There’s a beautiful thing happening here in Austin!  Love-A-Bull, a local organization committed to promoting responsible guardianship and improving the lives of pit bull type dogs through education, advocacy and rescue, is on a mission to change peoples’ minds about pit bulls and teach others to advocate for any dog who needs it.

Rewind to 2003 when the Austin American Pit Bull Terrier Meetup Group began.  A social meetup group for owners and dogs to connect and form community evolved into a group of people who wanted to see change.  The 503(c) status was achieved and Love-A-Bull was formed with the intention of educating and advocating on behalf of the American Pit Bull Terrier, the American Staffordshire Terrier, and the Staffordshire Bull Terrier (all breeds commonly referred to as “pit bulls”) and pit bull mixes.

Love-A-Bull supports the community through spay/neuter, housing resources, financial assistance, and free training.  They provide active advocacy against dog-discriminatory legislation, operate one of the country’s first all-pittie therapy dog programs, maintain a foster-based rescue program, and promote a more positive and accurate public image of all pit bull-type dogs through various outreach efforts.

Austin Pets Alive is thrilled to have Love-A-Bull presenters Meghan Wells, Jessica Rains, Leala Ward and Kelsey Monk at this year’s No-Kill Conference Presentation.  Join them for a look into the ways that advocacy on individual and community levels can have a positive impact on treating all dogs equally.  They will explore eliminating breed-related stigmas and abolishing outdated policies with a goal of improving the chances for targeted breeds to find homes while providing their new families access to resources. This session will examine achievements and challenges related to rehoming/rescue, shelter and community relationships, owner support, breed-discriminatory legislation, and models for progress all over the country.

Not registered yet to learn from local and national leaders in no-kill at the 2014 American Pets Alive No-Kill Conference? It’s not too late! www.americanpetsalive2014.eventbrite.com, be there or be square!

Written by Stephanie Carroll

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