The National Pit Bull Awareness campaign is a nationwide effort to bring positive awareness and attention to the American Pit Bull Terrier and their responsible owners.
To anyone who shares their life with a “pit bull,” the need for a national day of awareness for these misunderstood dogs is clear. Constant negative media attention and sensationalized hype that surrounds pit bulls has the breed in the spotlight for all the wrong reasons. The media and public have stereotyped and judged an entire group of dogs, as well as their owners, based on the actions of a few.
National Pit Bull Awareness Day was established as a day to educate and foster positive communications and experiences in the communities in which we and our dogs live. It is a day to focus on these incredible dogs and their devoted, responsible owners. A day to change perceptions and stereotypes. The American Pit Bull Terrier is one of the most popular family dogs in the United States, and National Pit Bull Awareness Day is an excellent way to demonstrate just why these dogs are such beloved members of so many families across the country.
History of National Pit Bull Awareness Day
In 2007, Bless the Bullys introduced the idea of a national “pit bull awareness day,” and it took off like wildfire. Devoted pit bull advocates jumped on the opportunity to participate in the first of its kind nationwide initiative to bring about positive pit bull media attention together on one day.
I am so fortunate to know an overwhelming number of pit bull advocates who work hard every single day to change the undeserved image of our dogs. National Pit Bull Awareness Day is the one time we can collectively make our voices heard all across the country. Bless the Bullys invites everyone – from breed clubs, rescue groups and individuals – to join us in celebrating this wonderful breed and their devoted, responsible owners/advocates.
The Importance of National Pit Bull Awareness Day
As breed advocates, we have an obligation to show the public what the media will not — the truth. As responsible pit bull owners, we can no longer be willing to be judged, discriminated against, and criminalized by the image set by the visible minority of irresponsible, negligent, and careless owners. The media berates our dogs daily. Legislators have labeled pit bull owners as the “criminal element” who only own pit bulls to enhance their macho image. The time has come to set the record straight, and the National Pit Bull Awareness Day campaign is just the place to start.
In order to change the negative stereotypes that surround the American Pit Bull Terrier, we must take the initiative to educate people in our communities on the real pit bull. The search and rescue pit bull…the therapy dog pit bull…the K9 police pit bull…and, of course, the family companion pit bull. Its an opportunity to open dialogue and to show people first hand that there is no such thing as a “dangerous breed” of dog but, rather, that problem dogs are the result of problem dog owners.
In addition, participating in National Pit Bull Awareness Day gives you the opportunity to network with other responsible dog owners in your community. You can discuss issues of importance where you live, and work together to make changes to create a better environment for citizens and animals living there.