When you think about it, the goal should be to make Pit Bull Awareness Month a thing of the past. In a perfect world, all dogs would be treated the same, regardless of breed or appearance. Why is there not a “Poodle Awareness Month” or a “Beagle Awareness Month” or any other breed Awareness Month?” The reason is that unfortunately this is not a perfect world and, just like with humans, discrimination against entire groups of dogs is still very real.
There has been some good news recently as, one by one, states are beginning to legislate against discriminatory practices. This shows that progress is being made and our efforts to raise awareness are not for naught. So, for now, it is important that we continue the campaign until all dogs can be judged as individuals and not lumped into categories based on the way they look.
In this respect Pit Bull Awareness Month is important to me because, while abuse and neglect are not breed specific, I do think pit bulls as a group face a unique set of obstacles that most dogs will never experience. It is my hope that people will recognize this and understand that certain attributes are taught not inherent and, with love and patience can be untaught.
I have found that in the overwhelming majority of cases, despite what has been inflicted on them by humans, pit bulls are loyal, forgiving and resilient dogs. It has also been my experience that if you are fortunate enough to know the love of a pit bull, your life will be changed forever – just like mine has.
So, let us all continue to raise awareness in every way we can, to send a positive message and advocate for pit bulls and shelter pets everywhere – and, at the same time, keep hoping that one day we will no longer have to.