“Pit Bull” dog owners can be shunned by their neighbors when walking down the street, or can be told they cannot rent by landlords for instance. Why? Because their dogs can be falsely perceived as “dangerous”. Nonetheless, hundreds of dogs are being saved because organizations continue to educate communities on misconceptions. On August 9 from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. and on August 10 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., the Animal Farm Foundation’s (AFF) Manager Caitlin Quinn and Director of Behavior and Training Bernice Clifford will host a “pit bull” dog workshop at the Shorewood Village Center (3920 N. Murray Avenue). This event is sponsored by the Milwaukee Animal Alliance (MAA) and Alliance of Wisconsin Animal Rehoming Efforts (AWARE), two local groups working to improve the lives of companion animals in Wisconsin.
Since January 2012, Breed Specific Legislation, was rejected in more than 32 locations, repealed in more than 24 places and outlawed in 16 states according to the AFF, a private foundation dedicated to securing equal treatment and opportunities for “pit bull” dogs. The AFF’s goal here in Milwaukee is to “empower animal welfare groups to recognize and overcome barriers that allow them to make better adoption matches; reduce length-of-stay; and change the way decision makers, potential adopters and community members think about ‘pit bull’ dogs,” said Quinn. This two-day event features ways to improve adoptions, dog behaviors and negative perceptions in the community.
“How a dog looks or its breed will tell you nothing about its personality or behavior,” said MAA member Kelly Herbold. “There is nothing unique or different about ‘pit bull’ dogs in comparision to any other breed. Each and every dog is an individual whose behavior is a result of many factors, such as training, socialization, owner management, breeding, environment and genetics.”
Holly Lewis, certified dog trainer and AWARE member added, “It is for the community to learn more about all dogs. If our community has more information, better choices can be made and lives can be saved.” The Milwaukee Area Domestic Animal Control Commission takes in roughly 13,000 animals annually and has a euthanasia rate of 43 percent. Many “pit bull” dog advocates believe that educating the public on misconceptions is fundamental in reducing these numbers. ***Space is limited. If you’d like to attend either day, please RSVP your choice to email@example.com
FOOD DRIVE FOR MADACC
Let’s fill the van for the animals and bring donations to the workshop of canned foods and unopened bags for the cats and dogs. MADACC prefers Purina products.