Love-A-Bull’s 2022 Virtual Silent Auction

It’s here! Our Pit Bull Awareness Month Virtual Silent Auction October 20th-25th!

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! RSVP to our Facebook event and please share with your friends!



Get those virtual paddles ready for bidding starting at 5 p.m. CDT October 20th, 2022! You can peruse over 155 items we have gathered from our lovely supporters and volunteers at 32auctions.com/loveabull2022.

This is the perfect opportunity to get an excellent deal on a product, gift basket or gift card!

Several local restaurants , breweries and distilleries have donated gift cards💳, food🍔, alcohol and more! 
Many dog related businesses have donated items available both
locally and nationally!


The auction will close on Tuesday, Oct. 25, which is officially National Pit Bull Awareness Day! What are you bidding on?!

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 $15,000!

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. 29th 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 our second annual Howl-o-ween on Saturday, Oct. 29! October is Pit Bull Awareness Month — AND Love-A-Bull is also celebrating its 14th anniversary as a non-profit!

Costume contests start at 2 p.m. Sign up via Eventbrite for a suggested donation of at least $10 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 the Fat City patio and all ages are welcome! We’ll have plenty of great prizes, including some great swag from Yard Bar and Picaboo!

We’ll also have a booth set up with information about Love-A-Bull, regular merchandise for purchase (shirts, stickers, magnets), plus special Pit Bull Awareness Day stickers for purchase! RSVP for additional info and event updates!

Why support Love-A-Bull?! Because of our “Happy Tails” for dogs like Nubia!



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 Nubia, pictured above, who came to our rescue in need of a second chance and a lot of help. With the help of funds donated by our wonderful supporters, we were able to pull Nubia into our Adopt-A-Bulls rescue program and get her the care (and WHEELS!) that she needed. She is now adopted and loving her new life! ❤️And even though Nubia 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.

Apply today to meet our availa-bull Adopt-A-Bulls.

Love-A-Bull Pit Bull Awareness Month

Love-A-Bull’s 2021 Virtual Silent Auction

It’s here! Our Pit Bull Awareness Month Virtual Silent Auction opens TONIGHT!

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.

The auction will close at 7 p.m. CDT Tuesday, Oct. 26, which is officially National Pit Bull Awareness Day! What are you bidding on?!

Items include:

🎁 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!

RSVP for additional info and event updates!

Why support Love-A-Bull?

To help us give more “Happy Tails,” of course!

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.

Apply today to meet our availa-bull Adopt-A-Bulls.

Love-A-Bull Pit Bulls are Magic

Pit Bulls Are Magic … aren’t they?

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.

Want to partner with us to save more lives? Email outreach@love-a-bull.org.

Monthly Pittie Fun Walk: PBAM edition

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!

Reminders:

❤️ 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!

All of our Adopt-A-Bulls, including puppies and other new arrivals, are listed here. Email adopt@love-a-bull.org or foster@love-a-bull.org for info!

Volunteer with us

Please email getinvolved@love-a-bull.org if you are interested in any of these opportunities:

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!

Leadership update

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.

Interested in becoming a board member of a 100% volunteer-run, foster-based pit bull rescue? Email us at getinvolved@love-a-bull.org!

Conversations with our Foster Dog

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.

Sunshine.

We’re unbreakable.

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.

Crap! You got an application. I mean … yay.

Hmmm …

WELCOME HOME, BRUENOR!