OCTOBER 2015 was National Pit Bull Awareness Month and SCPBT was proud to be a part of not one but TWO events this year! On Saturday, October 24th, we co-hosted National Pit Bull Awareness Day in Brea, CA with Orange County Pit Bull Rescue. Over 300 people came out to Carbon Canyon Regional Park to celebrate America's dog and strut their mutt in our annual Halloween costume contest. Much thanks is owed to Keith Guyll of C2T Photography and Desolate MotorSports, along with the Me So Hungry food truck, Penny Milne of Dub Dub Dog Animal Behavioral Services, and ALL of our event vendors.
On Sunday, October 25th, SCPBT headed to San Diego to yet another event with San Diego Pittie Parents. Barb and Corinne were honored to be asked to speak at the event about Breed Specific Legislation and the effects on responsible owners and their beloved pets.
National Pit Bull Awareness Month also brought the long-awaited release of SoCal Pitbull TEAM's very own coffee table book, Buddy, Vinny Bips & Friends - A Year of Pit Bull Adventures! The book is available online by clicking on our TEAM SHOP tab, along with limited sizes of our custom-designed T's from October's event.
APRIL 17, 2013 SoCal Pitbull TEAM's exclusive Launch Party was held at the private Seacliffs Beach Club in San Clemente. We raised over $1000 for bully breed type dogs and had a lot of fun doing it! Thank you to Top Dog Barkery, Pet Treasures, Replenish, and Underdog Foster, our event sponsors. Check out our PSA on Vimeo or by clicking on the video link from our home page. We appreciate the outpouring of love and support from the Southern California community.
October 26, 2013:
THANK YOU ALL for joining local non-profit groups SoCal Pitbull TEAM and OC Pit Bull Rescue for a fun-filled day in Huntington Beach's Central Park for National Pit Bull Awareness Day 2013! This year's event included a costume contest and parade, vendor booths, professional photo fun booth with C2T Photography, giveaways, raffles, prizes, and more! THANKS to pro-trainer Tony Nila of Grumpy Puppy for his Basic Obedience Demo AND of course to Baby's BADASS BURGERS! A big shout out to our sponsors, Top Dog Barkery, Surfside Carpet Cleaning, Sawyer's Pet Bakery, Just Food For Dogs, Pet Rescue Central, and Canvas Pet! Check out pics online at www.C2TPhotography.com or by clicking link below and 20% of all purchases go to SCPBT and OCPBR. See you for next year's event in 2014!
July 27, 2013: SoCal Pitbull TEAM hosted a private showing and SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA PREMIER of River Fire Films movie, "Guilty 'til Proven Innocent" at The Art Theatre in Long Beach. Supporters from Villalobos (including Boss!), OC Pit Bull Rescue, T.H.A.T. Group, and Rebecca's Animal Rescue (among others) all came out to support bully breed dogs and take a stand against BDL. Filmmakers Jeff Theman and Bryan Porter of River Fire Films were on-site for a Q & A after the show. THANK YOU to everyone for their support of this film. Pre-orders of the DVD will be available through www.gtpifilm.com and pics are up on Facebook!
If you didn't get a chance to join us, see OFFICIAL TRAILER on our RESOURCES page.
February 4, 2014 SCPBT and animal advocates from Best Friends, National Canine Research Council, SwayLove.org, OCPBR, and others took a stand this winter against the proposed Dangerous Dog Ordinance in Orange County. With a petition containing over 4500 signatures and a team of experts, attorneys, and advocates, SCPBT is proud to announce that the ordinance failed to make it through the Board of Supervisors hearing, giving us the chance to address this type of legislation at the State level. THANK YOU to all who helped to make this possible!
Sunday, July 31, 2016 12PM-3PM the great artists at True Fit Tattoo in San Diego hosted a fundraiser art auction to benefit SCPBT with taco truck, craft beer, and tattoo specials all day long. Despite the summer heat, supporters came out to get inked and get into the auction! We raised over $2000 thanks to the True Fit Tattoo team and our supporters. THANKS TO ALL!
Thursday, April 14th, 2016 SCPBT and OCPBR co-hosted this one-time special screening at Charter Regency Theater in Huntington Beach of the award winning documentary, "The Champions." The Champions is an inspirational story about the pit bulls rescued from the brutal fighting ring of former Atlanta Falcon's star quarterback Michael Vick, and those that risked it all to save them, despite pressure from PETA and The Humane Society to euthanize the dogs.
Proceeds from ticket sales for the event went to benefit Orange County Pit Bull rescue.
May 3, 2014 SoCal Pitbull TEAM was proud and honored to attend and co-sponsor the One Million Pibble March on Washington. It was a beautiful Saturday afternoon in DC, and excitement was in the air as the crowds descended to 5 separate starting points to begin the march. Organizations, entire families, and citizens from across the country paraded signs, donned shirts and carried banners showing off pictures of their beloved dogs and adages that read, “My Pitbull is Family”, “End BSL now”, and “Discrimination is the Pits”. The chanting to end BSL only grew louder as the masses approached our Nation’s Capital. Upon arrival to the west lawn, Rebecca Correy and her pibble Angel kicked off the festivities with a heartfelt, riveting speech centered on ending breed discrimination and demanding stiffer penalties for dog fighting and abuse.
The voluminous crowd cheered the rest of the speakers on as they spoke of paying it forward, ignoring the “haters”, encouraging positive advocacy, and revealing heartfelt stories of their rescued dogs. Lea Brewer, one of the keynote speakers, was there with her pit bull Elle, who won the American Humane Association's 2013 American Hero Dog Award. Lea told the story of how in 2010 Elle became a therapy dog in her hometown of Roanoke Rapids, N.C., and has been working to change the stereotypes about pit bull type dogs ever since! Now 5 years old, Elle participate in a therapy dog reading program called, "Tail Wagging Tales," and helps teach dog safety to children.
Bonds were formed, information was shared, voices were heard and history was made. This positive movement was the perfect kicking off point for continued and more effective advocacy. In our inaugural year, SCPBT has concentrated on the E, A & M in our TEAM acronym. We Educated through several of our outreach programs, and we Advocated through writing legislators and speaking out at local proposed ordinances. In addition, we Made a difference by sponsoring the Million Pibble March, to help abolish BSL. This summer our focus is on the T, Training. We encourage positive reinforcement training and promote Canine Good Citizen certification. We will be providing that opportunity to our community as a kick off to National Pitbull Awareness Day, 2014! We will be working with local trainers to offer the CGC testing to pitbull type dogs.
Together we can enrich the lives of our dogs, create safer communities, and afford equality for all.
APRIL 26, 2013 SoCal Pitbull Team started an Outreach Program with the Long Beach Girl Scouts troop 1143 at the SPCA on Spring St. SCPBT helped twelve, scouts aged 8-10 earn their "Agent of change, Power of community" badge by encouraging adoption vs. buying, demonstrating dog safety tips and teaching about breed mis-identification and discrimination. The girls participated in safety scenarios, played "pick the breed" from an array of mixed pound puppies, and met Buddy the Therapy Dog and Kunta, the Canine Good Citizen ambassador. The troop will be holding either a kickball fundraiser or rummage/bake sale to raise much needed funds for the SPCA.
June 2013 SCPBT presented it's first "Canine Compassion Class" to a group of 14-18 year old at risk youths in south Orange County. The presentation focused on positive reinforcement training, socialization, exercise and compassion towards animals. We were fortunate enough to have Buddy the Therapy dog on hand as our breed ambassador and social butterfly. Savvy the therapy Viszla thrilled the crowd with her many tricks, while Savvy's owner Kelly Roberts-Rang offered her expertise on training and offering helpful tips to the kids. SCPBT is dedicated to educating the community through interactive presentations and offering accurate resources about bully breed dogs.
SoCal Pitbull T.E.A.M. has suspended live events until the global health situation improves, however, we have re-doubled our fundraising efforts to support dogs need with direct funding through the Claire Joiner Memorial Grant. Some past events we are very proud of and hope to attend again in the future include FACE's 5K Doggie Dash, OCPBR's National Pit Bull Awareness Day Pack Walk & Celebration, and of course, Stand Up For Pits Hollywood with Rebecca Corry and Bill Burr hosted by Kaley Cuoco! We are perhaps most proud of raising over $8,000 to renovate the ancillary building at the Imperial Valley Humane Society in El Centro, thanks to our supporters and the amazing folks at True Fit Tattoo. Look for us online, where we are selling our True Fit Tattoo Limited Collection merchandise. Proceeds help us continue this work!
March 1, 2015: SCPBT hosted our first AKC Canine Good Citizen Certification event in collaboration with Penny Milne (CPDT-KSA/CBCC-KA) of DubDub Dog Animal Behavior Services. The event was held in Huntington Beach Central Park's Dog Events Center. 7 out of 10 dogs tested received their certificates, and the other 3 were such great sports, we invited them back to test again at National Pit Bull Awareness Day in October. The fee for receiving a certificate from the AKC for all dogs passing the CGC test on this day was paid for by SoCal Pitbull TEAM in an effort to reward responsible pit bull owners and their well-mannered dogs, and to increase a positive image of pit bull type dogs in the media and in the community. Pics on Facebook!
October 25, 2014: THANK YOU to everyone who joined SCPBT and OCPBR for our annual National Pit Bull Awareness Day event in Huntington Beach Central Park! A special shout out to our SPONSORS: SOJO's, Bella's K-9 Kitchen, Pinups for Pitbulls, Canvas Pet, Pet Rescue Central & 4 The Pits, Pet Supply, Pets PLUS, YogaWorks, and Top Dog Barkery. We had a fantastic nose work demo by Steve De Tata with PRC and a preview of what it would take to pass the upcoming AKC Canine Good Citizenship Certification with trainer Penny Milne of Dub Dub Dog (www.whatagoodpuppy.com). And don't forget those PICTURES!!! Thanks to Keith Guyll, photographer extraordinaire, with C2T photography. Photos are on Facebook now.
Click here to download or purchase beautiful keepsake prints: http://www.c2tgallery.com/NPBAD-2014/i-GZbfPMj
November 4, 2013 through Present SCPBT has been invited to UCI by the Student Animal Legal Defense Fund each semester since November 2013 to bring Buddy The Therapy Dog and his Kiss-A-Bull booth to help alleviate stress and anxiety during law school final exams. Sometimes this is accompanied by fundraising or education against BSL, and sometimes is just a love fest where students and teachers alike get some much needed TLC from SCPBT's favorite chocolate cupcake, Buddy! Special thanks to Anne Bennett and Stephanie Wilson, our hosts, for asking us to participate, and congratulations to them on their upcoming graduation.
April 9, 2014 PINTS FOR PITS at 25 Degrees in Huntington Beach was a fundraiser to sponsor the One Million Pibble March on Washington DC on May 3rd, 2014 to put an end to BSL once and for all! WE ACHIEVED OUR GOAL to raise $1000 and are now official sponsors of this great event! See overview and pics of our trip to DC (above) on May 3rd to help raise awareness against Breed Discriminatory Legislation on a national level. A special thank goes out to 25 Degrees who donated 20% of all proceeds from the night to the organization, as well as to Firestone Walker and classic rock duo DEUCE COUPE for providing live music all night!
Sunday, March 19, 2017 once again the amazing artists at True Fit Tattoo hosted SoCal Pitbull TEAM for a fundraiser, this one, our "St. Pitty's Day" Celebration to raise the remaining funds needed to renovate the Imperial Valley Humane Society's ancillary building in El Centro. Fundraising efforts had been underway since the Fall of 2016, and with the help of True Fit owner (and new parents) Tomas and Kristina Archuleta, we finally reached our goal and broke ground in El Centro before the hot summer months in the Valley prevented it.
On May 13 & 14, 2017 teams of volunteers descended on the Humane Society of Imperial County in El Centro, armed with supplies, shampoo, flea meds, and lots of treats, to take care of the dogs and cats while Chris and Brian Telesmanic, Gregg Smith, and Victor Keese completely renovated the ancillary building with new sub-floors, antimicrobial flooring, paint, and kennels. They say it takes a village, and this village of dog lovers came together to make a positive impact in El Centro. If you are considering adopting a pit bull type dog, please consider makign the trip out to El Centro. They are a no-kill shelter and vastly overcrowded, so SCPBT will pay the adoption fees to anyone adopting a bully-breed dog from the Humane Society of Imperial County.