October 24, 2020
Monday, October 26 is National Pit Bull Awareness Day!! For those who believe pit bulls are menacing, dangerous animals, this day is for you. For anyone who hasn’t taken the time to learn that pit bulls are in fact loving, caring pets, National Pit Bull Awareness Day is for you; a day in which we celebrate how loving, kind, and compassionate these dogs truly are and finally put to bed those terrible misconceptions.
HISTORY OF NATIONAL PIT BULL AWARENESS DAY:
In 2007, National Pit Bull Awareness Day was created to help raise awareness on the truth about Pit Bulls. For nearly 100 years, these four-legged friends were considered “Nanny Dogs,” because they were so loyal, docile, and loving that parents would often leave their babies or toddlers with their pit bulls while they ran to the store.
Over the decades, pitties have, unfortunately, garnered a reputation as being ferocious, malicious, and dangerous beasts. An image far from the truth and based on the actions of maligned humans, not the animals themselves.
WHY DO WE LOVE NATIONAL PIT BULL AWARENESS DAY?
By expanding education and advocacy, pit bull advocates hope to save the lives of countless dogs by negating the fear and bias spread by the media. Advocates work tirelessly to eliminate quick governmental reactions, such as breed bans. In doing so, it’s expected that fewer people will give up their pits for adoption, more will bring pit bulls home, and a positive cycle will be created.
NATIONAL PIT BULL AWARENESS DAY ACTIVITIES:
❤️Play with a pit bull:
The easiest way to change your perception about pit bulls is to get to know one personally. Whether it’s through a friend who owns one, a shelter, or an event specific to the awareness day, find a way to play with a pit, and we know you’ll quickly see they’re not the aggressive monsters they’re made out to be.
❤️Adopt a pit bull:
Perhaps one of the most impactful actions you could take on October 26 would be to give a home to a pit bull in need. They’re smart and strong dogs, so training is essential, but once you’ve done this, they are among the most obedient and loving breeds in the country.
❤️Share your experiences:
Whether you’re attending an adopt-a-thon, visiting a local shelter, donating food and supplies, or any other officially sponsored event, make sure you share it on social media with the hashtag #NationalPitBullAwarenessDay.