Shelter open house to celebrate pit bulls

"Pit Bulls Aren’t Spooky" is the theme of a Saturday event at the Nancy J. Brua Animal Care Center in Sierra Vista. October is Pit Bull Awareness Month.

SIERRA VISTA — Folks interested in adopting a furry friend to take along trick-or-treating this year can check out the Nancy J. Brua Animal Care Center on Saturday, which will be holding a “Pit Bulls Aren’t Spooky” event in honor of Pit Bull Awareness Month.

“The last day of October is Pit Bull Awareness Day, so we take advantage of that celebration as good excuse to celebrate pit bull,” said Arleen Garcia, senior animal control officer and shelter supervisor.

The shelter currently has approximately 13 pit bulls, she said.

“As you know, pit bulls do collect quite a bit at our shelter. They're commonly turned in, and they’re the last ones to be adopted because people still have misconceptions of how pit bulls are.

“Some people are still afraid of them, and so they’re just harder to adopt.”

The open house on Saturday will dispel those myths. A dog trainer will be on hand to answer questions, and Miss Sierra Vista Jennifer Westbrook will set up posters with fun facts about pit bulls along a path where people can walk the dogs and learn about the breed.

“They’re $50 to adopt, instead of $75,” said Garcia. “And we also have a Halloween-themed photo booth, so people are welcomed to bring their pets dressed up in costume. We will have a few customers available as well, and they can get their pictures taken.”

Proceeds from the photo booth donations will go toward the shelter’s new trailer, which will be used for adoption events, transportations and vaccinations for all shelters and rescues in the area, said Garcia.

The shelter will also be selling raffle tickets for the trailer project, she said.

Folks who pick up a pittie of their own — or who are interested in doing so in the future — can also attend the shelter’s “Merry Pitmas” pit bull educational seminar on Dec, 9, said Garcia.

“I think people should consider just giving them a chance and help prove that they are not what people think,” she said. “Help break that misconception. Help improve their reputation, because they are good dogs.”

What: Pit Bulls Aren’t Spooky Open House

Where: 6799 E. Hwy. 90, Sierra Vista

When: Saturday, noon to 5 p.m.

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