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Disproving the Pit Bull Stigma – A multimedia project by UT students

Heart and Chealsea

Chealsea getting to know Adopt-A-Bull, Heart

Love-A-Bull is frequently asked to be interviewed about the plight of pit bulls and the stigma that surrounds them. We are always eager to join in this conversation, especially when it gets our local community involved in helping to change hearts and open up minds to the myths and hardships surrounding pit bull type dogs and their owners.

We were honored when UT students, Chealsea and Brenna made an appearance at one of our adoption events at Bark N’Purr to discuss pit bull type dogs, the stigma surrounding them and how to combat the ever present stereotype that these dogs are anything more than just dogs looking for a family to call their own.

Chealsea and Brenna put together an amazing project for their multimedia, journalism portfolio class that highlights a couple of our Adopt-A-Bulls, volunteers and speaks to exactly why Love-A-Bull exist…to educate and advocate for pit bull type dogs. Check out their finished project HERE.

“We’re all very proud of this assignment. My teacher actually said that I changed his mind on pit bulls, and I think several kids in class were swayed as well. Every little step counts, so that was really exciting for me to feel like I had made a little bit of a difference.” `~ Chelsea


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.

Think identifying a Pit Bull is easy? See if you can find the right answers below



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/