Baldwin Park ACC hosting a ‘pittie party’ – fun CA adoption event for August 6

Ryder, 6MO male, quick learner! A4969095

Interested in adding to your furry family, or do you want someplace to meet and greet fellow dog-lovers?  Do you live in or near the Baldwin Park, California, area? There’s a great event happening this Saturday that you won’t want to miss.  Keep reading for the who, where, when and why!

 

Tasha, gentle with heartbreaking eyes! A4960043
Tasha, gentle with heartbreaking eyes! A4960043

Walk through almost any animal shelter and the vast majority of dogs you’ll find there will be mixed breeds.  And the majority of these will be ones the shelter has identified as being pit bull mixes.  Usually there’s no DNA test given; these dogs are just labeled as such, based on general visual characteristics.  You know the saying, ‘don’t judge a book by it’s cover’? These dogs are all judged within seconds of them arriving through the shelter doors.

 

And that judgment, because of ill-informed, preconceived notions

Champ, great attitude and loves to hike! A4961951
Champ, great attitude and loves to hike! A4961951

regarding bully breeds, can be a death sentence for these dogs.  It limits the number of people who can adopt them, even if they want to give them a home, because of breed restrictions where they live.  Imagine being labeled ‘dangerous’ merely because of the shape of your head.

 

According to the ASPCA,  this ‘quick fix’ of Breed-Specific-Legislation (BSL),  legislating what breeds of dogs should be banned from any community is highly discriminatory and not based on any factual studies. Even the Center for Disease Control (CDC) strongly opposes BSL . Many states, including NY, TX and IL, who have outlawed the practice of BSL, focus instead on identifying, tracking and regulating specific dogs, a much more accurate procedure.

Rose, petite, frisky and fun, wants to be your furever girl! A4960075
Rose, petite, frisky and fun, wants to be your furever girl! A4960075

To help increase the adoptability of these wonderful dogs, shelters hold special adoption events, highlighting the training they have received, their kid-cat-dog-friendly qualities. Bringing them out of what can be a frightening shelter atmosphere, into a fun adoption-friendly

Oscar, well-mannered and guaranteed to charm you! A4961708
Oscar, well-mannered and guaranteed to charm you! A4961708

environment.  A place where potential adopters can see what a dog is really like, when removed from the confines of the one room where it sleeps, eats and defecates every day.

 

Recognizing the unfair perception predicament these pets face, a Baldwin Park, CA group, Pitbulls of the Baldwin Park Shelter, have set aside this weekend for a special adoption event, ‘Summer of Love-a-Bulls‘.  It will be held from 10AM to 4PM at the Baldwin Park Animal Care Center, 4275 Elton Street, in Baldwin Park.  

Bruno, he'd love to laze with you and gaze adoringly into your eyes! A4964039
Bruno, he’d love to laze with you and gaze adoringly into your eyes! A4964039

 

The organizers want to remind adopters that for the best outcome, you need to have all members of the family present to meet prospective dogs prior to adoption so we can make sure the kids and the dogs are comfortable with each other.’

 

Rocko, engaging guy, loves to run in the great outdoors with his humans. A4964540
Rocko, engaging guy, loves to run in the great outdoors with his humans. A4964540

They’ll have adoption specialists and pit bull experts from LARPBO, Los Angeles Responsible Pit Bull Owners, on site. According to Sammi, LARPBO’s coordinator for this event,  their group will be able to answer questions that potential adopters have and, more importantly, let adopters know LARPBO will provide post-adoption support by way of their online community and services: low-cost training at a nominal $15 per class and free pack walks.

Cooper, he's a real people-pleaser! A4959719
Cooper, he’s a real people-pleaser! A4959719

You can check out their fabulous, interactive web site www.larpbo.org, or click on this link to take you there. Their home page contains a video, also available on Youtube, that introduces this group and their philosophy about dogs and dog training.

 

Mitchell, knows his human will 'complete' him, so easy to train! A4956995
Mitchell, knows his human will ‘complete’ him, so easy to train! A4956995

If you’re worried about the safety of these adoptable animals, afraid they might get into the wrong hands, be assured that, according to Pit Bulls of the Baldwin Park Shelter,

 

all adopters are required to complete a written application and an interview prior to adoption. Their addresses are also checked for previous complaints and pet issues. Our staff and volunteers are very careful screening adopters.’

 

Bully breeds are as varied as their owners; they come in all colors, shapes and sizes.  Some are shy, some are outgoing.  All deserve kindness, compassion and love.  You would be wrong to prejudge a dog

Jenny, a lil' low-rider, give lots of love! A4938955
Jenny, a lil’ low-rider, gives lots of love! A4938955

owner simply by how they look; please give the same love to these dogs. Nine times out of ten, their human will tell you the same thing:

once you go bully breed, you don’t go back!

Throughout this story you’ve seen photos of some of the available pitties at Baldwin Park ACC, such as Ryder, who is featured above, with clickable

Ken, gorgeous, loyal, oh-so-smart! A4930278
Ken, gorgeous, loyal, oh-so-smart! A4930278

links on each photo.  The dogs available at the Summer of Love -a-Bulls have all passed their temperament tests and are ready to go home.  They’ve been spayed/neutered, vaccinated, and chipped.  Please share the photos, and this story, and make a difference in these dogs lives.  Think Pawsitive!

Lisa Blanck

Writing articles about animals for more than 22 years, she dove into the rescue world with the onset of Hurricane Katrina. As an outspoken advocate for animals, she's covered everything from paws to hooves, fins to feathers. She was the Orlando Animal Rescue and Worldwide Animal Issues Examiner for seven years. She's always thinking pawsitive, looking for ways to improve the lives of animals. She lives with one dog, one cat and one patient human. She welcomes your suggestions and is thrilled to be part of the ShelterMe.tv family!

4 comments

  1. Cynthia says:

    I’ve never met a Pittbull who wasn’t a sweet, gentle being. It sounds like a great event. I especially love that the potential owners must go through a background check prior to adoption. It’s heart wrenching to imagine one of these precious baby going home with someone who has ill intentions. It’s so inspiring knowing there are people who care so much for animals. I hope the event is a huge success!

    1. Lisa Blanck says:

      It’s a great showcase for them all! I’ll report back with any updates!

  2. Lisa L Arnold says:

    Thank you so much for this wonderful and informative article! My husband and I are Baldwin Park Shelter Volunteers and the Pit Bulls/Pit Mixes steal our hearts each week! We are hoping many of these Precious Pits get Forever Homes on Saturday! Positive articles like this truly help save more lives at our shelters! Thanks again.
    ❣? Lisa Arnold

    1. Lisa Blanck says:

      Thanks Lisa! as Volunteers, you do so much of the heavy lifting. I admire you all.

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