PFPB raises funds through sales of our exclusive merchandise, hosted events, auctions of donated art work, and donations from our thousands of fans.
As PFPB is a registered 501c3 not-for-profit organization, all of the money raised returns directly to the cause. Our tax returns and accounting are transparent, and everything we do is accomplished with the dogs in mind.
Our funds are utilized in many different ways:
First and foremost, we are a group of humane educators. PFPB works alongside dog trainers, behaviorists, rescue organizations, and other animal welfare groups to obtain only the most recent, well researched information possible. Funds are used to create educational materials, train our staff of volunteers, and host educational seminars and programs for the public. PFPB believes that education is the key to combat breed discrimination, animal cruelty, and pet over-population. In its most recent collaboration with Kansas-based Game Dog Guardian, PFPB has created a new and cutting-edge set of educational materials and quick fact guides that will help any dog owner or animal lover effectively and logically defend their companions against breed discriminatory laws that threaten their cities and towns. With Game Dog Guardian’s help, PFPB hopes to enter schools and city parks to educate about proper dog ownership and humane treatment of animals in order to reduce abuse and animal fighting nationwide.
PFPB also directly helps dogs in need. Most recently, PFPB’s Little Darling was on the front lines of the Winslow Township dog hoarding bust, helping humane law officers handle, treat, and re-home over thirty pit-bull type dogs seized from one property. PFPB has also assisted in numerous emergency rescue situations, pulling dogs from high-kill shelters, and sponsoring others that rescuers could reach them in time.
We believe that all dogs can be rehabilitated, and all dogs deserve a chance. PFPB has sponsored the health care and veterinary bills for countless dogs over the years, including victims of severe cruelty Willie and Kate who suffered axe wounds to the skull before they were rescued, and Leonidas the Brave, a puppy who was dangled over a fence as bait for fighting dogs, losing two of his limbs. PFPB will support any rescue organization or shelter that is pit-bull type dog friendly, practices humane training methods, and believes that each life is worthy of its time. PFPB supports positive reinforcement training, smart dog handling methods, and an overall sense of proper dog ownership.
We work with Drayton Michaels, CTC and highly recommend him for your dog training needs. He can assist you via home consults and/or in-person training. Visit his website at http://www.pitbullguru.com/
Partnering with other humane educators such as the star of Animal Planet’s Pit Boss Luigi “Shorty” Rossi and author of the bestselling book Oogy: the Dog Only a Family Could Love Larry Levin, PFPB raises awareness for the plight facing pit-bull type dogs and shelter dogs in the world today. Through its efforts to garner positive media attention and draw crowds at its events across the country, PFPB hopes that every person that they can reach with their message will embrace it, share it, and help to change the current status for pit-bull type dogs around the world.
Fight Fiction with FACTS: Deirdre Franklin’s Master’s Thesis (Case Study) on Breed Specific Legislation is now available online on the HSUS Animal Studies Repository.
The research performed provided several insights and outcomes that were anticipated in the research question. By analyzing the effects of breed specific legislation (BSL) and the statistics relative to dog bites, dog shelters and rescue groups, it became clear that the BSL does not work. This case study provides extensive proof to support this conclusion.
Franklin, Deirdre S., “Public Policy: Community Safety Through Breed Bans?” (2013). Animals and Public Policy. 1.
Read it here.
The Pet Professional Guild OPPOSES Breed Specific Legislation. Read their Position Statement here. Read what the experts say here.
10 Myths About Pit Bulls Debunked by Deirdre Franklin & Linda Lombardi on People.com
All dogs are special, but living with a pit bull really is different. While they’re incredibly popular, they also have a reputation that makes many fear them. Pit bull owners know how loyal and lovable their dogs are, but they can be affected by unfair laws and policies. In The Pit Bull Life you’ll learn the history of this category of dog and what you can do to help secure its present and future. You’ll also get information about how to find a good match and read inspiring stories of people who’ve devoted their lives to this special dog. In an effort to clear the pit bull name, the authors of The Pit Bull Life debunked 10 popular pit bull myths for PEOPLE.
Read the whole piece here.
Fostering Article by Linda Lombardi featuring Carrie Santiago, Our 2016 Pin-Up in Associated Press:
Ask anyone who fosters dogs and they’ll tell you that everyone says it.
“I hear it almost every time I adopt out a dog: ‘I don’t know how you do this, I wouldn’t be able to let them go,'” says Anne Auditore of Richmond, Virginia, intake coordinator for Mid-Atlantic Pug Rescue. But many people who foster dogs have pretty much the same reply: Sure, you sometimes feel that way — but not as much as you might think. Says Auditore, “You can love them all, but they’re still not a good fit for your family.”
The kids wouldn’t be able to stand it, though, right? Forming an attachment and then saying goodbye?
In fact, in Denise Dunn’s case, fostering was her daughter’s idea.
“We had the dog for one day and she was all, ‘We can never give this dog back,'” says Dunn, who fosters for the Southside SPCA in Virginia. “However, after several days, she came to her senses and realized we were not looking for another member of our family, we’re looking to help find this dog a home.”
OK, so maybe the kids are good with it, but what about the dog you already have?
First impressions are important. “You have to understand that each animal is going to change the dynamic of your household in a different way,” says Carrie Santiago of Santa Rosa Beach, Florida, who fosters for The Southern Dog. “I always introduce them in a neutral area. I don’t bring a dog into my home and say, ‘Have a free-for-all.'”
These Pretty Ladies Would Like To Talk To You About Pit Bulls: By Arin Greenwood of Huffington Post
Hey sailor, would you like to talk about why laws that ban or otherwise restrict the ownership of pit bulls aren’t an effective way to promote public safety?
Deirdre Franklin has been combining her interests in slinky retro fashion and blocky headed dogs for about a decade now.
The founder of Pinups for Pitbulls, Franklin is a burlesque performer going by the stage name “Little Darling.” She got involved in the dog cause while volunteering as a teenager at a Philadelphia animal shelter that had a policy of putting down every pit that came through its doors.
After one especially heartbreaking euthanasia, she sought out a pit bull of her own, and came to adopt a pup named Carla Lou from a Texas rescue group who shipped the dog even though Franklin was so young and far away. Read more here.
Recent Dog Bite Research by National Canine Research Council in JAVMA:
A COMPREHENSIVE STUDY USING A NEW APPROACH
In December, 2013, The Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association (JAVMA) published the most comprehensive multifactorial study of dog bite-related fatalities (DBRFs) to be completed since the subject was first studied in the 1970’s.1 It is based on investigative techniques not previously employed in dog bite or DBRF studies and identified a significant co- occurrence of multiple potentially preventable factors. Read the rest of the article here.
Homeowners Insurance for Dog Lovers
You’ve asked us for a “cheat sheet” on dog friendly homeowner insurance companies. We listened! The following PDF is available for download and is chock full of great insurance companies that do not discriminate based on “breed.” Some even give back to dog rescue! Feel free to share! Insurance Companies
PFPB & The Pit Bull Guru (Drayton Michaels)
Check out our Dog Training FAQ that was compiled by our dear friend and trusted partner in the betterment of the human-canine bond.
PFPB & Game Dog Guardian
Since 2005, Pinups for Pitbulls has worked to educate the public about the history and temperament of the American Pit Bull Terrier, and to raise awareness about breed specific legislation and breed discriminatory policies. Game Dog Guardian is a steward not only of dogs, but also of people, ideas, liberty, community, critical thinking, and equality. Sharing a similar vision, Pinups for Pitbulls teamed up with Game Dog Guardian to create a nexus of community outreach and education tofurther their mission. Read more