Arizona Republic: Look Past the Stereotypes When You’re Adopting a Pet
- October celebrates one of AHS' favorite times of the year, National Pit Bull Awareness Month!
- AHS and its Fix.Adopt.Save. partners are hosting the 5th Annual Pittie-Palooza on Saturday, October 13, 2018! The event will celebrate our beloved Pitties while offering free spay/neuter vouchers, free vaccinations, low-cost microchips and pet ID tags, $20 Pit Bull adoptions and more. Click here to learn more!
I am proud to be the project manager for Fix.Adopt.Save., an alliance of six animal-welfare agencies in Maricopa County that was created with one goal in mind — to end pet homelessness.
From the onset in 2012, we identified the need to address pit bull overpopulation in Valley shelters through increased adoptions, educating the public on the importance of spaying and neutering your pets, and improving responsible pet ownership.
While we have made great strides in lowering intake, the work continues.
Through community outreach and events like our annual Pittie-Palooza, which will be held 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, at Phoenix Metrocenter Mall, we aim to change perceptions one person at a time.
The event was created to dispel myths and celebrate the breed while also educating the public about what they can do to assist in the overall goal to reduce pet homelessness.
With funding from Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust and PetSmart Charities, Fix.Adopt.Save. is able to offer free spay/neuter vouchers, free vaccinations, $20 pit bull adoptions and $10 microchips at the event. You can find out more at www.fixadoptsave.org/PittiePalooza.
My challenge to those on the fence about adopting a pit bull is this: Don’t believe the stereotypes and take the time to research and understand the breed for the love-a-bull dogs they are!
Visit one of our alliance member locations to learn more, meet a pittie in person and decide for yourself if they are a fit for your household.