Meet APBA Volunteer Christina

Final_iconThe core of Ambassador Pit Bull Alliance is our volunteers. These are people with full-time jobs, families, and their own dogs but choose to donate their time to help spread APBA’s message when they can. Each volunteer has their own story so we’re featuring one Ambassador Pit Bull Alliance volunteer each month to highlight their connection to our cause. Thank you to our volunteers, for all you do!

Our Featured Volunteer for May: Christina Jones

Our Featured Event for May: Brown’s Manassas Subaru Adopt with Love Saturday May 21, 2016 from 10am-3pm


My name is Christina Jones and I joined Ambassador Pit Bull Alliance in April 2013. I’ve been an animal lover my entire life and growing up my family always had dogs. We had many different breeds – from Jack Russell Terriers to German Shepherds – all of whichAPBA-Cali-Newman were either shelter or rescue dogs. My parents taught me early on that it was better to save a shelter dog from being euthanized rather than buying one from the pet store and supporting a puppy mill. I never grew up thinking that one particular breed of dog was more “dangerous” than another. So when I rescued my first dog Newman in July 2012 with my husband Ryan, we honestly didn’t think twice about the fact that he was a pit bull type dog. It wasn’t until we started looking at places to rent that we realized how big of an “issue” having a pit bull was in regards to housing – this realization is what prompted us to get involved with APBA! We did eventually find a place to rent from a homeowner who allowed pit bull type dogs. In November 2013 we adopted Cali from APBA! Cali and Newman have become inseparable. They like to go on walks, play ball, ride in the car, stroll through the pet store and now that we own a home with a back yard they love to run around and explore all day long!
Sadly, there is so much misinformation spread by the media about pit bulls. However, being involved with an organization like APBA has helped to spread truthful information across various mediums and educate people about the true nature of the pit bull. In the last few years image1(1)alone, several states have put an end to breed-specific laws and more recently the FBI has added animal cruelty to its list of Class A felonies – the more people who get involved, the greater impact we will have to be a voice for the voiceless! One way I’ve vowed to help make a difference personally was to work on getting both Cali and Newman to pass the AKC Canine Good Citizen (CGC) Test. The Canine Good Citizen Program is a two-part program that stresses responsible pet ownership for owners and basic good manners for dogs. Newman became CGC certified in August 2014 and Cali will be taking her test this year!
For the past 6 years I have worked with the Brown’s Car Stores organization in marketing and advertising. Another way I’ve been working to help make a difference in the community was to connect Ambassador Pit Bull Alliance with Brown’s Manassas Subaru .Subaru for IG Knowing that Subaru as a brand is very dog friendly, I decided to organize an adoption event at our very own Subaru dealership in Manassas, VA! The 4th Annual Brown’s Manassas Subaru Adopt With Love Event will be held on Saturday May 21st featuring APBA and several other local animal rescue groups. At the event there will be a dog wash, free dog tag maker, food, drinks, music and a raffle! All proceeds from the raffle will go to the rescues and any donations received during the event will be matched up to $100 by Brown’s Manassas Subaru. Additionally, Brown’s Manassas Subaru will be donating a large bag of dog food to the rescues for each test drive taken on the day of the event! Hope to see you there!

May 2016 APBA Events

This May we have a wonderful variety of events all over the Northern Virginia area! Please SM rewardsemail or write on our Facebook wall if you have any questions about the events. Click on the links by each event to RSVP on Facebook and join the discussion. Looking forward to seeing you all there!

Social Media Rewards! If you attend an event, tag us on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram and use the hashtag #teamAPBA you’ll enter our monthly drawing for a FREE APBA t-shirt!


Sunday May 1 at 10:30am – Lake Ridge Park AIM Pack Walk 12371 Cotton Mill Dr. Woodbridge, VA 22192AIM 4.3.16 Occoquan

This AIM Walk is the perfect way to burn off your dog’s extra energy before Bark In the Park at Potomac Nationals Stadium. The AIM Walk location, Lake Ridge Park, is a short 10 minute drive to Potomac Nationals Stadium so if you plan to attend both events you’ll have plenty of time to get to the game. All breeds and training levels welcome! Great way to socialize your dog in a structured and judgement-free environment.Bark in the Park Logo

Sunday May 1 at 1pm – Bark in the Park  7 County Complex Ct. Woodbridge, VA 22192

Potomac Nationals vs Wilmington Blue Rocks baseball game. Bring your favorite 4-legged P-Nats fan out to the ballpark! All dogs are welcome to enjoy the game with their owners! Dogs (and owners) are also welcome to participate in a pre-game dog parade. Presented by Ambassador Pit Bull Alliance.

Saturday May 7 at 10am – Reston Pet Fiesta 1190 Market St. Reston, VA 20190pet fiesta

This outdoor festival brings together local businesses, animal rescue groups, and pet owners for an exciting day of activities, demonstrations, and animals galore. Meet adoptable animals looking for their forever homes and check out the latest pet products. Enjoy onstage entertainment, face painting, and caricature artists. Gather the kids and join us for a day of pets and fun for the whole family!

Saturday May 14 at 11am – Dog Days at Breaux Vineyards 3688 Breaux Vineyards Ln. Purceville, VA 20132

Join us for Breaux’s annual Dog Day celebration and bring your 4-legged friends for a day of fun at the vineyard. Live music by Steel & Oglevee from Breaux_Vineyards_logo12:30-4:30pm on the patio, wine tastings, and authentic Cajun fare for sale by The Cajun Experience, as well as several local rescue organizations, doggie-based vendors, and crafters on site for you to enjoy. There’s also a contest for all of your beautiful and talented pooches. No admission fee! *If you plan to bring your 4-legged friend they must be friendly, vaccinated, and on a leash at all times*

Saturday May 21 at 10am – Brown’s Manassas Subaru Adopt with Love 9018 Liberia Ave. SubaruManassas, VA 20110

The Brown’s Manassas Subaru Love a Pet Event gives the community an opportunity to meet wonderful adoptable dogs and cats looking for their forever homes. Bring your friends, family, and dogs for a day of wagging tails, food, drinks, music, prizes, and more!

Saturday May 28 at 11am – Unleashed by Petco Adoption Event  19800 Belmont Chase Dr. Ashburn, VA 20147

Come out to Unleashed by Petco Ashburn to meet our adoptable Ambassadors! Get your pit bull microchipped for FREE, other breeds $15 donation. Learn about our Pet Owner Support Program, Ambassadors in Motion Pack Walks, and learn about Fostering through APBA.

Lost Dog Awareness Day Event April 23-24

By E. Adrian Foster & Michelle Rivera

April 23 is Lost Dog Awareness Day where we bring attention to all lost dogs each year and celebrate the thousands of dogs that have been successfully reunited with their families.12932647_10154249875692784_683433820037806854_n

Ambassador Pit Bull Alliance is offering a Donate, Scan, Chip incentive to encourage dog owners to microchip their pets. Come out to our events Saturday April 23, 2016 at Pet Valu Springfield, VA from 12-3pm & Sunday April 24, 2016 at Pet Valu Chantilly, VA from 12-3pm and make a donation, get your dog scanned for a microchip, or get your dog microchipped and you’ll receive a free gift for being an awesome and responsible dog owner! It’s also National Pet Adoption Week and Pet Appreciation Month so please stop by Pet Valu Chantilly, VA anytime this month and buy a bandanna to help support our work.

Now back to losing dogs…

It’s a sensitive subject that is the “worst case scenario” and people just “don’t even want to think about it” but it’s important to ensure your pet is prepared for the day they get lost. No matter how careful we are, doors are left ajar while bringing in groceries, lawn gates unlock during a windy storm, and that jerk squirrel that’s been taunting your dog all spring seemed worth wiggling out of the leash and collar to go catch.Microchip 3.2016

The facts:

  • 1 in 3 pets go missing and without proper ID and unfortunately, 90% don’t come home.
  • Virtually all shelters and veterinarians are equipped to instantly read your pet’s microchip ID which contains your contact info.
  • Microchip company Home Again has reunited over 600,000 pets with their owners.

So dog poop happens, how can you prepare?

  • Keep a collar on your dog at all times with up-to-date contact tags.
  • Microchip your dog and keep the registered contact information up-to-date.
  • Be sure to have an recent full body photo of your dog for “lost dog” signs.

OK so now the worst has happened and your dog is lost, what do you do?

  • Post on local “lost dogs” social media pages, most shelters will repost personal lost dog postings.
  • Maintain a base where you lost your pet, keep your scent in the area strong!

It’s important to remember that not all stray dogs Home againare feral, some can be missing dogs unsure of how to get home. If you find a dog who looks lost, contact your local humane society or animal control officer. Share the dog’s photo and description on social media which has been an extremely effective tool in reuniting dogs with their families.

Ambassador Pit Bull Alliance will repost any “missing/lost dog” posts from the Washington DC, Maryland, and Virginia areas so “like” our Facebook page and follow us on Twitter and Instagram. APBA also microchips pit bulls for free and other dog breeds for a $15 donation (Virginia microchipping average cost is $30).

Please email if you have any questions about microchipping.

Barking Breweries

By: E. Adrian FosterRita Bud

Ambassador Pit Bull Alliance is hosting Bartending for the Bullies a fundraiser at The Ashburn Pub in Ashburn, VA on Wednesday April 20, 2016 at 7pm. The event includes door prizes, raffle items from local businesses, guest bartender APBA volunteer Kelsey, and pit bull lovers galore! In honor of this fundraising event, each week leading up to the event, we’re highlighting local dog-inspired breweries and wineries!

Beer probably isn’t the first thing that comes to mind when you think of the mid-Atlantic but Maryland and Virginia are trying to change your mind by winning your heart with their dog-inspired breweries.


Beer Hound Brewery All of the Beer Hound beers are named after famous hounds in movies and history, with an attempt to link the beer style to the hound. Beer Hound  Brewery serves a variety of beer styles fresh daily, so stop by and enjoy a pint! Currently, Beer Hound beer is only available at the brewery and in local Culpeper Max Bartendingand Warrington restaurants, take a trip out there to try them! 201 Waters Pl. #102 Culpeper, VA 22701

Wild Wolf Brewing Company Mary Wolf and her son Danny renovated a 100 year old Nelson County schoolhouse into a restaurant, built an adjacent brewery, and began the story of Wild Wolf Brewing Company. Wild Wolf distributes their six year-round beers and over a dozen rotating and seasonal beers throughout the entire state of Virginia and Washington, DC. 2461 Rockfish Valley Hwy. Nellysford, VA 22958

Blue Lab Brewing Company Bill Hamilton and Tom Lovell turned a hobby into a business when they opened Blue Lab Brewing Company to brew craft beers for their community. They offer five standard brews year-round and they have unique seasonal specials. Currently, Blue Lab brews can only be found at the brewery and in the Lexington area but who doesn’t love a long weekend in Charlottesville?! 123 South Randolph St. Lexington, VA 24450

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Flying Dog Brewery As one of the more popular local breweries, Flying Dog’s story is as interesting as its name. Check out their website for the full adventure. They have 13 year-round beers, 13 seasonal styles, and six limited edition brews. You can likely find Flying Dog at your local beer store but make a visit to the Flying Dog Brewery in Frederick if you can! 4607 Wedgewood Blvd. Frederick, MD 21703

Not Local But Honorable Mention

Lagunitas Brewing Company Okay, so Lagunitas is brewed in Petaluma, California BUT we have to mention them because they have an adorable pit bull on their label! Lagunitas hoped that the loyalty of man’s best friend would resonate with customers and translate to loyalty to the Final_iconbrand. All we have to say is: SOLD!

We don’t want to leave our best friends out! Here are two non-carbonated dog beers so you can both enjoy a cold one at the end of a long walk.

Bowser Beer

Dawg Grog


Don’t forget to join us for Bartending for the Bullies a fundraiser at The Ashburn Pub in Ashburn, VA on Wednesday April 20, 2016 at 7pm!