Friday, October 29, 2010

It's Time to Vote! PBRC's 5th Annual Howl-o-ween Photo Contest!

PBRC's 5th Annual Howl-o-ween Photo Contest!

The canines in costume are all lined up and ready for your votes! Which costume is your favorite? Visit the Halloween Hound Gallery to view all the photographs and place your vote.

Click on the arrow to start the slideshow, then send an email to that identifies the corresponding number of your favorite photograph.

Voting begins at 12:00 am (EST) on Thursday, October 28. Be sure to wait until midnight: Votes will not be valid until the clock strikes midnight.

Votes will be accepted until 9pm (EST) Saturday, October 30. Only 1 vote per person/email address.

The three photos with the most votes will be announced and posted on Halloween, Sunday, October 31.

Prize winners will be contacted by email.

Thank you for your participation!

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Halloween Safety Tips from the ASPCA

No Scaredy Cats This Halloween: Top 10 Safety Tips for Pet Parents

Halloween Pumpkin

Attention, animal lovers, it's almost the spookiest night of the year! The ASPCA recommends taking some common sense precautions this Halloween to keep you and your pet saying "trick or treat!" all the way to November 1.

1. No tricks, no treats: That bowl of candy is for trick-or-treaters, not for Scruffy and Fluffy. Chocolate in all forms—especially dark or baking chocolate—can be very dangerous for dogs and cats. Candies containing the artificial sweetener xylitol can also cause problems. If you do suspect your pet has ingested something toxic, please call your veterinarian or the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center at (888) 426-4435.

2. Popular Halloween plants such as pumpkins and decorative corn are considered to be relatively nontoxic, but they can produce stomach upset in pets who nibble on them.

3. Wires and cords from electric lights and other decorations should be kept out of reach of your pets. If chewed, your pet might suffer cuts or burns, or receive a possibly life-threatening electrical shock.

4. A carved pumpkin certainly is festive, but do exercise caution if you choose to add a candle. Pets can easily knock a lit pumpkin over and cause a fire. Curious kittens especially run the risk of getting burned or singed by candle flames.

5. Dress-up can be a big mess-up for some pets. Please don't put your dog or cat in a costume UNLESS you know he or she loves it (yup, a few pets are real hams!). For pets who prefer their “birthday suits,” however, wearing a costume may cause undue stress.

6. If you do dress up your pet, make sure the costume isn't annoying or unsafe. It should not constrict the animal's movement or hearing, or impede his ability to breathe, bark or meow. Also, be sure to try on costumes before the big night. If your pet seems distressed, allergic or shows abnormal behavior, consider letting him go au naturale or donning a festive bandana.

7. Take a closer look at your pet’s costume and make sure it does not have small, dangling or easily chewed-off pieces that he could choke on. Also, ill-fitting outfits can get twisted on external objects or your pet, leading to injury.

8. All but the most social dogs and cats should be kept in a separate room away from the front door during peak trick-or-treating hours. Too many strangers can be scary and stressful for pets.

9. When opening the door for trick-or-treaters, take care that your cat or dog doesn't dart outside.

10. IDs, please! Always make sure your dog or cat has proper identification. If for any reason your pet escapes and becomes lost, a collar and tags and/or a microchip can be a lifesaver, increaing the chances that he or she will be returned to you

Thursday, October 21, 2010

PBRC's 5th Annual Howl-o-ween Photo Contest!

According to legend, if the flame of a candle turns blue on Halloween night, a ghost is near. But in the weeks before Halloween, if a room suddenly flashes white, that means a pit bull is looking adorable in a Halloween costume and its owner has broken out the camera!

So what will your pit bull be for Halloween? A rock star? A politician? Another animal or insect? A ghost or goblin? A household appliance? Be sure to snap a photo and send it to us.

PBRC invites you to submit photos to our 5th Annual Howl-o-ween Photo Contest.

Please submit your photos no later than 11:59 pm EST on October 27, 2010.

Voting begins October 28, 2010.

We will announce the winners on October 31, 2010.

Prizes will be awarded to the first, second and third place winners on Halloween!

Submission rules:
  • Submit only one photo per dog only.
  • Include your name, your dog's name and your e-mail address.
  • Contest is limited to photos of pit bull dogs.
  • Send your photos to
Voting begins once all pictures submitted on time are uploaded to the Halloween Hound Gallery.

Need inspiration?
Click here to see the 2009 contest winners and contestants!

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

National "I Own a Pit Bull" Day!

PBRC Invites and Encourages You to Go Public on National "I Own a Pit Bull" Day!

October 23, 2010

National "I Own a Pit Bull" Day
is a day to use the power of words and s
ocial media to declare ownership of pit bulls to acquaintances and strangers with the intent to promote pit bull ownership as something that is done by average, everyday, and extraordinary people.

So on October 23, 2010, let's make National Pit Bull Awareness Day a day where we stand up as proud and responsible pit bull owners.

Why Go Public As a Pit Bull Owner?

Even though it has been proven over and over again that Breed Specific Legislation doesn't work, local governments still attempt to introduce it into their communities.
  • Journalists rarely report on a dog attack unless the animal was identified as "pit bull"
  • Shelters are overpopulated with pit bulls.
  • Let's dispel the myths and stereotypes and show our community that we are conscientious pit bull owners and not who the media paints us to be.
Use your Facebook status. On October 23, create a status update that lets everyone know that you own a pit bull, along with another detail about yourself, be it mundane, marvelous, miraculous, or mediocre. Some ideas:
  • I own a pit bull and I love country music.
  • I own a pit bull and I am allergic to peanuts.
  • I own a pit bull and I have two mortgages.
  • I own a pit bull and I vote Green Party.
  • I own a pit bull and I am a cancer survivor.
  • I own a pit bull and I need coffee to get going in the morning.
Distribute "I own a pitbull..." business cards. Using the status from above, fill in these easy-to-print business cards, click here to download PDF, and distribute them to the people who might not know that you are a proud owner. Give one to your coworkers, gas station attendant, grocery store clerk, yoga instructor, bank teller, hairdresser, English teacher, doctor, taxi driver, subway seatmate, or anyone else.

Have fun!

Wednesday, October 6, 2010


You’ve got choices to make this year! This year PBRC is presenting two beautiful full-color, saddle stitched, 12-month calendars featuring rescued pit bulls!

PBRC offers their special addition 2011 People's Choice Pit Bull Calendar features your photos, your votes and your winners!

Along with that PBRC is offering their traditional 2011 Happy Endings Calendar featuring rescued pit bulls in their adoptive homes.

For the month of October PBRC will
be taking pre-orders. The 2011 calendars will officially go on sale in November.

Reserve your calendar now!

Proceeds from calendar sales go directly to PBRC.

PBRC Fundraising