Animal Care League Partners for Pit Bulls
Possibly one of the most misunderstood and misrepresented dog breeds; pit bulls actually have a traceable history of being loyal family pets. On Saturday, November 2 at The Book Table, 1045 Lake Street in Oak Park, Animal Care League will partner with Safe Humane Chicago (SHC) for an adoption and awareness event.
From 12 noon to 2PM staff and volunteers from both organizations will be on hand for an afternoon of fun and games that will also help people learn more about mixed breed pits and pittie-type dogs. In addition, there will be information about the Court Case Dog program, SHC t-shirts and calendars (for a donation), along with some giveaways. By partnering with Safe Humane Chicago, an organization based on the principle that a humane community is safer, Animal Care League can continue its mission to educate the public about responsible pet ownership.
Gretchen Decker, manager of canine operations at Animal Care League, explains, "Bully breeds face unique challenges when looking for their forever homes. There are still a lot of myths circulating about the dogs that make people shy away from adopting these lovable lugs. In addition, many landlords won’t rent to bully owners. The result is these dogs face a longer stay at the shelter. This event is aimed at showing average pet owners just how fun and friendly pit bulls can be."
Keri Burchfield, board member of SHC, brings her passion to her own Oak Park community to partner with the shelter for the first time. “When I saw the Pittie Party at Kinderhook in July, I was pleased to see them promoting a breed that is so misunderstood. So hopefully (this event) will change some minds about pit-bull type dogs.”