“Parade-A-Bull” Event at the Monon Community Center to Celebrate Pit Bull Education Month


The Humane Society for Hamilton County (HSHC) has partnered with the Low Cost Spay Neuter Clinic, Inc., Carmel Clay Parks & Recreation and Pet Pals TV for Pit Bull Education Month.  During the month of March, the Low Cost Spay Neuter Clinic will be offering $20 spays and neuters of all bully breed dogs and HSHC will be focusing on education regarding the American Pit Bull Terrier’s history, characteristics and role in society today.

A family-friendly day of events to educate, dispel myths and celebrate the American Pit Bull Terrier is scheduled for Saturday, March 31st, 2012, at the Monon Community Center in Carmel.  The event will begin with the annual “Parade-A-Bull” Parade along the Monon Trail at 12PM. The parade grand marshal will be Nico, a former fighting dog who was rescued from a South Central Los Angeles shelter, and now resides in Broad Ripple.

“Pit bulls and bully breed-type dogs represent the largest portion of dogs entering, and dying, in U.S. shelters,” said executive director Rebecca Stevens. “We are committed to educating the community about the history of the American Pit Bull Terrier who has been a part of American culture for almost 200 years, not to mention a well-respected breed due to his strength, loyalty intelligence and love of people.  Our goal is to not only provide facts and figures that will dispel many of the myths about this horribly misunderstood breed, but to also encourage all aspects of responsible dog ownership regardless of breed,” says Stevens.

Bully breed owners – as well as owners of all dog breeds – are welcome and encouraged to bring their well-behaved, leashed pets out towalk in the parade.  Vendors will be there from 12:00 to 3:00 p.m., the Low Cost Spay Neuter Clinic will be offering discounted vaccines, and the Humane Society will be offering $20 microchipping.  The parade will be followed by a FREE seminar: The American Pit Bull Terrier: Fact Versus Fiction which will be facilitated by HSHC executive director Rebecca Stevens.

While the seminar is free, space is limited, so reservations are required. To register, call Jennifer Judd at (317) 219-3324 or email jjudd@hamiltonhumane.com

In celebration of Pit Bull Education Month, the Humane Society’s pit bulls and pit mixes will have reduced adoption fees of just $50 during the month of March which includes their spay/neuter, microchip, first round of vaccines, a free wellness exam, 30 days of pet health insurance and a free bag of food.

For more information about the Low Cost Spay Neuter Clinic’s $20 “bully breed” spay neuter program in March, visit www.lowcostclinic.org. For more information about the Parade-A-Bull event, visit www.paradeabull.com.

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