FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
NYC's First Annual "Pet Bull Palooza" Celebrates Pit Bulls and Their People
Best Friends Animal Society, ASPCA, Mayor's Alliance Team Up for Pits
New York, NY – Tuesday, October 19, 2010 – Best Friends Animal Society today announced that it has teamed up with the ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) and the Mayor's Alliance for NYC's Animals® to host the first-ever "Pet Bull Palooza" festival to celebrate pit bulls, as well as other large-breed, short-haired, muscular mutts and the people who love them. The event will take place on Saturday, October 23, from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in Crotona Park, located at Crotona Avenue and Claremont Parkway in the Bronx.
"Pet Bull Palooza" seeks to promote the positive aspects of pit bull guardianship and to dispel some of the stereotypes about the breed. The event encourages "pit parents" to keep their dogs healthy, safe, and out of city shelters through spay/neuter, socialization, and training.
"The South Bronx has a large concentration of pit bull terrier-type breeds," says Jamie Lyn Rubin, Best Friends Animal Society's program manager for New York City. "While our main goal is to offer free resources and educate pit bull guardians about how they can work with their dogs to become role models for responsible ownership, it's also about enjoying the festivities and celebrating all the reasons we love our pet "bulls.'"
FREE services for pit bull and pit bull mixes will be available, including:
• Spay/neuter surgeries
• Collars, leashes, toys, and treats
• Training tips
All participants can enter a free raffle to win a baseball autographed by New York Yankees pitcher and five-time World Series champion Mariano Rivera. More information about the event is available at www.petbullny.com.
"The ASPCA is very cognizant of the difficulties facing pit bulls in the community, so we're glad to be able to provide our services to these wonderful dogs for free," said Kim Harris, special events manager of ASPCA Mobile Spay/Neuter Clinics. "Spay/neuter is so important, which is why our Mobile Clinics always offer free spays and neuters to all pit bulls and pit bull mixes who visit one of our locations. We can be found seven days a week in New York's five boroughs."
While pit bulls and pit bull mixes have increased in popularity, so has their presence in local animal shelters. These dogs and their puppies often account for as many as 30 to 50 percent of homeless canines in many communities across the country. Sadly, pit bulls often suffer from misconceptions about their breed, which makes it challenging difficult to place them in loving homes
"As with any dog, pit bull terrier-type dogs who are spayed or neutered, trained, socialized, and treated with love and kindness can be friendly, loyal, and affectionate members of the family," added Rubin. "It's the person on the other end of the leash who determines how a dog interacts with others."
Jane Hoffman, president of the Mayor's Alliance for NYC's Animals, emphasizes the importance of spaying or neutering every companion animal. "It's the responsible thing to do, not only for the health and behavioral benefits for the animal, but also because it reduces the number of unwanted animals entering the shelters," she said.
Best Friends Animal Society works to help pit bulls through its national campaign, Pit Bulls: Saving America's Dog, which helps dogs who are battling everything from a sensationalized reputation to legislation designed to bring about their extinction. The campaign's goal is to end discrimination against all dogs — because they are individuals and should be treated as such.