For the Love of Pitbulls

Loving, smiley, and loyal are words pit bull owners regularly use to describe their dogs’ personalities. American Pit Bull Terriers are also recognized as being highly intelligent, responsive to training, and eager to please their owners. Many pit bull organizations, non-profits, and owners are dedicated to celebrating the breed’s unique qualities that so many people love.

One of these non-profits, Bless the Bullys, created National Pit Bull Awareness Day (NPBAD) in 2007 to bring about more positive awareness, education, and interest surrounding the breed. Since its inception, the event has gathered a huge following within the community and continues to change the negative perception associated with the breed through education and advocacy.

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Local rescue and Pet Community Center partner, Nashville PITTIE  is hosting the Nashville Pitbull Awareness Celebration in Centennial Park this Sunday, October 23rd, 11am-4pm.  The event will include a Pittie Parade, Adopt-A-Bulls, food trucks, live music, and a variety of pet services. Pet Community Center will be on site with the mobile clinic offering dog and cat wellness care. These low-cost services include vaccines, microchips, heartworm testing, and preventative flea/tick medication for dogs and cats.

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In celebration of National Pit Bull Awareness Day, we wanted to share one of our favorite pit bull stories from earlier this year. This story gets to us every time, we hope you love it as much as we do!  

Here’s the story of Betty, a loving pit, who not only recieved affordable heartworm treatment from Pet Community Center, but also found her forever home with Tim.

Tim's dog, Betty, received heartworm treatment at Pet Community Center.

Looking to kill some time before work one day, Tim decided to stop by Metro Animal Care and Control (MACC) to take a look at the dogs. Right away, he noticed Betty, but had heard that pit bulls could be aggressive. Since he has three young children at home, he passed on her at first, but something in Betty kept pulling him back. On a whim, he decided to take her out for a walk to see how she interacted with other dogs and children at the facility. As he walked her, Betty’s sweet and personality and gentle demeanor was apparent. He was sold on Betty, but he saw on her chart that she had heartworm and would need treatment. The treatment could be expensive and Tim was crushed that he would have to pass on Betty. Luckily, MACC told Tim about Pet Community Center’s heartworm treatment program and the deal was done. “Load her up in the truck”, Tim said “I’m taking her home!” Today, Betty lives on a farm, has three kids to play with, and is on her way to being heartworm free. As she sleeps in her cozy bed inside, Tim says “She snores like you wouldn’t believe, but we love her. She’s our girl.”