Story: A Friendly Dog Shouldn’t Have to Wear a Friendly Collar
I was with my golden retriever today at the car wash and I met a darling pit bull wearing a collar with the word “FRIENDLY” embroidered on it.
Ironically enough, my dog, a “friendly-looking” pup is actually mildly reactive.
This pit bull couldn’t have been more neutral, yet his caregiver took the extra step to make sure folks know that he is. I don’t think that’s fair.
Let’s give this negative hype a remix. Here are positive stories to read and share.
10 Uplifting Pit Bull Tales
How to Help
- Learn how to make a positive change for pit bull dogs from BADRAP, the top high-impact nonprofit working on a local/state level for Local Animal Welfare, Rights, & Protection. BADRAP has adoptables and offers training classes for dog owners and advocates to animal welfare leaders.
- Explore pit bull resources and get involved in preventing breed discrimination from Best Friends Animal Society.
- Attend a Stand up for Pits event to show your support. The nonprofit hosts live entertainment events throughout the U.S. that include a Kissing Booth (with Angel the adorable pit!) and silent auction.
- Download “The Pit Bull Placebo: The Media, Myths and Politics of Canine Aggression,”by Karen Delice, founder of the National Canine Research Council
- If you’re a pit parent, join a local pit bull advocacy group like Los Angeles Responsible Pit Bull Owners (LARPBO). Show your community how it’s done!
Pit bulls and pit bull mixes are the dogs most at risk of being killed in animal shelters around the country because of the sheer number of them and the negative stigma surrounding them.”
— Best Friends Animal Society