Making Dog Breed’s Owners ‘Responsi-Bull’April 10th, 2009 by josh farley
Two years ago, a Poulsbo woman suffered the worst pit bull dog attack in the area in recent memory. The incident even spurred some changes in the area’s laws, and the pit bull’s boxer-mix’s owner, was charged with a felony.
UPDATE: The dog was assumed at the time to be a pit bull. It was only later found to be a boxer-mix, though it was possible to have had some pit bull in its family tree.
Many dog lovers out there were quick to comment at the time with a simple catchy mantra: “Blame the deed, not the breed.” And this April, four animal welfare organizations are partnering for the “Responsi-Bull Project.”
You’ll have to drive to Tacoma, but that may be well worth it to “…Encourage responsible pit bull ownership, and ultimately lower the euthanasia rates of this breed currently facing an epidemic of homeless,” according to organizers.
It’s a three part program that includes free spaying and neutering, a free “responsibility” workshop, and free obedience classes.
Here’s more from the organization’s release.
“In the early 1900′s, the American Pit Bull Terrier was so respected for its loyalty, intelligence and determination that the U.S. military chose an image of this iconic breed to represent our country on war posters. Today, due to irresponsible owners exploiting the very characteristics that once made pit bulls an All-American breed, they have become the most abused and misunderstood dog breed in history.
Despite their top-rated temperaments or their once respected status, pit bulls have become the breed of choice for many irresponsible people, and consequently are flooding animal shelters. An estimated 1/3 of dogs entering our shelters are pit bulls or pit bull mixes, and 90% of those dogs will not find a home.”
Part I: Pit-Fix
Beginning April 6th, for a limited time, owners of pit bulls can have their dogs spayed or neutered free of charge at the Coalition: HUMAnE Spay & Neuter Clinic in Tacoma. To schedule an appointment email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (253) 627-SPAY. Email preferred. A picture of your dog must be emailed to email@example.com or mailed to the clinic to schedule an appointment – Space is limited. The clinic is located at 2106 Tacoma Avenue S., Tacoma, WA 98402.
Part II: Pit-Ed
Do you want to combat the misconceptions about the pit bull breed? Worried about the Breed-Specific Legislation changes proposed in the Puget Sound? Tired of seeing people shy away from your beloved pit bull? Learn the “do’s and don’ts” of owning this amazing breed and help restore its family dog image. Attend a FREE Responsible Pit Bull Ownership Workshop hosted by BullsEye Dog Rescue on Sunday, April 19th from 2-4 p.m., held at Positive Approach Dog Training located at 1501 S. Center St., Tacoma, WA 98409. Space is limited so register now by contacting Lorrie at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Part III: Train-A-Pit
Positive Approach Dog Training and BullsEye Dog Rescue have teamed up to offer a four week basic obedience class for pit bulls that is FREE to those who complete the class. You will be asked to pay a $40 registration fee and every week you attend you will receive $10 back. Attend all 4 classes and the class is FREE (normally a $150 value.) Classes will be offered Saturday evenings from 2:30-3:30 p.m., 4-5 p.m. and 5:30-6:30 p.m. starting April 25th. Don’t miss this great opportunity to teach your dog new tricks! Contact Lorrie at email@example.com <mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org> to register. Space is limited and the workshop is required to receive the free training classes.
To learn more about the program and its sponsors, BullsEye Dog Rescue, Coalition: HUMAnE Spay & Neuter, Pawsitive Alliance, and Positive Approach Dog Training, please visit http://www.bullseyerescue.org/responsibull.htm