The Issue: Homeless Pit Bulls and Rottweilers
Each year, more than 8 million animals end up homeless, according to the Humane Society of the United States, and due to overpopulation and crowding in shelters, more than 70 percent are euthanized. Pit bulls and rottweilers tend to face this situation at a higher rate than other dogs due to negative perceptions from the media and the public's fear and misunderstanding of their nature. To curb overpopulation and euthanasia, spaying and neutering must complement responsible pet ownership.
The Campaign: Protect Pit Bulls and Rottweilers
If this Grassroots campaign raises $500, then A Rotta Love Plus (ARLP) can spay or neuter, vaccinate for DHPP and rabies, and microchip 10 pit bulls or rottweilers at a Get Your Fix! fair. Each additional $50 raised will be used to spay or neuter, vaccinate, and microchip another pit bull or rottweiler. Each dog also receives a sturdy collar or leash in exchange for an old, fraying leash or collar or heavy chain. High-quality collars and leashes reduce the number of runaways picked up by animal control, and sturdy collars rather than thick chains can help diminish the negative perception of these breeds. Get Your Fix! fairs take place in the heart of underserved neighborhoods where financial resources for proper pet care are often lacking.
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A Rotta Love Plus
As unprejudiced advocates for the equal and humane treatment of all dogs, the all-volunteer organization A Rotta Love Plus (ARLP) works to approach issues faced by Rottweilers and pit bulls. Volunteers conduct public outreach and awareness programs that repair the reputation of these breeds, including a therapy dog program with at-risk youth, spay and neuter initiatives, owner education and training, and foster-based rescue and rehoming. Along with pit-bull and Rottweiler adoption and foster-program services, ARLP hosts fairs where pet owners can take their dogs for free spay or neuter services, microchips, and vaccinations from low-cost, high quality mobile vet teams. ARLP volunteer trainers also lead eight-week obedience courses for pit bulls and Rottweilers and hold basic dog-safety programs for children.
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