Love-A-Bull is an outgrowth of the former Austin American Pit Bull Terrier Meetup Group, which was formed in 2003. A social meetup group for owners and dogs to connect and form community, evolved into a group of people who wanted to see change. Since that time, the organizers recognized that the political climate warranted the need for change. As a result, Love-A-Bull achieved 501(c)(3) status in 2008 so that the group could more fully attain its mission and goals.
Love-A-Bull was organized to educate and to advocate on behalf of the American Pit Bull Terrier, the American Staffordshire Terrier, and the Staffordshire Bull Terrier (all breeds commonly referred to as “pit bulls”) and pit bull mixes. The message we try to spread is that they are dogs, just like any other dog, they just happened to be called pit bulls.
The mission of Love-A-Bull is to promote responsible guardianship and improve the image and lives of pit bull type dogs through community support, education, advocacy, and rescue.
Love-A-Bull supports the community through spay/neuter, housing resources, financial assistance, and free training. We provide active advocacy against breed discriminatory legislation, operate one of the country’s first all-pittie therapy dog programs, maintain a foster-based rescue program, and promote a more positive and accurate public image of all pit bull-type dogs through various outreach efforts.
Love-A-Bull regularly hosts fun activities, but its main goal is to promote advocacy and education.
Specifically, Love-A-Bull is committed to:
- Educating the public about responsible guardianship of pit bull type dogs;
- Promoting and reviving the positive image of the All-American dog that once was the pit bull;
- Dispelling the many urban myths that have developed regarding pit bull type dogs;
- Fighting against Breed-Discriminatory Legislation (BDL) targeting pit bull type dogs;
- Promoting and supporting the spaying and neutering of pit bull type dogs;
- Providing training and support to the families of pit bull type dogs;
- Working to eliminate dog fighting;
- Supporting the rescue and re-homing of pit bull type dogs.
Our group is composed of members that live in Austin and the surrounding areas, as well as national members who wish to support our mission. We welcome the support of proud Pit Bull Parents and others interested in supporting the above ideals and those who will work to further our goals.
Love-A-Bull frequently attends local conferences, such as American Pets Alive! & Texas Unites for Animals, as guest speakers to educate and advocate on behalf of pit bull type dogs. Our speaking engagements allow us the incredible opportunity to network with the community, offer education and promote our resources and also to encourage partnerships with local municipalities. As an organization we understand the need for reaching out and addressing the stigma surrounding these dogs and we invite open dialogue in order to bring insight to an incredibly misaligned “breed”.
American Pets Alive! Conference
Love-A-Bull has been a guest speaker for the last 5 years at American Pets Alive!’s Annual Conference. Below is our presentation from 2015 & 2016.
Take a look into the ways that advocacy on individual and community levels can have a positive impact on treating all dogs equally, eliminating breed-related stigmas, abolishing outdated policies and improving the chances for targeted breeds to find homes and their families access to resources. This program will examine achievements and challenges related to rehoming/rescue, shelter and community relationships, owner support, breed-discriminatory legislation and models for progress all over the country. Presented by Leala Ward-Vinson, Megan Ransom and Lindsey Ortiz of the Love-A-Bull dog foster team, this presentation was part of the American Pets Alive! 2015 No-Kill Conference.
This is a panel discussion with Tawny Hammond,Chief Animal Services Officer for the City of Austin; Scott Giacoppo, Chief Community Animal Welfare Officer for the Washington Humane Society; and Lindsey Ortiz, Board President, Love-A-Bull. The panel covers how breed restrictions impact “pitbull” terriers and what can be done to remove or bypass the restrictions. This presentation was recorded at the 2016 American Pets Alive! Conference.