On April 9th, 2011 The Positive Pit Bull held a new event called Pet Bull Palooza at Historic Oak View Park in Raleigh, NC. It was a day of celebration of the pit bull breeds, and the owners who love them.
Despite the COLD weather (45-ish degrees) and misty, threatening to rain all day, over 400 people came out and over 100 pit bulls! The Positive Pit Bull arranged for FREE spay/neuter, free rabies shots for all pit bulls attending, as well as free microchips, collars, leashes, treats, dog food, free training provided by area trainers (as well as one Bostonian!), and lots of responsible ownership materials. The event was very well received and we had coverage by News 14!
All ages of dogs came, from 3 mo old puppies to adults. There were all kinds of dog activities being demonstrated for the public’s entertainment, and ways to sign up to get their dogs involved. These included: agility by the AKC, flyball by GO DOG GO! and weight pull by Michael Wright from On the Edge Kennels. Anyone interested in getting their dogs into the weight pull has the opportunity to put the harness on their dog and get some instruction on how to get their dogs interested in the sport. All sports demo’ed were meant to encourage more responsible ownership and to build the relationship between owner and dog. It’s what having a dog is all about! Three dogs even tested and WON their CGC while at our event! They obviously had been practicing good manners lessons with their dogs beforehand, and they took home ribbons as a marker of earning this award! Pretty impressive!!
The Positive Pit Bull raised awareness of the problem of high euthanasia rates for these dogs everywhere, not just in Wake county, and offered free spay/neuter surgeries as a way to curb some of the population of pit bulls that end up in our shelter. This event was targeted at the two zipcodes that produce the most pit bulls who end up in our shelter.
Now that it’s June, I am happy to report that we spay/neutered 55 dogs total! The Positive Pit Bull must first thank all the doctors that helped us achieve this goal: Dr. Jay Mackie (donated 40 surgeries!!!), Dr. Kevin Monce of PetSound Animal Hospital (donated his facility for Dr. Mackie to use AND donated 7 surgeries himself, as well as administering ALL the rabies shots at our event!), and Dr. Jon of Magnolia Animal Hospital donated two surgeries! PPB could not be more thrilled to have been able to help this community and its pit bull problem at this level, and we could not have done any of it without the help of all of our WONDERFUL supporters, who have followed us and bought artwork, tshirts, calendars, etc. along the way! As well as our FABULOUS VOLUNTEERS!!! We had 80 volunteers helping at this event and everything went as smooth as silk!!
Cheers to the Wake county community and all the responsible pit bull owners out there who were able to take advantage of this unique opportunity! We look forward to offering this event again in spring of 2012!! Hope to see you there!