START WITH YOUR OWN DOG:
See Responsible Pit Bull Ownership. These guidelines can be applied to dogs of any breed.
Contribute to population control through spay/neuter. Maintain your dog's health. Be a
polite and respectful neighbor.
VOLUNTEER WITH A LOCAL ANIMAL RESCUE ORGANIZATION:
Volunteering at already existing shelters/organizations that provide rescue and resources for animals is a good start. You can learn a ton from consistent exposure to animal care and rescue. An existing rescue likely has resources, has built relationships with important/relevant members of the community (law enforcement, animal control, veterinary clinics, etc.), and has procedures in place for effective and efficient rescue in the city. Rather than start from scratch, join an organization where your talents and ideas can be used to benefit animals in the community. There are several animal welfare organizations in Lubbock.
EDUCATE YOURSELF ON THE ISSUES:
Whether you are interested in Pit Bull welfare or animal welfare in general, educate yourself on the issues. Know some of the primary concerns/problems facing animal welfare: overpopulation, abandonment/relinquishment, insufficient budget to address issues, etc. You can find great information on trusted and reliable websites. Again, volunteering at an existing animal organization is a great way to see, first hand, the time and resources animal rescue demands.
Once you have educated yourself on issues important to you and animal welfare, advocate your position with friends, family, local authorities/government, and even on a national level. It is important to speak up about things that matter and change that needs to occur. Be polite, respectful, and present an intelligent argument/stance based on factual information when addressing your government representatives.
HANG IN THERE:
Animal welfare takes its toll. Our rescue alone receives in excess of 5 calls/inquiries daily about abandoned Pit Bulls. We cannot save them all. Thousands of dogs across the nation are euthanized daily because of overpopulation and lack of good homes. We all become discouraged and disheartened at the situation. DO WHAT IS IN YOUR POWER TO DO. Help where you can. Volunteer time and resources as you are able. Remember that each animal we help is one more that has found love and safety. Let us know if we can help!