Join Love-A-Bull for its 8th Annual National Pit Bull Awareness Day Festival at Rosewood Park in Austin, TX! We are excited for this year’s NEW venue, as its location is right in the heart of East Austin. Rosewood Park has ample space for vendors, activities, demonstrations, as well as lots of shaded areas to catch a break from the heat!
Dog Walk: This year’s festival will start off with a dog walk around the park ( approx. 3/4 mile) to get all the dog wiggles out and will end where all the festivities begin! There will be multiple vendors, including dog and people apparel, kid’s activities, dog treats, food trucks (come hungry!), Love-A-Bull merchandise and much, much more!
Entertainment: There will be demonstrations from Sit Means Sit Austin (Trick Training), Zoom Room Austin (Agility Course) and Officer Mullenax and K9 Peaches! Peaches was pulled into the Love-A-Bull program after being found as an injured stray and she has now become part of the 1st K9 team for Troy, TX. Love-A-Bull’s own training team will be hosting small groups of basic obedience for you and your dog to participate in.
Chloe’s Clinic: Thanks to an incredibly generous donor, we are thrilled to be hosting “Chloe’s Clinic”! Chloe’s Clinic will offer vouchers for FREE spay/neuter (redeemable at Emancipet), vaccinations, and microchipping which will be done on-site. If you know of someone that has a pup that could benefit, send them our way and look for the big Chloe’s Clinic sign.
For Children: The Pit Crew Therapy Dog teams will be hanging out, waiting to be read one of the kids favorite books. There will also be coloring books for the kids to use and take home that tell the story of one special Pit Crew pup, Mocha. Outside of “Kiddie Corner”, Rosewood Park host a large playscape for children to burn some energy on.
Want to have a bigger impact on the community for this event?? Consider becoming a sponsor, vendor or donating to our silent auction!
- Vendors: We welcome all businesses that support Love-A-Bull’s mission! Please click HERE for more details on reserving a booth for your organization.***All vendor spots are filled. Registration for vendors is closed***
- Sponsors: For those individuals/organizations that would like to participate as sponsors of PBAD, please click HERE for details on the different levels and to register your organization.
- Silent Auction: If you would like to donate an item(s) to our silent auction, please print out and complete the Silent Auction Donation Form and send it back with your donation. **If you are registering as a sponsor or vendor, there will be an opportunity to upload the Silent Auction form during your vendor/sponsor registration.
Across the Country and Locally in Austin
History: In early 2007, Bless the Bullys introduced the idea of an annual National Pit Bull Awareness Day, encouraging pit bull advocates everywhere to host celebratory events in an effort to garner positive media attention, promote responsible ownership and combat existing stereotypes. The National Pit Bull Awareness Campaign is a nationwide effort to bring positive awareness and attention to the American Pit Bull Terrier and their responsible owners.
Goal: National Pit Bull Awareness Day was established as a day to educate and foster positive communications and experiences in the communities in which we and our dogs live. It is a special day to focus on these incredible dogs and their devoted, responsible owners; a day to change perceptions and stereotypes.
In 2009: Love-A-Bull celebrated National Pit Bull Awareness Day with events featuring John Garcia of Best Friends Animal Society, the primary rehabilitator/trainer of the dogs seized from Michael Vick. He conducted two standing room only in-services for local rescue and shelter staff, as well as led our Pit Bull Parade and hosted our screening of National Geographic’s “DogTown” episode in Zilker Park. That year’s Fun Fest drew over 500 attendees, vendors, rescue groups and attracted various forms of media coverage.
In 2010: Love-A-Bull hosted animal welfare crusaders, Rescue Ink, and Shorty “Pit Boss” Rossi (from Animal Planet’s “Pit Boss” television show). Rescue Ink and Shorty were the “Grand Marshals” of the Pit Bull Parade up Congress Avenue, which drew upwards of 1,000 four-legged participants (pit bulls the vast majority of them) and 3,000 two-legged participants. Over 60 vendors and rescue groups set up booths at the Fun Fest, which also featured training demos, question and answers with our special guests, games, giveaways, contests and a silent auction. The event generated news coverage on all local, several regional and a handful of out-of-state news outlets (including cnn.com). Love-A-Bull was also featured prominently in the episode of “Pit Boss” filmed at our event, which aired nationally.
In 2011: Love-A-Bull welcomed a wonderful menagerie of special guests from all over: BAD RAP Co-founders Tim Racer & Donna Reynolds, musician John Shipe, actress Holly Marie Combs, YouTube sensation Sharky, and Karma the Flying Pit Bull with brothers Bruzair and Justice. The Pit Crew, Sharky & mom Helen, plus Love-A-Bull’s co-founders in a pedicab led the huge gathering of families and their pit bulls – some in excellent costumes – that paraded up Congress Avenue arriving at Republic Square to over 65 businesses, rescue groups, and food vendors set up in the park. And Deb O’Keefe, local host of the 101X radio morning show and guardian of a pit bull named Blue, was our emcee for the event.
In 2012: Love-A-Bull’s Texas-Sized Pittie Pride events featured Tia Torres of Villalobos Rescue Center well-known from Animal Planet’s “Pit Bulls and Parolees” TV show, and VRC’s Jake Gardner now running his own rescue. Gordon ‘Shotgun’ Shell also attended to help celebrate and spread awareness to end dog fighting. LeRoy Golden’s canine pack: Bruzair, Justice, and Karma wowed us with another stellar Frisbee dog demo. The parade and festival attracted a record-breaking crowd – over 300 pittie families were documented in the World Record quest. An expanded Wellness Clinic included even more resources, information, and services such as discounted heartworm check vouchers, free microchips, free spay/neuter appointments and plenty of leashes, collars, and other supplies. The event also included Love-A-Bull’s ever-popular Pittie Kissing Booth, costume contests, Q & A with special guests and experts, and over 70 vendor booths.
In 2013: Love-A-Bull’s Texas-Sized Pittie Pride 2013 events celebrated FIVE years by continuing the tradition of raising awareness, bringing together dog lovers of all kinds, and honoring our four-legged friends with the theme “All Dogs Are Created Equal.” LeRoy Golden’s canine stars Bruzair, Justice, and Karma amazed and entertained with another fantastic Frisbee demo. The parade and festival drew many hundreds of participants, with the costume contest as a bit hit. Our Wellness Clinic included a full array of resources, information, and services such as access to veterinarians on-site, discounted heartworm check vouchers, free microchips, free spay/neuter appointments, and leashes, collars, ad other supplies. The Pittie Kissing Booth featured Pit Crew dogs giving love to visitors, and our Q&A included Pit Crew trainer, Crystal Dunn, who demonstrated some therapy dog work for the crowd. The festival offered a park full of vendor booths from trainers, retailers, and service providers.
In 2014: Our Sixth Annual TSPP Weekend was a success! With hundreds of pups and their families turning out to show their pride for our weekend of festivities! The Sunday Parade up Congress Avenue made its way to Republic Square Park where a free festival with vendors, games, contests, music, silent auction, training demos, and mini-clinic was held. We hosted an online contest this year; 1,000s of photos were submitted to vote for our official prom king and queen. We enjoyed having the winners, rescue pups King Porky and Queen Nani as our Grand Marshalls in this year’s parade! Canine celebs will included “Flying” Frisbee dogs with LeRoy Golden and Love-A-Bull’s Pit Crew (one of the first all-pittie therapy dog groups in the country). We welcomed back our VIP guest, Gordon “Shotgun” Shell for a fabulous weekend of pittie focused events! Additionally, Love-A-Bull partnered with Frank Restaurant again this year to showcase a new public artwork in downtown that is currently still up in downtown Austin! Check out our amazing video below made by Videographer Chase Martinez! You can also see the event pictures here.
In 2015:Our Seventh Annual celebration of National Pit Bull Awareness Day, in Austin Texas has been changed up this year. This change is due to our favorite location in downtown Austin (Republic Square Park) undergoing Phase II of the City of Austin’s Emerging Projects plan. The construction at the park has given us the opportunity to showcase and partner with an exciting and new Austin based dog-focused business, Yard Bar! The Yard Bar has a restaurant and bar on-site and Love-A-Bull will have our team of volunteers available to answer any questions and introduce you to some of our amazing Adopt-A-Bull’s. We will be featuring several vendors, including our wonderful friends from Emancipet, as well as games, silent auction items and the chance for your pup to receive a free microchip.