There are a lot of misconceptions when it comes to pit bulls and bully breeds. A pit bull is not actually a breed, but rather a grouping of at least three dog breeds and dogs with similar physical characteristics. Common “pit bull” breeds include the American pit bull terrier, the American Staffordshire terrier and the Staffordshire bull terrier, but the pit bull title can also include bull terriers, American bulldogs, mastiff breeds, boxers and a variety of other dogs.
Pit bull type dogs face much discrimination in the U.S. from shelters, adopters, housing complexes, insurance companies and even local governments. Even though breed-specific legislation (BSL) banning certain breeds has been proven to be ineffective and expensive, many communities still employ these laws. Meanwhile, pit bull type dogs make up the largest percentage of dogs in shelters and are also the most highly euthanized.
Love-A-Bull, Inc., of Austin, Texas, has been working since 2008 to change the conversation when it comes to pit bull type dogs and bully breeds through community support, education, advocacy and rescue. The group promotes responsible pit bull ownership and works to disprove many of the negative stereotypes surrounding these dogs while fighting BSL.
Love-A-Bull has several programs it runs, including the Pit Crew, a pit bull and pit mix therapy program. The Pit Crew provides therapeutic interaction to Austin residents when visiting schools, hospitals and other institutions, and the dogs act as breed ambassadors. Love-A-Bull also offers free training classes to its members in an effort to promote responsible ownership of pit bull type dogs.
On top of these programs, Love-A-Bull rescues and adopts out 60 to 70 pit bulls and pit mixes per year. One of these dogs is Gidget, a long-time rescue resident who has been overlooked time and again.
Gidget has been in our program for over 4 years and she is incredibly sweet and cuddly! Unfortunately, she kind of hits the trifecta of unlucky in that she is around 7 years old, black, and a pit bull type dog. She has been overlooked numerous times.
A sponsored adoption fee for Gidget allows potential families not to worry about “what she costs” and worry more about getting to know her and how’d she fit in to their life. For Love-A-Bull a sponsored adoption fee for Gidget means getting to see her spend the rest of her life with a family that loves and cares for her unconditionally.
To learn more about Gidget or apply to adopt her, please visit Love-A-Bull’s website and fill out an application. Love-A-Bull, Inc. is a pit bull rescue and advocacy group based in Austin, Texas.