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Why Pit Bulls?

They're known by many names: Pit Bull, American Pit Bull Terrier, Bull Terrier, American Staffordshire Terrier, Staffordshire Bull Terrier...and the list goes on. “Pit Bull” isn’t actually even a breed – rather, it is a description for a number of “pit bull-type dogs” who share certain common traits. Unfortunately, “Pit Bulls” are most known for a reputation that is largely undeserved, unearned, and untrue.

It’s not newsworthy to do a story about the countless Pit Bulls who are loyal, loving, intelligent, and comical family dogs. Nor is it sensational to show how they can be effective therapy, bomb and drug detection, and search & rescue dogs. Pit Bulls in the news are only there because they have bitten a child, were shot after attacking a police officer, or were victims of a vicious and cruel dog-fighting ring.

This negative representation of the “breed” as a whole is no more accurate than to declare that all teenagers are bad because a very small percentage have been expelled from school. Pit Bulls are not bloodthirsty killers. They are highly intelligent, loyal, and strong, and some bad people with bad motives exploit these positive traits to train them to do bad things.

A nationally recognized temperament test has been developed and is administered by a not-for-profit organization whose mission is the promotion of a uniform temperament evaluation for purebred and spayed/neutered mixed-breed dogs.

On average, Pit Bulls have an 85-92% passage rate of this temperament test. Pit Bulls consistently score higher than Beagles, Border Collies, Chihuahuas, Cocker Spaniels, Dalmatians, German Shepherds, Golden Retrievers, Malteses, Old English Sheepdogs, Saint Bernards, Shih Tzus, Poodles, and Yorkshire Terriers.

However, because of irresponsible breeding and public misconception, more than 80% of Pit Bulls in shelters are euthanized, and typically only 1 in 600 Pit Bulls finds a loving home.

Only one in six hundred.


Why Out of the Pits?

Out of the Pits is a not-for-profit organization based in Albany, NY. Since 1994, Out of the Pits has been working tirelessly to rescue and find appropriate “fur-ever” homes for abused and abandoned Pit Bulls. They also offer training and support to frustrated Pit Bull owners to prevent them from abandoning their pets or dropping them at a shelter.

But they don’t stop there. In addition to this veritable life or death work, Out of the Pits educates the public about these misunderstood dogs, provides free and low cost spay/neuter clinics (called "Fix-a-Bull"), serves as a resource for shelters and Pit Bull rescue groups, and promotes positive media coverage of Pit Bulls.


Who are we?

Team “No Excuses” consists of Courtney, Karen, and Carolyn. Karen grew up in the Albany, NY area and now lives in Tarrytown with Jessie, a rescued Pit Bull. Courtney also lives in Tarrytown with Murphy, a Golden Retriever. Jessie and Murphy have the same dog walker and became fast friends, which is how Courtney and Karen met (they also became fast friends). Carolyn, Karen’s mom and a long-time resident of Guilderland, a suburb of Albany, recently retired and even more recently moved to Strafford, NH.

Together, they have assembled a relay team for the Pine Bush Triathlon in Guilderland on July 11, 2010. This race begins with a 325 yard swim in Albany’s Rensselaer Lake, then an 11.5 mile bike ride, and then a 3.25 mile run that ends at the Guilderland YMCA.

In addition to being eligible for the highest combined team age (124, although none of us will disclose the breakdown), each teammate is entering this race facing some personal challenges. Courtney, the team biker, is recovering from a recent major surgery. Carolyn, the team runner, is participating in her first organized race and is training for a distance that will be a physical and mental test of endurance. Karen, the team swimmer, has an almost paralyzing fear of swimming in anything without a clear, sandy bottom or a tiled lane line.

All of these obstacles seem insignificant when compared with this heartbreaking reality: Pit Bulls make up only 5% of the total US dog population, but they account for approximately 60% of the dogs in shelters. Nearly one million of them are needlessly euthanized every year.


We need your help!

In the time it will take us to complete the race, approximately 350 Pit Bulls will be euthanized across the US because of irresponsible breeding and ownership. We’re not racing to win. We’re racing to save the lives of these intelligent and affectionate dogs by raising money to help Out of the Pits continue their important work.

To date, Out of the Pits has successfully found “fur-ever” homes for over 1,000 Pit Bulls, and has prevented many more from ending up in shelters to face almost certain death. But they can't do it alone. They receive approximately 1,000 requests per week to take unwanted Pit Bulls. They rely on caring and generous people - people like you - to be able to continue their rescue efforts and providing their important programs and services.

Please consider making a tax-deductible donation of any amount. With your support, countless dogs – dogs just like Jessie – will be saved from a tragic and unnecessary death.

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