Pit’s End: Fighting Breed Discrimination in Housing

On a daily basis we field inquiries from the community asking for help finding pit bull friendly housing. While Austin continues to be an incredibly pet friendly city, there is still concern with policies and restrictions against pit bull type dogs enforced by landlords and apartment complexes. Many of these policies/restrictions are based on unfounded data and misrepresentation of the truth.

A huge thank you goes out to Nina Hernandez with the Austin Chronicle for such a well written piece highlighting the breed discriminatory housing issue in the Austin area. Nina spoke to many animal welfare leaders for insight into this issue including one of Love-A-Bull’s board members. To view the article, click here.

For a list of pit bull friendly housing, check out our housing resources here.

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Linder Elementary and The Pit Crew

Love-A-Bull recently had the amazing opportunity to work with the Media Awareness Project and the youth at Linder Elementary School. The mission of the Media Awareness Project is to empower youth to use media for community engagement, cultural expression & social change.


At Linder, there is a really big focus on Get Ready, a program that works with students to prepare them for what’s coming next. Middle school is much harder. There is more work. There are more expectations. Students can easily get distracted or fall into trouble. Media Leadership is teaming up with the Get Ready program on the Linder campus to enrich it with digital media skill and production and to teach our students what they are capable of! Eric Graham will be heading up the teaching of the Media Leadership program at Linder.

Love-A-Bull was honored to be part of their most recent project which involved none other than our awesome Pit Crew Therapy Dogs. Along with guidance from Nina Medeiros, Eric Graham and his class began production on a video about how to be a responsible dog owner, dog safety and discussed how great pit bull type dogs really are! It has been so exciting to watch these students hone their interview and production skills on a topic that they care about. From cameras, to lighting, to sound equipment these kids have it covered and did a fabulous job interviewing our Pit Crew Teams.
We’ll be posting more videos and pictures created by the students soon, but in the meantime check out this teaser that the Media Awareness Project put together: https://vimeo.com/159877238

To learn more about the Media Awareness Project: The Home of Youth Voice, please check them out on their many social media avenues:


Fun with Pitties

Love-A-Bull is incredibly excited to partner with Sit Means Sit Austin in order to bring to our dues paying members, the opportunity to participate in specialty classes at a discounted rate. These classes are introductory courses designed to give you a small sneak peak in to all the fun you can have with your pup.

  • Tricks Class: The primary purpose of this class is to give you a strong foundation for teaching tricks from basic to advance so that you can continue to move forward when you are at home.
  • Introduction to Agility: The primary purpose of this class is to give you basic knowledge on what agility is, what equipment is used and how to introduce your dog to the equipment. The second half of each class will be spent working with you and your dog and moving through the motions of the equipment used.
  • Introduction to Nosework: This class is a great way to challenge, have fun with your dog, while taking advantage of its natural tendency to want to find things with his nose. The second part of each class will be spent walking you and your dog through basic steps of beginning stages of Nosework.
  • Introduction to Drive Building: This class is for anyone interested in building a stronger relationship with their dog through play. Initial drive building is built upon the dogs inherent tendencies to chase. The second half of each class will discuss each dog’s current drive and how to build upon it.

***You must be a dues paying member of Love-A-Bull in order to receive your discount. ***

For details on how to register and to see a video of all the fun to be had, please visit the following link: http://love-a-bull.org/programs/specialty-classes/



Paws Up Program

IMG_1703-e1448858431122Love-A-Bull foster dogs partner with Life Work’s foster youth with amazing results!

Just a few short months ago, Jenna Pywell and Alyssa Ibarra reached out to Love-A-Bull because they were familiar with our Pit Crew Therapy Program and had seen first-hand the positive changes that take affect when people are paired with dogs who need them, just as much as they need the dogs.

These ladies had been working for the better part of 8 years to add vocational opportunities for their foster youth to work with animals while gaining the skills needed for a future in the animal care industry. The skillsets gained through these opportunities could lead to future jobs such as: veterinary technician, dog training, and grooming.

In October of this year, Love-A-Bull provided its foster dogs and trainers to Life Works ‘At Promise’ youth and the very first Paws Up Program began! The intention of the program is to walk the youth through Basic Obedience classes, which (along with instructional training) would include topics about humane treatment of animals, dog safety and grooming. Life Works strongly believe that the bond between ‘At Promise’ youth and Love-A-Bull’s foster dogs can increase their youth’s self-confidence while creating therapeutic bonds with the dogs. This opportunity not only benefits the youth, but greatly increases the adoptability of Love-A-Bull’s foster dogs.

IMG_1710-e1448858603825Though this program is still in its infancy both Love-A-Bull and Life Works have already seen huge changes in the youth and the foster dogs! The foster youth walk in and leave with huge smiles on their faces because they know that they’ve accomplished something special with their foster dogs and the foster dogs are in heaven loving all the extra one-on-one attention they get.

The partnership between both organizations has created a perfect atmosphere for education and advocacy on behalf of pit bull type dogs. We are not only able to teach valuable skills, but we are able to have open conversations about all of the myths surrounding this breed and what it means to be a responsible guardian of a dog. These youth will have the amazing opportunity to change perceptions about this breed within their own community just by sharing their experiences.

Check back in with us after the holiday season for more updates, pictures and progress on the Paws Up Program!