Most animal lovers in Brevard know that local shelters are overflowing with adoptable dogs and cats, but many do not realize how many of those animals are pit bull-type dogs. I use the term “pit bull-type dogs” because breed identification based solely on appearance is highly unreliable.
Unfortunately, dogs labeled as pit bulls have a much greater probability of winding up in shelters and being euthanized than other dogs. These so-called “bully breeds” are greatly misunderstood and vilified when, in fact, they can be wonderful companions.
To help combat misperceptions about pit bulls and find homes for displaced local dogs, Stone Fire Art Studios and Gallery in Titusville is hosting a joint pit bull adoption and fundraising event for the North Animal Care Center (NACC) and the SPCA of North Brevard. This two-day event, Partners for Paws: For Pit’s Sake, will include a jazz night and silent auction from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Sat., Oct. 20. While listening to the smooth stylings of musicians Antoine Knight and Jacqueline Jones, attendees can bid on animal-themed chair art created by local artists.
On Sun., Oct. 21, from noon to 4 p.m., volunteers from both NACC and the SPCA will have adoptable pit bulls for visitors to meet (and fall in love with) while the chair art silent auction continues. Also on Sunday, the gallery showing of Maxine Trainer’s pit bull pop art and other local artists’ renditions of their favorite pit bulls will be open for the public to peruse and purchase.
All proceeds from Partners for Paws: For Pit’s Sake will jointly benefit the North Animal Care Center and the SPCA of North Brevard as these organizations continue to find loving homes for the pit bulls (and all other animals) in their care. For more information, you can contact Teri Scott, PR Director for the SPCA at 321-267-8221 extension 246. If you would like to contribute artwork for this event, contact Maxine Trainer at 321-652-6363.
In his upcoming book, I’m a Good Dog: Pit Bulls, America’s Most Beautiful (and Misunderstood) Pet, Ken Foster gives the best definition of a “pit bull” that I have seen so far.
“[W]hat is a pit bull? A pit bull is exuberant, affectionate, loyal, block-headed, athletic, ridiculous, occasionally stubborn, challenging, rewarding, and loved. A pit bull is American, and like most Americans these dogs are a jumble of DNA and contradictions, which is, naturally, what pit bull lovers love most about their dogs.”
If you agree, or just think all dogs deserve a fair shot at a happy life with a loving family, check out Partners for Paws: For Pit’s Sake…for pit’s sake!
|This article contributed by Susan Naylor, media specialist for the SPCA of North Brevard in Titusville. A Brevard County native, Susan graduated from Titusville High School and Brevard Community College, and she is currently pursuing a degree in digital media at UCF. An avid animal lover with too many full-time and foster pets to count, she has a soft spot for older and difficult-to-train dogs. When Susan isn’t promoting the shelter’s Facebook page or designing ads for adoption promotions, she enjoys spending time with her own dogs at the park or at the beach.|