In honor of National Pit Bull Awareness Month (PBAM), Love-A-Bull is again hosting our paw-pular Virtual Silent Auction! We need YOUR help in spreading the word to help us save more pitties! Can you send this blog post to 5 friends, or RSVP and share our Facebook event?
Get those virtual paddles ready for bidding starting at 7 p.m. CDT TONIGHT! You can peruse nearly 100 items we have gathered from our lovely supporters and volunteers at 32auctions.com/loveabullatx2021.
🎁 Over 30 gift baskets or special bundles, including spa packages, perfumes, alcohol from our friends at Tito’s and tons of doggy items! 🎨 Special nose art made by a few of our wonderful Adopt-A-Bulls, like Kringle! 🎟️ Tickets and gift certificates to Texas experiences, like Banger’s Sausage House & Beer Garden, Austin Escape Room, Ghost City Tours ATX, Pubcrawler of Austin, Lake Travis Zipline Adventures and more! 💎 Jewelry from Kendra Scott! 🐕 A beautiful custom dog crate cover made by Love-A-Bull volunteer Kristin Davis! 🦛 Items celebrating our favorite land hippos, including pittie garden silhouettes by My Metal Rescue, doggy pajamas and collars from Tooth & Honey and fun reversible bandanas from Spikey Likes It!
All funds raised assist in our Adopt-A-Bulls’ care and further promote our mission of advocacy, education and rescue on behalf of these misunderstood breeds. Our goal is to raise $8,000!
TIPS FOR BIDDING:
All silent auction items with “ATX” in the title are for local pickup and/or redemption only. We will host our silent auction pickup during our Howl-o-ween Paw-ty from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 30 at Yard Bar, 6700 Burnet Road, Austin, TX!
Any items with “Nationwide” in the title are open for bidding across the U.S., and will be delivered via email to the winning bidder. Check each item listing for more details, and happy bidding!
Happy National Pit Bull Awareness Month!
Thank you to all of our donors, volunteers, fosters and adopters.
🎃 Yard Bar Howl-o-Ween with Love-A-Bull 🎃
We are teaming up with Yard Bar for a special Howl-o-ween this year on Saturday, Oct. 30! October is Pit Bull Awareness Month — AND Love-A-Bull is also celebrating its 13th anniversary as a non-profit!
Costume contests start at 2 p.m. Sign up via Eventbrite for a suggested donation of at least $5 to enter one of the following categories:
Best Pittie Costume
Best DIY Costume
Best Group Costume (owner+dog, couple+dog, family+dogs, etc.)
Best Owner/Handler Look Alike
Costume contests will take place on Yard Bar’s all-ages dining patio! We’ll have plenty of great prizes, including some favorites from our auction!
We’ll also be selling our Love-A-Bull merch on site, plus discounted doggy items including $5 collars, $7 leashes, $8 outfits/sweaters and $10 life jackets! Plus: Hear from Lindsey Ortiz, certified dog trainer with Taurus Academy and Love-A-Bull, in our free “Ask the Trainer” booth — where you can also meet some of our Adopt-A-Bulls!
All funds raised for Love-A-Bull, a 100% volunteer-run, foster-based 501(c)3 nonprofit, go directly toward advocacy, education and rescue on behalf of pit bull-type dogs.
They go back to helping dogs like Orson, who came to our rescue via shelter after he was found as a stray in San Antonio. This puppy’s time was almost up — he had trauma from a previous injury that resulted in a necessary eye removal, plus two cherry eyes in addition to a terrible case of mange.
With the help of funds donated by our wonderful supporters, and having an available foster to care for him, we were able to pull Orson into our Adopt-A-Bulls rescue program and get him the initial surgery that he needed! While Orson was waiting to get a little bit stronger for his cherry-eye procedure, he went and got himself adopted. ❤️
And even though Orson has found his furever home, we are still desperately searching for more fosters and adopters! With the holidays approaching and people’s travel schedules filling up, we expect a slowdown in adoptions — but the pleas for our help across rural communities in Texas never stop coming. These dogs need us. They need YOU.
We’re so excited that it’s yet another October, which means … it’s National Pit Bull Awareness Month (PBAM)!
To help us celebrate, we launched a merchandise design contest earlier this fall. We had one amazing winner (Ryan, on IG @ryannicoleart), but we have another special campaign active NOW through Oct. 11 to help us tell the world just how magical pit bulls are!
Elizabeth Lynn (IG @cygnette_art) submitted the “Pit Bulls Are Magic” design as part of our PBAM Design Contest, and it was a voter favorite! (You might recognize the cute witch as based off our wonderful co-founder, Lydia Zaidman, with her pittie Zoe!) You can order “Pit Bulls Are Magic” on a variety of cute and cozy merchandise items NOW via Bonfire.
BUT HURRY! This limited-edition merch is available only until Oct. 11. All items will ship Oct. 20-29, just in time for Halloween. Let’s get witchy!
Thank you to everyone who supported our first-round 2021 PBAM merchandise campaign! We sold nearly 80 items and raised over $800 to benefit Love-A-Bull.
We can’t wait to see you representing your pittie pride all month long!
Save the date: PBAM silent auction and party!
Join us for our virtual Pit Bull Awareness Month Silent Auction on Oct. 19! We’ll have 100+ items valued at over $10,000 total available for local and national bidders, with the auction closing on Oct. 26 — officially Pit Bull Awareness Day! From doggy gift baskets and luxury camping gear to high-end jewelry and experience gift certificates, we have something for everyone!
✨ Stay tuned for updates when we launch the PBAM 32Auctions website soon! ✨
We’ll also be celebrating Pit Bull Awareness Month and our lucky 13th anniversary as a 501(c)3 nonprofit on Saturday, Oct. 30 at Yard Bar! Our PBAD/Anniversary Party will feature a costume contest, silent auction item pickup and more fun!
Pit Bull Awareness Month Shop for a Cause
Oh Me So Holy is our PBAM Shop for a Cause partner, and we couldn’t be more excited to feature these pet saints candles! You can get your customized pet saints candle at Oh Me So Holy. Between Oct. 1-14, 20% of each pet saints candle sale goes back to Love-A-Bull!
Check out our other Shop for a Cause partners here.
Kick off PBAM during our next Pittie Fun Walk this Sunday, Oct. 3, at 10 a.m.! Meet pack leaders Heather and Wichita at the spider sculpture in the Mueller development in Austin, TX. We’ll even have a fun chance for you to win prizes if you purchase any Love-A-Bull merch or your dog wears a costume for early Howl-o-ween! More prizes available if you join and fundraise for our Strut Your Mutt team!
❤️ This is a casual on-leash walk to showcase responsible pit bull guardianship, but all breeds are welcome. Bring your pitties for PIT BULL AWARENESS MONTH!
❤️ We kindly request 1 dog per handler. If you have 2 dogs, bring a second person!
❤️ Bring a 6-foot or shorter leash, poop bags and whatever equipment your dog needs for a safe, enjoyable walk with people and other dogs (harness, muzzle, etc.).
Adopt-A-Bulls in need of fur-ever homes
Check out our long-stay Adopt-A-Bulls (dogs in our care for 90+ days)! We are in special need of foster or adopter homes for Gus and Cleo. Know anyone? Share this newsletter!
URGENT Fosters — we are always in need of fosters so we can pull more dogs at risk of euthanasia from rural Texas shelters. This year, we’ve had a major slowdown in fostering and adoptions as people go back to working in office or otherwise returning to “normal” life. “Unicorn” 🦄 homes, those without other pets or kiddos, are especially helpful! Get in touch if you or someone you know can open their home to an Adopt-A-Bull, even for a short-term stay or over the holidays! They need you!
📚 Community Outreach & Education Coordinator — help our goal of reducing the homeless animal population by hosting spay/neuter and shot clinics, plus other outreach/education efforts. We’d love to offer another Chloe’s Clinic in 2022, but really need this coordinator position to do so!
🗞 Newsletter Coordinator [AT-HOME OPTION] —Do you love writing and putting together simple photo and graphic layouts? We need someone who’d like to send our quarterly newsletter as well as special giving campaign e-blasts to help us meet our end-of-year fundraising goals!
We welcomed two new board members in mid-July!
Macie Hay Sharpe, Board Treasurer, has both worked at and volunteered with rescues throughout Texas and Louisiana. She served as accountant at Austin Pets Alive! for two years, as well as volunteers as a dog walker, CGC/TOP Dog trainer and member of the Legislative and Policy Committee.
Alexis Mulholland, Board Member, has fostered for Love-A-Bull and another pit bull rescue and also volunteers rehabbing wildlife with Austin Wildlife Rescue. She has a bachelor’s degree in wildlife and fisheries with an emphasis on animal behavior and a minor in psychology.
Editor’s note: This post was originally written in April 2019. Bruenor is still celebrating his time in his forever home with author Crystal Dunn, a former LOVE-A-BULL Board member!
Hi Bo. Yes, you’re cute, even in a giant cone. No, we’re not keeping you, so don’t get too comfortable.
Quit following me. I said that you are definitely just a foster dog and I meant it. No amount of cuteness is going to change that, even if you have one of the cutest faces I’ve ever seen. This is simply a place of healing, that is all. Plus, we have more than just ourselves to consider here. The other dog isn’t even sure about you yet.
That was quick. You should probably know that she’s always been a little friendly with big, handsome, burly types, so don’t let it go to your head.
Nice. I see what you did there, but this doesn’t change anything. You still have to woo me, the kid, and the husband, and we’re not an easy sell. We’ve been doing this foster thing for a long time, buddy. This house has a virtual revolving dog-door, I’ll have you know. We said no to a Golden Retriever named Sunshine once.
Nicely played, sir, but she’s 8 and has yet to pay the bills, so this one is only going to get you so far.
Foster fail? Who told you that? Was that my mom? Because she gets an idea in her head sometimes and, well, she’s a dog pusher, to be frank. Don’t listen to her, Bo. She shouldn’t be using those words around you. If you want to work on anyone, work on the husband. I think you’ll find he is much less easy to convi–
Wow. The ol’ head-in-the-lap trick. You’re good.
Luckily this family has me to make sense of things. I’m proud of myself for staying strong through this, really. I mean, this is why some people can’t foster, you know what I’m saying?<<pets your belly slowly while you snore in my lap>>
They just fall in love too easily. Those are the people who end up on one of those animal cops shows wearing a spaghetti-stained nightshirt and house slippers soaked in god only knows what.
Not me, Bo. Animal hoarding has never been my thing. I know two is hardly hoarding, but let’s not forget that you’re 90 lbs with elephant-sized poops. You’re like five dogs in one.
Bo. Hmm … that name doesn’t really suit you. You’re more of a Bruenor. Oh, you like that one, eh? Bruenor it is, then. Not that I’m naming you. It’s just a nickname, that’s all.
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OK, GOOGLE — WHAT DOES A PIT BULL SOUND LIKE?
Have you ever wondered what a pit bull sounds like? Do us a favor and ask Google — “Hey Google, what does a pit bull sound like?” Take a look and listen to this video.
If you’ve never heard the sound of a pit bull, don’t be alarmed — we promise they aren’t undercover dinosaurs! If you have heard a pit bull, then you’re probably confused as to why they are portrayed on Google Assistant as vicious, rabid creatures while Labrador Retrievers, Rottweilers, Dobermans, Chihuahuas and dogs in general consistently sound happy and sweet.
So, what do we do about it? Well, we want you to #showgoogleyourpitties! Please take a moment to post pictures, videos, and comments on your personal social media pages, and Google / Google Assistant pages. Be sure to tag Google, Google Assistant, Love-A-Bull and all of your other favorite pittie rescues and let them know that you want this corrected. Don’t forget to use the hashtag #showgoogleyourpitties!
Google clearly does not know the nature of pit bull-type dogs, and we want to take this opportunity to teach them. Please be sure to be constructive — we want to resolve the issue so that the harm being done to the image of these dogs can be corrected. Please share our video with friends and family!
MONTHLY PITTIE FUN WALKS RESUME
Yes, you read that right! Our popular monthly Pittie Fun Walks have resumed, with our first pack walk in a year and a half successfully launching in June!
Join us for our next Pittie Fun Walk on Sunday, July 4, at 9 a.m. Meet at the spider sculpture in the Mueller development! This could be a great day to take your dog for a pack walk to tucker them out before the fireworks and celebrations later in the evening.
A few important reminders:
This is a casual, fun, on-leash stroll with our dogs to showcase responsible pit bull guardianship. We kindly request just ONE dog per person on these walks, please (if you have more than one dog, one handler per dog is fine!) Make sure to bring a 6-foot or shorter leash, poop bags, and whatever equipment your dog needs for a safe, enjoyable walk with people and other dogs (harness, head halter, muzzle, etc.). The walk is about 3 miles total, but there are several points to turn around to make it shorter. Don’t forget water, as well, for both you and your pup!
To RSVP, visit our Facebook event page or Meetup. Please note: While we began as an organization on this platform, we will be phasing out our use of Meetup over the coming months!
OTHER UPCOMING EVENTS
Sunday, July 11 – K9 WORKINGMIND OPEN HOUSE
Join Love-A-Bull at an open house for K9 Workingmind, Training by Tara in East Austin! The open house runs from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, July 11, and we’ll be selling merch! Come learn more about our organization and our current needs, plus get some awesome training tips! K9 Workingmind will have stations for experiencing their fun classes and meeting some of their staff. They’ll also be holding cafe classes to practice proper cafe etiquette with your dog. Contact K9 Workingmind with questions at firstname.lastname@example.org!
Sunday, July 11 – VOLUNTEER ORIENTATION / STILL AUSTIN FUNDRAISER
We are finally ready to resume our Volunteer Orientation, in person! If you’ve filled out our volunteer application, come on out and join us at The Grackle in East Austin from noon to 2 p.m. on Sunday, July 11! We will mingle until 12:30 p.m., then start our orientation. We’ll also have merch on site, so you can buy your volunteer T-shirts and other Love-A-Bull gear! Metered parking is free on Sundays! Still Austin and The Grackle also have partnered to offer proceeds from select drink specials back to Love-A-Bull, so feel free to bring some friends for a Sunday Funday, and support us at the same time!
Sunday, July 18 – ADOPTION EVENT
Get your Adopt-A-Bulls fix at Central Machine Works in East Austin during our first Adoption Event at this brewery! Central Machine Works hosts a weekly music series on Sundays, and our emcee will be showcasing our dogs between sets to help them get adopter interest! Join us from 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday, July 18, and tell your friends!
*SAVE THE DATES*
Keep an eye on our social media and website calendar for more details on the following events as they become available.
Saturday, July 31 – SWEAT FOR PETS FUNDRAISER
Come sweat with us at F45 at The Domain during a one-hour workout class at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, July 31 benefiting Love-A-Bull! Tickets will cost $30 each, with proceeds going back to us. Tickets on sale NOW!
Saturday, Aug. 14 – ADOPTION EVENT
Join Love-A-Bull at the grand opening of The Watering Bowl Dog Park & Bar in South Austin/Manchaca from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 14!
Saturday, Sept. 11 – OUTREACH EVENT
Learn more about Love-A-Bull, and maybe meet some Adopt-A-Bulls, at the Austin Flea market event that runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 11 at Capt. Quackenbush’s Coffeehouse in South Austin!
OCTOBER – PIT BULL AWARENESS MONTH – SILENT AUCTION AND MORE!
We are currently deep in the planning stages for an amazing month full of activities for Pit Bull Awareness Day, celebrated annually on Oct. 26! Stay tuned to our social media pages, but for now, we are bringing back our successful online silent auction! If you have any items you’d like to donate, such as gift baskets (you can make your own!), gift cards or tickets to experiences, please email email@example.com.
Sara Stein, Board President — Sara is a fierce advocate for pit bull-type dogs, and has years of dog experience with past nonprofit rescues as well as private practice as a Registered Veterinary Technician. She has run our foster program for the past two years. Sara was elected board president in April, taking the reins from outgoing board president Lindsey Ortiz, a 10+ year Love-A-Bull volunteer who continues to serve the organization as our main training consultant.
Amber Krosel, Vice President/Treasurer — Amber is now serving a dual role as VP and treasurer, overseeing our fundraising efforts, events and social media.
Ruth Nobile, Volunteer Coordinator — Ruth has been behind the scenes running our social media for the last 8+ months, and now is the face of our volunteer program! She is mom to Love-A-Bull alumna Daisy, fka Paprika.
Kristin Davis, Events Committee Co-Chair — Kristin is a seasoned events professional, and stepped up into this leadership role to help in our fundraising efforts! She is mom to Love-A-Bull alumnus Boulder, fka Dom.
Christian Coronado, Events Committee Co-Chair — Christian has deep ties to the service industry and is working on bringing back our Pints for Pits fundraisers, and other fun business-partner events! He is dad to Love-A-Bull alumna Meg.
Congratulations to all!
JOIN THE LOVE-A-BULL BOARD
We are currently recruiting for the most active role in our organization, Board Member! Our Board of Directors is a “working board,” meaning we run the rescue, adoption, education and advocacy efforts of Love-A-Bull … and we’re all volunteers! The estimated time commitment is 5-10 hours per week, including monthly virtual board meetings, helping at dog meet and greets, overseeing important committee work, and more! Our board members serve 2-year volunteer terms, and make an impact every day in advocacy and lifesaving work. This role is perfect for those who have previous shelter/rescue experience, especially if any have been in leadership roles! Interested in learning more? Email firstname.lastname@example.org. Any of our current board members would be happy to speak with individuals in greater detail.
OTHER VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
Please email email@example.com if you are interested in any of the following opportunities.
***URGENT*** Fosters — we are in desperate need of fosters, particularly ones who do not currently have pets at home! It’s also puppy season, which means we are getting several requests from rural kill shelters to help us save pregnant mama dogs or just puppies who have been left on their own. We ask our fosters to hold on to mama and babies until puppies are 10 weeks old. If you are interested in fostering and live in the Austin, TX area, please email firstname.lastname@example.org!
**NEW** Dog Walkers — while we don’t have a physical shelter, some of our pups stay at our vet for a few days as they recover from medical issues or otherwise need to be boarded. We’d love to have a roster of dog walkers willing to visit New Hope Animal Hospital in Cedar Park!
Dog Trainers — work as an apprentice under our training/behavior consultants to conduct safe, in-person training classes, create virtual training opportunities and assist at foster/adoption meet and greets.
Data Entry/Research Assistants — calling all data nerds! We’re always looking for ways to improve the information we have on our website about pit bulls, or assist with data entry on Adopt-A-Bulls’ records.
Community Outreach Coordinator — we are still seeking a volunteer Community Outreach Coordinator to help with our goal of reducing the homeless animal population by hosting more spay/neuter clinics, shot clinics, and other outreach and education efforts in our most vulnerable areas of rural TX! We are tentatively planning our first spay/neuter and microchip clinic in a few years for September 2021, and could definitely use the help!
2021 ADOPTED DOGS — SO FAR!
Since our last newsletter in April, our adopted-dogs count has gone up, up, up! Our current totals are 56 dogs adopted for the year! We are so proud to announce that among those adoptions, our Star Wars puppy litter that Austin Pets Alive! graciously helped recover from parvovirus ALL have been adopted!