October is National Pit Bull Awareness Month!
Started by Jody Preis, founder of Bless the Bullys, National Pit Bull Awareness Day (October 26) inspired a month-long celebration of all things pit bull. This year, she writes, “For NPBAD 2013, we’re putting a BIG emphasis on all the dedicated owners and advocates out there. We know that behind every good pit bull is an OUTSTANDING pit bull advocate making the best of every opportunity to show off this incredible breed!!”
Here are 10 ways you can celebrate National Pit Bull Awarness Month! (Hint: Some of them don’t even require you to get out of your chair!)
- Are you on Instagram? Search #nationalpitbullawarenessmonth (I know… it’s a lot of typing) and click lots of hearts on the pics that come up! An easy way to spread the love for the event!
- The goal behind the event is awareness, so start spreading! If you have a pit or pit mix, post cute pics on Facebook and tag them as #pitbull.
- Tweet cute pit pics or anti-BSL messages with the hash tag #nationalpitbullawarenessmonth! Retweet others’ positive messages. Spread that awareness!
- Post the link that lists awareness events around the country to all your social media channels and encourage everyone to attend! Here, I’ll make it easy! Copy and paste this: http://www.nationalpitbullawarenessday.org/
- No event near you? If you start now, you could probably pull something together, even if it’s just a small gathering at your house. Simple way to host: Offer tea, cookies, and mingling while a darling slideshow of pit bulls plays on your computer or TV for a suggested donation of $5 to go to your favorite pit bull rescue. And if it were me, I’d put bowties on my dogs. Just saying. 😉 Or, check out this list of event planning ideas!
- Write a letter to the editor of your local paper dispelling common myths about pit bulls. Check here for some great resources on how to go about this.
- Does your city/town/province have BSL in place? Take this month’s campaign as an opportunity to write to your councilmembers, urging them to reconsider. Be polite, and take an educational approach. Here’s some useful info that you could adapt into writing.
- Conversely, if you’re lucky to live somewhere where BSL isn’t on the books or – even better – has been turned down or – even better still – has a leader who is outspoken against BSL, send them a thank you note!
- Start a National Pit Bull Awareness Month board on Pinterest! I’m going to be working on mine later today, and whooo boy is it going to be CUTE!
- Find a National Pit Bull Awareness Day event near you and attend on October 26! Take your friends and family!
Anything else you can think of to spread the pit bull love? I’m sure you guys are more creative than I, so please share any other ideas or let us know which of these steps you plan to take in the comments below!!