History of National Pitbull Awareness Day
National Pitbull Awareness Day timeline
Pit bulls are brought from England to be barn dogs for chasing rats as well as family protectors.
Pit bulls become the national mascot of America during WWII, becoming “America’s dog."
Dogfighting sees a resurgence, harming the reputation of pit bulls.
National Pit Bull Awareness Day is held to undo the reputational damage done to pit bulls in the previous 20 years.
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National Pitbull Awareness Day Activities
Find a pit bull to play with
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 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. Find out if anyone else around you is also celebrating, and meet up to help get the positive word out about these loving animals.
Why We Love National Pitbull Awareness Day
It tells the truth
By expanding education and advocacy, the event hopes to save the lives of countless pit bulls by negating the fear and bias spread by the media. It also hopes 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.
It opens the door for conversation
For pit bull advocates, this is a day to start a conversation about their beloved animal, sharing facts and figures most people don’t know. For example, some tests conducted by the The American Temperament Test Society have shown that pit bulls actually have a temperament pass rate of 82.3 percent, making it among the top five most stable breeds of the country.
Now 10 years running, the campaigns and events held on National Pit Bull Awareness Day have had great success. In the media, it’s much more common to see advocacy, rather than admonishment, for pit bulls, especially as the millennial generation finds its footing and continues to adopt rescue pets, rather than buying from breeders.
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