Thursday, March 21, 2013

Pit Bull Rescue Central's 8th annual "I Pittie, The Fool" photo contest!

Are you entertained by your bully buddy's antics? Is your canine companion a constant comic cut-up? It's time for Pit Bull Rescue Central's 8th annual "I Pittie, The Fool" photo contest!

Share those silly moments with everyone by submitting a photo to our contest!

To enter your playful pooch in our contest, send your photo, the dog's name, your name, and your email address to Once all pictures are received, the winning photos will be selected by PBRC volunteers. The owners with the best fool of a pit bull will win prizes from PBRC! There will be a first, second and third place winner.

Please submit your photos no later than March 27, 2013 (12:00 Midnight EST). Multiple entries are welcome, but please submit only one photo per dog. And please remember: safety first when snapping those silly pics!

Mark your calendars:
Deadline for photos: Wednesday, March 27 (12:00 Midnight EST)
Voting by PBRC volunteers: Sunday, March 31st

The I Pittie, The Fool winner announced: Monday, April 1

Good luck, and may your hilarious hound win!

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Keeping Military Families Intact—Including the Pets!

Because the military lifestyle can involve frequent uprooting and transferring from one state—or country—to another, one might assume that keeping a dog in those circumstances is counterintuitive. Relocation costs can be expensive—thousands of dollars, in some cases—and the US military does not cover expenses for relocating family pets.

But dog ownership offers countless therapeutic benefits and having to give up a beloved family pet—particularly if the reason is related to budget—can be devastating. To help keep military families intact—including the furry ones—the international arm of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) has launched Operation Military Pets. Individuals serving in all military branches, and relocating within the United States or anywhere in the world, are welcome to apply for Operation Military Pets grants to help offset the costs of bringing their pets with them.

There has been a tremendous response since its February 2013 launch, says Stephanie Scott, SPCA International’s Director of Communications, who notes that in one month, there have been almost 40 requests for help and the group has already begun disbursing financial aid.

Although the military enacted in 2009 a rule that “aggressive or potentially aggressive” dogs, including pit bulls, are not allowed in US military bases, Operation Military Pets offers assistance to anyone serving in the military, whether they live on or off base; thus, there are no breed restrictions for eligibility. Those forced to live off base because of their dog’s breed may need the most help, in fact. “We understand that off-base housing is more costly and just one more example of why our animal-loving military personnel are forced to shoulder a heavier burden as they are relocated,” Scott says.

Visit Operation Military Pets for more information about the program—including how it got started—and to find out how you can support this important program. As Scott says, "With so many families facing transportation costs of thousands of dollars, we need the public's support to ensure we can help every single military family that needs it."