet Party
Location: 926 New Jersey 73 Marlton, NJ 
Event Contact Name: Valerie Paster
Event Contact E-mail:

Additional Information: Come dressed in your Halloween costume for fun with The Princess Buttercup Foundation on Saturday and Sunday, October 26th & 27th from 12-4pm! We'll be celebrating National Pit Bull Awareness Day and Halloween this weekend while raising funds for the dogs in our rescue. We'll have Halloween Pet Photos, Baked Goodies for Humans and Dogs, Canine Good Citizen Testing, Pumpkin Painting Contest, Costume Contest for Pets, Great Prizes, Games and Candy for Kids! All healthy, friendly pets (furry and scaly) are welcome! There is a $10 admission for the event which includes access to everything! Please note there is an additional $10 fee to take the Canine Good Citizen test! Please schedule your CGC test in advance by emailing us!

Long Branch, New Jersey

Host- Susan G. Komen for the cure of Central and South Jersey
Event- Pier Village Pooch Party
Location- Pier Village 1 Chelsea Ave., Long Branch, NJ 07740
Event contact name- Susan Corson 
Event Email-

Additional Information:  This event is a fun filled afternoon for dogs and their owners from 11-2. The Monmouth County SPCA will be showcasing some of their resident pitties all dressed in pink.

Lambertville, New Jersey

Host: Julie LaBagnara, Krisy Saul, Beth Park
Event: National PB Awareness Day
Location: Church St., Lambertville, NJ (in front of Picky Paws)
Event Contact Name: Julie LaBagnara
Event Contact E-mail:

Additional Information: We hope this will be a fun and informative day! Picky Paws, an outfitter for paws, has agreed to allow us to set up in front of their parking lot. We will have a kissing booth (kiss a bully for a dollar), a spare change jar (pennies for pits), color-a-bully coloring contest for kids, a number of informational posters, and we will be raffling off fantastic pit bull art by Dean Russo. There will be a lot of fun, friendly people and bullies! This is our first time hosting this event in Lambertville and we hope it will be a smashing success!

Springfield, Massachusetts

Host:  Dakin Humane Society
Event:  Pit Bull Appreciation Day
Location:  171 Union Street, Springfield, MA

Additional Information:  Saturday, October 26, 12pm to 4pm;  Special four-legged guests with "tails" of triumph over tragedy will be on hand to greet visitors including Piglet, the first animal to be helped in Massachusetts when animal cruelty was elevated from a misdemeanor to a felony and Cherry Garcia, one of the 22 Vicktory Dogs rescued from Michael Vick's property. Cherry has come a long way in his journey to overcome abuse. At the time of his rescue, Cherry, who was used as bait dog, was so emotionally shut that down that he would not walk. Now a happy and charismatic family member, Cherry makes public appearances to raise awareness about his breed. Cherry will be joined by his devoted family.  

Colorado Springs, Colorado

Host: Southern Colorado Pit Bull Advocates
Event: National Pit Bull Awareness Day Bully Walk
Location: University Village Shopping Center, Colorado Springs, CO (
Name: Vicki Gramm

Additional Information:  Our event will be on Sunday the 27th at 1:00 pm. We will have a costume contest and vendor booths.  We are holding our event on Sunday so we can support our neghbors' event being held on Saturday in Littleton, CO. 
Sacramento, California

Host:  Pit Bulls Against Misinformation 
Event;  National Pit Bull Awareness Day Pub Crawl benefit 
Event Contact E-Mail:

Additional Information:  We'll be starting at the Pour House at 1910 Q Street at 4:30 then going to Benny's, the Press Club, Starlite, Ally Katz, Kupros and an after party at the Distillery.  We'll be live-tweeting the event @PBAMTweets (you do not have to have a twitter account to see our tweets, simply point your browser here: )

Fresno, California

Host: Central California SPCA
Event: National Pit Bull Awareness Day 103 S. Hughes Ave. Fresno CA 
Location: Education Hall and Adoption Center, 103 S. Hughes Avenue, Fresno, CA
Event Contact Name: Thalia Arenas, Humane Educator
Event Contact E-mail:


Host: Pit Bull Co-Op Ottawa Chapter / Ottawa END BSL 
Event: Howl'oween Wander for National Pit Bull Awareness Day 
Location: Arboretum/Experimental Farm, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada 
Event Contact Name: Angella Robbins 
Event Contact E-mail: 

Additional Information: The Pit Bull Co-op: Ottawa Chapter and Ottawa End BSL groups are teaming up to host a 'Pitbull Parade'. We invite all Ottawa area residents and their dogs to participate. It is an opportunity to dress up your furry companion (or attend without a costume). The goal is to increase public awareness about BSL in Ontario and the danger it poses for dogs of all breeds,while at the same time having fun, being silly and showing off our pets in a social environment. There will be treat bags as well as a costume competition with the winner receiving a special (and very Pit bull themed) prize! 

As always, events of past years are left posted to inspire  ideas for your upcoming events.