Jessie’s Story – No Pet Store Puppies Day

Ambassador Pit Bull Alliance volunteer Paul’s mother Barbara was asked to be a guest blogger in honor of No Pet Store Puppies Day July 21, 2016. Here’s her story.

By: Barbara SchmitzIMG_1873

Back in 1993, before awesome rescue groups with a great online presence, it wasn’t as easy as it is now to find a dog to rescue. But I put out the word, and soon I learned of a dog groomer who took in 20 dogs that were homeless after the puppy mill in which they lived was disbanded.

When I visited the groomer, I noticed something odd about this group of toy poodles. They were barking up a storm, but something didn’t sound right. I learned later that they had all been debarked, a common practice in puppy mills, done to keep the noise down. I noticed a little black and white girl off by herself, looking a little lost.

I took this little dog out for a little walk in the yard. Her head was down and her tail was teddybetween her legs. As she explored the yard, I saw one wag of her tail. A few minutes later, another. I was hooked, plain and simple. I took this little lost pup home, and we named her Jessie.

It’s true there are many dogs that live through unspeakable abuse and neglect that recover wonderfully. Such was not the case with Jessie. She was a good little dog, however she often seemed lost in her little world. I often wondered what horrors she lived through. But, she had a wonderful life with us, no doubt about it, and she became a beloved member of our family.  We were relieved when our vet explained her damaged voice box did not cause mollyher any discomfort. When asked why her bark sounded so different, it provided an opportunity for us to speak out against puppy mills.

At the age of 17, Jessie crossed the Rainbow Bridge. Heartbroken, I swore off dog ownership. It didn’t last long – we soon met and adopted our handsome red dog Teddy and a short while later, our blondie Molly. But it all started with Jessie, my “gateway dog”.

ASPCA – Find a Shelter: www.aspca.org/adopt-pet/find-shelter
Petfinder.com – www.petfinder.com/ 

Ambassador Pit Bull Alliance – www.ambassadorpitbulls.org/available-ambassadors

Meet APBA Volunteer Lawrence

The core of Ambassador Pit Bull Alliance is our volunteers. These are people with full-time Final_iconjobs, 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 July: Lawrence Tuitt

By Lawrence Tuitt

I have a ten year old pit bull named Saki who I’ve Lawrence & Sakihad since she was a puppy. She still has the energy to go on long walks & loves people. I have loved dogs since I was child.  I feel that dogs create communication bridges for human authenticity & balance.  The greatest example of this contribution is in their ability to bring happiness & comfort in a variety of challenging situations without words.  This requires both the human & dog to connect on the same wavelength. I have always been drawn to work with dogs.  So joining Ambassador Pit Bull Alliance was a clear decision after a search to find an organization balanced rescue with community outreach. Lawrence & Paul

The community outreach portion of the APBA mission allows me to directly contribute to human-dog balance. The Ambassadors in Motion Pack Walks bring humans & dogs alike together to move towards the same goals. I scout walk locations, usually Virginia state parks, with Saki. We look for nice wide paths, shaded areas along the walk, & of course, beautiful scenery. Once we find a good location we invite the community out for group walks. The walks can be anywhere between one & three miles long, moderate terrain, & all breeds & training levels are welcome.

 

By Sean Brennan, Susie Bruckschen, Michelle RiveraLawrence & MP

Lawrence’s initiative & leadership are key contributions to APBA’s success. The last “A” in APBA is “alliance” & Lawrence is a huge part is helping APBA align with other organizations in the area. He has an uncanny ability to help people at events who may be struggling with handling their own dogs. Just by giving them a gentle pointer or two on how to hold the leash differently he can change dog-handling stress into confidence & comfort. He is gifted in his ability to observe both human & dog body language. We are so lucky to have Lawrence a part of Ambassador Pit Bull Alliance & especially as a friend.

Meet APBA Volunteer Phuong

By: Sean Brennan, Susie Bruckschen,  Christina Jones, Michelle Rivera, Adrian Schmitz, Lawrence Tuitt, Kristie Wood, Jessie Zepeda

The 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 June: Phuong Ngo

Our Featured Event for June: Springfield PetFest Saturday June 4, 2016 from 9am-3pm

Phuong Ngo is Ambassador Pit Bull Alliance’s Events Coordinator and our featured Phuong 3volunteer for June! However, instead of writing her own biography, Phuong’s fellow APBA volunteers worked together to share their love and appreciation for who she is as a person and all that she does for the group.

When Phuong joined Ambassador Pit Bull Alliance she was highly respected for her connections and her organizational abilities. Little did we know that she would end up being the big old dollop of glue that holds us all together and keeps us out in the community. She knows everything there is to know about the history of the “breed” we all know and love so well. She and her girls are excellent ambassadors for pitties in general and for APBA in particular.

Phuong is highly passionate about pit bull Phuong 2advocacy and her energy and commitment for APBA is limitless. When she isn’t busy running APBA events she is supporting other rescue initiatives like Rescue Well and Project Mickey. She is artful and her dedication and resourcefulness are essential to the success of the rescue. Her compassion and drive is what makes her shine.

Phuong is a wonderful friend, a strong asset to the animal rescue community, & undeniably the heart of APBA.

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 contact@ambassadorpitbulls.org 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 michelle@ambassadorpitbulls.org 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.

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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!

 

Meet APBA Volunteer Kelsey

 

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 beginning this April, 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 April: Kelsey Marshall

Our Featured Event for April: Bartending for the Bullies April 20 at The Ashburn Pub

By: Kelsey Marshall

Hi! My name is Kelsey Marshall and I’ve been volunteering with APBA for the last year. I grew up in the area and am a GMU grad. While at GMU, I studied Sociology with a concentration in Social Change and Inequality so being an advocate for those who are Kelseydiscriminated against, whether human or animal, has always been a passion of mine. I never really knew the amount of discrimination pit bulls faced until about three years ago when my partner Jesse and I were looking to move in together to a new home with his 4 year old pit bull Fiona. We were turned down time and time again purely based off of the dogs breed. I was heartbroken that our sweet animal was being judged especially by complete strangers. Being an animal lover, this did not sit well with me and I began doing research: breed discrimination, petitions to end BSL, the incredible amount of pit bulls in shelters. I just had to get involved. Whether it was sharing an adoptable dog’s Facebook link, spreading the word to my friends who were looking to adopt, or adopting myself (we’ve since added two more beautiful pit bulls to our family—Pedro & Amelia). I was determined to try anything I could to help. I had just graduated and wanted to spend my free time giving back to the community and my friend Christina (a fellow APBA volunteer) suggested I look into volunteering for APBA as well. Best decision yet! I love the work that we do, the animals we get to meet and find homes for and the happy endings we’re able to be a part of. I think the program I’m the most interested in is the Pet Owner Support Program as we get to partner with local families on the struggles they’re facing being an owner of a pit bull and work to make recommendations to ensure the safety & happiness of both the family & the pup! To me, image1the best way to spread ABPA’s mission is to start with our local community which is why I wanted to partner with Kevin & The Ashburn Pub for the Bartending for Bullies fundraiser. The Pub is a local business with tons of people that make up my immediate community so where better to host a fundraiser? The Pub is notorious for hosting events that spread the word on so many great volunteer groups and our mission is definitely one that needs to be heard. The event will run from 7-9pm on April 20th and I’ll be guest bartending! Other APBA volunteers will be there to spread the word on our rescue and help sell raffle tickets. The raffle tickets will be for our awesome prizes that have been donated by some AMAZING local small businesses. A sneak peek at some of the prizes include: wine tastings, fitness classes, and salon gift cards. The Pub has also generously agreed to donate 10% of all food sales to APBA so if you’re with the family that evening, The Pub will be the perfect place to host your dinner! Hope to see you at one of our events soon.

 

Tidy Up for Your Pup: Spring Cleaning for Your Pets

By: E. Adrian Foster4371919184_4aa55a6ee2_z

With spring already beginning to show its bloom, it’s natural for us to begin thinking about spring cleaning, decluttering, and redecorating. However, don’t forget Fido’s Feng Shui! We’ve got some tips on how to keep your pup in mind while tidying up the house.

Spring Cleaning

We clean all our most visited spaces: bedrooms, living room, kitchen, bathrooms. But 4320811707_0a25ed41cb_zwhat about the spaces your dog visits most?

Dog Crate & Bed: Give your dog’s crate base a good wipe down and wash any blankets or beds inside. Most dog beds have a removable cover so take a look and see if there’s a way to unzip the it for easier washing. If not, consider purchasing one from Molly Mutt or making one with this tutorial from Fab You Bliss.

Food & Water Bowls: It’s extremely important to regularly wash your pet’s food and water bowls. Most pet bowls can go in the dishwasher on the top rack or you can hand wash them. It only takes a second and can prevent harmful bacteria and mold build up. NSF International, a public health organization, rated these little containers as the fourth dirtiest spot in our homes!

Poopy Yard: Yes, it’s gross, but cleaning up your pet’s droppings is essential to their health and the health of the environment. From Doody Calls Website:4948377552_d546e48059_z “According the EPA, dog waste is considered non-point source pollution along with herbicides and insecticides, oil, and grease. Roundworm is one of the most common parasites found in dog waste and it can remain infectious in contaminated soil for years.” Not a fan of scooping poop? Consider hiring a pet waste management company to visit your home regularly such as Doody Calls.

Decluttering

We all need to do it, even when we don’t want to. Decluttering isn’t just tossing things into the trash, finding a new home for unwanted items is a wonderful way to prevent contributing to landfills and giving old products new life!

Donate: Have any old e-collars, towels, blankets, or sheets? Make a tax deductible donation to a local animal shelter.

Pay It Forward: Dog toys, collars, leashes, and 6236610894_b72c902201_zun-expired food items might seem disposable to some people but to others they’re pricey items they wish they could provide their pets. Consider posting these items for free on Craigslist or on your local Freecycle group. You’ll be surprised how quickly they get picked up!

Recyclable Dog Bed: Got some old clothes not suitable for donating to Goodwill? Stuff a Molly Mutt dog bed or make your own dog bed case and stuff it with your old rags!

Redecorating

Sometimes all you need is a little change in scenery to brighten Purina Art Projectyour mood. Spruce up your walls and counter tops with these fun doggie art projects!

Make Art with Your Dog: Be sure to use pet safe, non-toxic paint when trying out these fun DIY pet projects!

Treat Your Eyes & Your Dog: Try making a beautiful, fun, new treat jar using this tutorial from My Dog Likes.

Brighten Up Your Walls: Making art not your thing? Consider purchasing original and unique art from Etsy.com artists.

Cleaning up after your pets is an easy way to improve their quality of life as well as yours.

What are your go-to pet clean-up projects? Share in the comments!

APBA’s Microchipping Program

By Michelle Rivera

I went from never owning a dog to having three within 8 months! I started out with a senior Yorkie who was full of spunk.  After only 5 months, I decided to get another dog but wasn’t sure what type until I fell in love with a pit bull named Max and let me tell you, I
wasn’t fully aware at how different pit bull owners were treated until I became one. The same people who would run and Michelle & Dogspick up my Yorkie Lola to cuddle were now crossing to the other side of the street when they saw Max.  I was blown away at how quickly I became an outcast amongst the same pet parents at the dog park that I was once friendly with. So I made it my mission to become an advocate for this awesome dog who is so intuitive to what I’m feeling and is nothing but a huge cuddle bug. I was so determined to be an advocate that I decided to get another pit bull but this time a puppy! I was in way over my head but she was just what we needed to complete our family. After having Brooklyn for just a week, the unthinkable happened, she bolted through my door as I was closing it and she was gone.  I looked for her everywhere and thankfully, she came home 15 hours later. I was so relieved but also completely unaware at how lucky I was that she managed to find her way back to her very new home because most pet owners aren’t so fortunate.

Since then, I’ve learned that 1 in 3 dogs will go missing in their lifetime and 90% of them never make it home. Pet owners can change this statistic and drastically improve the Home againchances of reuniting with their irreplaceable companions if they simply microchip their pets.  Unlike a collar, a microchip can’t be removed and will stay with your pet forever.  The chip is the size of a grain of rice that is injected subcutaneously and does not hurt or irritate your pet. No anesthesia or surgery needed.  Microchipping your pet is not a tracking device, it is a radio frequency identification device (RFID) that is easily scanned by any universal scanner. The scanner will reveal a unique number which is registered to your contact information so the finder can contact the owner. Over 6.5 million pets are enrolled with HomeAgain, a microchip database, which responsible for reuniting over a million lost pets with their families.

After my personal ordeal of having my beloved Brooklyn go missing, I have never been more adamant about microchipping. As a volunteer for Ambassador Pit Bull Alliance, not only do I get the amazing support on how to be the best dog owner I can be but I also get Michelles Dogsthe opportunity to share my story and advocate the importance of microchipping and how it could potentially save your dog’s life. APBA offers FREE microchipping for all pit bull type dogs and will gladly microchip all other dogs for a donation of $15. The process only takes about 5 minutes and can be done anywhere, no need to make an appointment at the vet.

Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to find out when we’re hosting events. We will have a microchipping station with us at most events so all you have to do is stop by!

 

Photographs courtesy of Jeanne Taylor Photography/Pet Portraits