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Found/Can't Keep A Dog?
 

There are obvious dangers to our beloved dogs, such as PETA's campaign to see them all dead, but there are less obvious dangers as well. This horrific photo shows a beautiful white pit bull bitch who has had a second dog's heart transplanted into to her neck. This is something I have witnessed in person, and the agony the dogs suffer for the week or so they live after the surgery is gruesome. This procedure - and worse - are common in today's animal research laboratories. The fact that American pit bulls are plentiful, easy to handle and friendly make them highly desirable as research victims. Please be aware that the pit bulls crowding shelters are making their way into research labs everyday.

 

 

DONATE POSITIVE
PIT BULL BOOKS:

Anyone can do this! Buy used (cheap!) copies of positive books on the breed and donate them to:

  • Local animal control
  • Local police departments
  • Local libraries
  • Local schools
  • City or county councilmembers

If you can't afford to buy a book or two, you can make positive packets of information. Bind them in an inexpensive binder and they will work just as well!

 

 

This wonderful picture recently appeared in a New York newspaper. The dog is "Alexis", a bitch rescued from a drug house by the police and adopted by Cyd Cross, co-founder of the rescue and education group "Out of the Pits". Cyd and Alexis do school education programs in the New York area which, as you can see, have a tremendous positive impact on the next generation.

Pit bull owners are finding that their dogs are outstanding choices for a variety of "outreach" work, be it visitations to the elderly, reading programs for children or dog safety programs for kids. Consider putting a neighborhood dog safety program together for your neighborhood kids.

 

 

BOYCOTT CONTINENTAL AIRLINES

Or any airline which discriminates against dogs by breed.

At this time Continental Airlines remains the only airline which discriminates against "pit bulls".

It may seen a small thing to some, but if dog owners would unite against discrimination in all its forms soon breed specific discrimination would be stopped.

Next time you plan a flight please take a moment to make sure you're not supporting breed discrimination unintentionally!

 

SHOW THE PUBLIC
YOUR WONDERFUL DOG!

If you have a well mannered pit bull, get it out in the public eye. Don't hesitate to tell people that your dog is a PIT BULL - people need to know that the nice dog they just met is a pit bull.

Every time you take your friendly dog out for a walk you run the chance of being able to educate someone about why you chose to add an American pit bull to your home. You can change minds - one dog at a time!

Be aware of public perception:

Certain equipment can make your dog look dangerous or hard to control to an uneducated public. Try to avoid taking your dog out to public events wearing a prong collar, shock collar or even a head halter; many people think it is a muzzle.

 


TURN IN ABUSERS:

Don't be afraid to turn in those you know are abusing their dogs. If you know someone who is fighting their dogs or keeping them in substandard conditions, report them! Even if you don't leave your name, just turn in the information and the address to your local animal control.

 

So many new people are falling in love with the American pit bull and becoming aware of its plight as a "fad" breed.

It can be overwhelming to face the ignorance, fear, media bias and breed specific legislation that threaten our dogs. But EVERY SINGLE PERSON can make a positive difference. YOU can make a difference!

I hope this page will give you ideas and resources to find a way for you to step up and help the dogs and the breed. Thank you!

HOW YOU CAN HELP!

DON'T BREED FOR RESALE RIGHT NOW!

The number one problem facing our breed right now is simply this - overpopulation.

The breeder who produces multiple litters right now is the problem, plain and simple. These people are pumping more dogs into inappropriate homes, more dogs into rescue, more dogs into the headlines. The pit bull should be a breed of moderate popularity, not the exploited victim of a fad craze as he is now.

Unless you are a serious, long time fancier, please do the most important thing you can do right now to help our dogs - don't breed litters for resale.

CLICK HERE to see why

 

BECOME ACTIVE WITH YOUR LOCAL ANIMAL CONTROL

Volunteer or get on the board of directors. Yes, you! Pit bulls need people working "from the inside" desperately. Work for positive changes, especially where pit bulls are concerned.

Support local efforts to enact fair but firm dog control laws.

Does your local shelter sell animals to research? You can work to stop this cruel practice.

Educate yourself about the intellectual fraud of the "no-kill" movement. Make sure your local shelter does not "warehouse" dogs as part of this cruel fad. Long-term boarding of dogs is extremely stressful on an animal - CLICK HERE to learn more about why the move to "no kill" is often horrific for the animals involved.

Get in and help! It is very easy to criticize shelter workers - much harder to really realize what they have to deal with day after day. Shelters clean up after "dog men", show breeders and pet owners who pump out litters of pups who find their way into shelters. It is disheartening work, and a kind word for their efforts goes a long way.

 

ARE YOUR DOGS GOOD NEIGHBORS?
How do your dogs represent the breed in your neighborhood? Are they friendly and confident dogs who greet friendly strangers calmly? The American pit bull is well known for its love of humans. Snarling, growling dogs are showing a lack of confidence and present a negative image to neighbors. These dogs, owned by Amy Morris, greet neighbors and make friends for the breed.

 

DON'T SUPPORT "HUMANE" GROUPS
WHO ADVOCATE BREED DISCRIMINATION

Believe it or not, there are "humane" groups which advocate death to our beloved dogs.

Be very, very careful in your support of "animal rights" groups - question their stance on breed specific legislation and mandatory sterilization of specific breeds. DO NOT support any organization which advocates breed discrimination in ANY form.

I hold very strong views about animal welfare, and have been a life member of the American Anti-Vivisection Society since 1975, however, I have seen a concerning change in the agendas of some large animal "rights" groups. PETA is a good example of this strange "love them to death" attitude which calls for the destruction of animals to free them from "abuse". To learn more how PETA discriminates against our dogs, CLICK HERE.

 

FIGHT DOG FIGHTING!

Anyone can help to stop dog fighting. Make posters (like the one above) and post them in areas where youth gather. Educate any children around you to the truth about dog fighting.

For hard hitting, accurate information about dog fighting CLICK HERE.

MICROCHIP YOUR DOGS!!!

MICROCHIP all your dogs and any puppies you breed. Make sure your dogs wear a collar with ID as well. There is NO EXCUSE for any breeder to fail to microchip their puppies. Microchips are the only way to trace where all these dogs in rescue are coming from.

Any person who breeds a litter and does not microchip them can never say they "know" their pups don't end up in rescue or a shelter. Ignorance can be bliss - but it cost dogs their lives.

After nearly two decades working in animal control, I can say with authority that microchips mean the difference between life and death for lost pets. Unlike collars, a microchip cannot be removed. If your local animal control does not have a scanner, consider holding an event to raise funds for one. It will be money well spent.

 

SUPPORT A REPUTABLE PIT BULL RESCUE

SUPPORT PIT BULL RESCUE ORGANIZATIONS. Done well, "rescue" gives "thrown away" purebred American pit bulls a second chance at finding a responsible and loving home. Those who do rescue are among the hardest working and most dedicated of "dog people" and these tireless people need your support. Seek them out. Offer to foster a dog. Offer to help at events. You can really make a difference!

Traditionally, rescue work was done by breeders. Today those who do rescue are most often non-breeders, in fact, today rescue is often done by well intentioned people with no real experience or specific breed knowledge. Anyone can call themselves a "rescue" and by putting up a website, appear to be "experts".

I mention this, because it is important that you support rescues which are positive for our breed. Any organization or individual who fails to screen both dog and adopter in a responsible manner can do more harm than good. For more information on rescue, please Click here.

 


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