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Pinups for Pitbulls, Inc. (PFPB) was founded in 2005 by Deirdre ‘Little Darling’ Franklin. Deirdre was tired of finding that so-called rescues and shelters were euthanizing healthy, friendly, and adoptable animals due to their alleged “breed”, and so she utilized her background in modeling and education in fine arts to create a calendar like no other–eye-catching pinup girls and their pups, paying close attention to detail and era appropriate style along the way.
Since 2005, PFPB has continued its progress and has grown exponentially into the internationally recognized organization it is today. Deirdre’s initial vision and mission has remained intact, however her passion for animals and her ability to capture an audience has enabled PFPB to reach people across the world.
PFPB is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization whose mission is to educate people about the history, temperament, and plight of the pit bull-type dog; raising awareness to rally against Breed Specific Legislation (BSL) and Breed Discriminatory Laws (BDL). PFPB’s goal is to restore the image of the pit bull-type dog to its former reputation of America’s companion animal, war hero, and family member.
Through Deirdre’s ever-growing team of volunteers in over twenty states, PFPB has been able to host educational seminars, community outreach initiatives, and fund-raising events throughout the United States. In its educational crusade, PFPB hopes to end discrimination, abuse, and the unnecessary killing of pit bull-type dogs around the world–all the while dreaming that one day, PFPB will no longer be needed.
MEET THE TEAM
The Pinups for Pitbulls Team is not just another group of pretty faces. We are animal lovers, advocates, educators, and a force to be reckoned with. Not a member of our staff will give up on our work until we are no longer needed. With your help, we are hopeful that this time is just over the horizon.
Deirdre ‘Little Darling’ Franklin
Deirdre is the founder, President, and soul behind Pinups for Pitbulls, Inc. (PFPB). Having founded PFPB in 2005 , Deirdre tirelessly and unselfishly works to remain educated, current, and ready to combat Breed-specific and discriminatory laws. Deirdre has graduated from Drexel University and has obtained a master’s degree in Public Policy to add to her arsenal of discrimination-fighting knowledge. She has extensive experience with animal rescue, having been on the front-lines post-Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, during Hurricane Sandy in NJ, and through her years of volunteer work with animal shelters and rescue organizations. Deirdre worked as a foreclosure mitigation counselor and mediator up until she decided to continue her work with Pinups for Pitbulls, Inc. full time. She recently opened a boutique in downtown Asheville, NC called Darlings which also houses Pinups for Pitbulls, Inc. and provides her with a permanent location to educate and advocate on behalf of all dogs. She resides in Asheville, NC with her husband Jeffrey and their family of furry children: foster-failure Baxter Bean (pit bull mix) and rescued pup Zoe (harrier-mix). Our beloved Lexi Doodle passed away on 4/7/14 (Lab/Shepherd mix).
Carla Lou, Four-Legged Founder
Carla Lou is the true founder and inspiration for PFPB. Having been abandoned by her abusers in a Texas basement at age 1, Carla Lou (or “Mookie Sue” as she is affectionately called by her closest friends and fans) was rescued by Chako.org and was Deirdre’s best friend, confidant, and the inspiration for much of PFPB’s custom-designed merchandise. Carla Lou was a true spokes model and ambassa-dog for PFPB, she showed everyone that came into her wiggly path nothing but kindness and kisses, embodying a true pit bull-type dog through and through. Carla Lou was a constant inspiration, and a reminder of the love a human can share with a dog. Carla Lou passed away on August 20, 2012 at the age of 18. She is buried at Hamilton Pet Meadow in New Jersey. She loves visitors.
Note: Chako.org founder, Dawn Capp is one of the main people interviewed in the film ‘Beyond the Myth’ that Pinups for Pitbulls, Inc. sponsored.
Jeffrey “Jeffington” Loncosky
Jeffrey is a Board Member, Treasurer, and overall financial guru for PFPB. Having an extensive background in finance, banking, and accounting (aside from being Little Darling’s main squeeze), there is no better man for the job of Treasurer and Financial Manager than Jeffington. He earned his BBA in Finance & Business Management from Temple University and has an AA in Bank Management. Jeff also does most of the heavy lifting, inventory, and is a regular volunteer at most our events. He has been a musician for 28 years and helps to coordinate a fun and organized atmosphere for our performers, musicians, DJs and bar/club staff for our events so everyone can perform at their best. He resides in Asheville, NC with Deirdre ‘Little Darling’ Franklin and their two rescued dogs.
Doron is a Board Member and long-time volunteer for PFPB. Little Darling first met Doron through Doron’s famous Washington D.C. Eatery, Sticky Fingers Sweets & Eats. Unable to resist the vegan brownies, Little Darling found herself fast-friends with Doron. Doron’s expertise about animal rescue, her love for her pit bull-type dogs Katie Bear and Lucas, and her uncanny calm and witty demeanor makes her an unbelievable asset to PFPB. Doron resides in Washington, DC with her husband Peter, [their son Ezra], and their rescued fur-children [Cat], Katie-Bear, and Lucas (both pit bull-type dogs).
Rachel “Rachel Love” Robison
Rachel is a Board Member and Shipping Coordinator for PFPB. Rachel has a long history of working with animals of all species and creeds, having worked for years as a veterinary technician prior to opening her own business, Mahallah Dog Grooming. Rachel is a true Jill-of-all-trades, dedicating her time to rescuing many homeless animals, volunteering at events and educational programs nation-wide, and organizing and shipping PFPB’s expanding collection of merchandise. In her “free” time, Rachel is a singer and songwriter. Rachel resides in Pennsylvania with her husband Jason and numerous fur-babies – including guinea pigs, rabbits, cats, lizards, and her four rescued dogs, pit bull mix Itty-Bitty, Shepherd Jetta, Labrador Piera, and Pekinese Snowball – just to name a few!
Sandra “Sandra Dee” Jones
Sandra is the Volunteer and Events Coordinator for PFPB. Sandra is an attorney in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, with her main focus on law with compassion – animal and family law. Long before law school, Sandra knew she wanted to use her skill-set and education to do more for animals in need. Having adopted her first pit bull-type dog, Stella, from Animal Control, she knew she needed to do everything she could to be a voice for those who cannot speak out against cruelty and discrimination. Sandra has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania and a juris doctorate from Rutgers University. In addition to attending and organizing events with PFPB nation-wide, Sandra teaches “Animals and the Law” courses at Rutgers University and assists PFPB with various legal issues. Sandra resides in Pennsylvania with husband Greg, former street-cat Penny, and their three rescued dogs: pit bull mix Stella, beagle mix Maverick, and pit bull mix Ruby-Lu.
Nancy Sue Sklencar
Nancy Sue is the Co-Events Coordinator at Pinups for Pitbulls, Inc. She has a BA degree from Rutgers, Camden College of Arts and Sciences and manages a boutique law firm in South Jersey. Her organizational skills have helped her to be the right hand to Sandra Dee and Little Darling and she is grateful to be instrumental in developing PFPB’s national and international team of volunteers for both in-person events and our street team. Her interaction with people as a Ballroom, Latin and Swing dancer and dance instructor have helped her become a more knowledgeable and patient animal advocate. An animal lover since birth, she’s recently adopted a vegan lifestyle believing that to be her path to true animal advocacy. She and her husband share their lives with two of the most amazing adopted pit bull-type dogs; Calvin and Brock.
Stacey ‘Hellkitten’ Conant