2014 Austin Pittie Limits: Celebrating dogs as individuals

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From the City of Austin

The Austin Animal Center, in partnership with several animal welfare groups, will host the first-ever Austin Pittie Limits event from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sept. 27. The Austin Animal Center is located in east Austin at 7201 Levander Loop.

Austin City Limits Music Festival is scheduled for the beginning of October, which is also Pit Bull Awareness Month, and we want to kick the festivities off in style by teaming up with other local animal welfare partners for an event that celebrates the diversity of “bully type dogs” and helps our community to better understand them and meet their needs.

Austin Pittie Limits will include live music and fun activities for the entire family, lots of adoptable dogs, plus informational booths about animal welfare resources available in our area, effective and positive dog training, prizes, goodie bags for adopted dogs, dog agility demos, games to play with your dog, and even a chance to make your own dog toys for active dogs. The event is free and open to the public, and pizza will be available for purchase.

“We have a lot of “bully-type” dogs, just like all shelters do,” said Behavior Program Manager, Amber Rowland, “and unfortunately there’s a lot of misinformation in our communities about them. Their personalities are as varied as they could be, no matter what their size or coloring.  The important part is to select a dog with a personality that’s a good match for your lifestyle and expectations, and then to provide the exercise and training that that particular dog needs.”

Some bullies are cuddly and affectionate, some are goofy clowns, some are super active and hard-working, and some are regal and reserved.

Shelters and rescue groups in our community have dogs of all breeds, mixes, and a huge variety of personalities, and it’s important (and fun!) to look beyond a dogs’ appearance or breed and appreciate the personality that makes each dog so special.

“The objective of Austin Pittie Limits, is to deliver this message in a fun and interactive way by inviting members of the community to come meet some of these dogs, hear first-hand accounts of adoption success stories, and see for themselves that great dogs come in all shapes and sizes.” said Jennifer Smith, Customer Service Supervisor.

Participating partners include; Austin Fire Department, Austin Humane Society, Austin Pets Alive!, Austin Police Department, Love-A-Bull, Animal Trustees of Austin, Classic Canines, Dogs out Loud, Don’t Bully Me Rescue, Emancipet, Friends of Austin Animal Center, Hard Luck Hounds, and TDAWG.

The Austin Animal Center is open daily 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at 7201 Levander Loop. Adoptions are also available at the overflow kennels at Town Lake Animal Center, 1156 W. Cesar Chavez St., also open daily, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.  For more information, call 3-1-1 or visitwww.austinanimalcenter.org.


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