Animal Protection Association fights misconceptions during Pit Bull Awareness Month
October is National Pit Bull Awareness Month
October 1stst, 2021
Voorhees, NJ – Animal Welfare Association (AWA) strives to provide humane education to our local communities and to raise awareness of the animals in our shelter. Throughout Pit Bull Awareness Month, AWA will work to change common misconceptions about the breed.
âA lot of people are more afraid of pit bull breeds than any other type of dog,â says Maya Richmond, executive director of the Animal Welfare Association. âWe thought Pit Bull Awareness Month would be a great time to break down some misconceptions and help people explore where humans have let these amazing dogs down and change their gut reaction to the word pit bull. “
Pit bulls are often subjected to negative stereotypes. The most common stereotypes are that pit bulls have the strongest bite, locked jaw, are fighting dogs, and dislike other animals or children. Contrary to these beliefs, pit bulls consistently achieve excellent temperament scores, and a number of breeds have stronger bites.
After dog fighting was banned in 1976, criminals realized the profit potential of breeding pit bulls for underground fighting circles. This created a strong demand which led to backyard breeding and changed society’s perception of pit bulls. Stories published by Time magazine and Illustrated sports in the 1980s, the breed’s reputation was further damaged and public fear was instilled.
As a result, pit bulls have become the most at risk breed for shelter impounding and euthanasia in the United States. Arm the animals reports that pit bulls make up 40% of the 1.2 million dogs euthanized each year. It is only in the last decade that the public perception of pit bulls has started to change.
Formerly known as nanny dogs, pit bulls are especially affectionate with children, love to cuddle, and are eager to please. Pit Bulls are people-oriented and the happiest are surrounded by humans. In addition to their dedication, pit bulls tend to be relatively healthy and don’t require a lot of grooming.
Animal Welfare Association will continue to challenge stereotypes surrounding pit bulls throughout October. For more information, visit www.awanj.org.
Animal welfare association, a private, non-profit 501 (c) 3 animal welfare organization, serves the people and animals of southern New Jersey. AWA is dedicated to eliminating animal suffering, promoting the importance of the human-animal bond, and enhancing the role of animals in human well-being. Through a variety of programs including adoptions, veterinary services, pet therapy and human education. AWA is South Jersey’s leader in progressive pet care.
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