Pit bull. When most people hear that, they think of a violent breed, dog fighting, dangerous. Most people, however, don’t know that in the early 1900’s the American pit bull terrier was respected for its loyalty, intelligence and determination. So much so that the U.S. military chose the breed’s image to represent our country on war posters. Today, due to irresponsible owners exploiting those same all-American characteristics, they have become the most abused and misunderstood dog breed in history. As a consequence, pit bulls are flooding animal shelters. An estimated 1/3 of dogs entering shelters are pit bulls or pit bull mixes. Of those, 90% will not find a home.
Pawsitive Alliance is trying to reverse that trend. Due to the incredible success of previous offerings of The Responsi-Bull Project, four animal welfare organizations have partnered again to sponsor the program in September to encourage responsible pit bull ownership. Ultimately, this will help to lower the euthanasia rates of this breed currently facing an “epidemic of homelessness.” The Responsi-Bull Project is a three-part program that includes FREE spay and neuter, FREE responsible pit bull ownership workshops, and FREE obedience classes for pit bulls and their owners.
The Responsi-Bull Project has expanded and is being offered in both Pierce and Kitsap Counties.
Part 1: Pit-Fix
Beginning October 1st, for a limited time, pit bull owners can have their dogs spayed or neutered FREE at the Coalition: HUMAnE Spay & Neuter Clinic in Tacoma. To make an appointment
1) Go to www.CoalitionHumane.org and fill out the online appointment request form. Mention RAB where the form asks for assistance program,
2) E-mail a photo of your dog to [email protected] Put YOUR NAME and RAB in the SUBJECT LINE so the photo can be matched with the appointment request.
The clinic is located at 2106 Tacoma Avenue S, Tacoma WA 98402. Space is limited and restricted to individuals of low-income status and one animal per household.
Residents of Kitsap County should contact the Kitsap Humane Society at www.kitsap-humane.org or 360-692-6977 for information on how to get your pit bull fixed at no cost. Kitsap County residents may schedule an appointment by emailing [email protected] or calling 360-692-6977. A picture of your dog and application must be emailed to [email protected] or mailed to Kitsap Humane Society to schedule an appointment. Space is limited.
Part II: Pit-Ed
On September 18th 2011 a free Responsible Pit-Bull Ownership Workshop was hosted by BullsEye Dog Rescue, held at Play Bow Dog Training in Tacoma, WA. Owners tired of seeing people shy away from their beloved pet learned how to combat the misconceptions of the pit bull breed. They also learned about breed-specific legislation changes proposed in Puget Sound. Attendees learned the do’s and don’ts of owning pit bulls to help restore its family dog image.
If you are interested in learning more, contact [email protected] or refer to www.kitsap-humane.org.
Part III: Train-A-Pit
Play Bow Dog Training and BullsEye Dog Rescue are offering a five week basic obedience class for pit bulls that is FREE to those who complete the class. Owners will be asked to pay a $50 registration fee. Every week you attend you will receive $10 back. If you attend all five classes, the class is FREE (a $150 value). Classes will be offered Saturday afternoons from 2:00pm-3:00pm, 3:30pm-4:30pm, and 5:00pm-6:00pm, starting on Saturday September 24th 2011. This is a great opportunity to learn leadership practices and bond with your dog. Space is limited and restricted to individuals of low-income status and one dog per household. You can register now or online at http://www.bullseyerescue.org/responsibullsignup.htm.
To learn more about this program and its sponsors, BullsEye Dog Rescue, Coalition: HUMAnE Spay & Neuter, Pawsitive Alliance, the Humane Society for Tacoma/Pierce County and Play Bow Dog Training, please visit http://www.bullseyerescue.org/responsibull.htm.
Grantmakers that make this program possible are: Animal Farm Foundation, Pitbull Rescue Central and the Handsel Foundation.