Hello and welcome to our brand new website. We have made the leap from our .com website over to a .org site to show our supporters that we are now a national 501c3 organization.
What does that mean for us? The switch means that we can now accept donations and they will be tax deductible along with now having the ability to apply for grants to allow us to continue growing as an organization, which allows us to have a greater reach to assist more families in their housing search.
We are really excited for what 2016 will bring for the organization. Our team of national volunteers continue to put in countless hours updating our housing database in order to provide more Pit Bull friendly rentals to those in need. We are also filling up our events calendar with events all over the country. We are excited to meet supporters of our work, educate new supporters, have critical conversations about myths and stigmas, and most of all help more families than ever before in 2016.
Speaking of families and our new website, you may be asking, “Shannon, why did you decide to launch Charlie Siren’s music video during your website launch?”
It’s simple. Family is what you make of it. My friends in Charlie Siren, are my family. They have supported the work of the organization in ways that are hands down amazing. We will be attending a few of their tour dates in April to show that the definition of family can also mean community. (More information to come)
Why do I do this work? Let me tell you about my family.
My family consists of my dog Wilbur and my cat Max (not pictured below). My family is not one that fits the mold but it’s mine. At this point the animals in my life along with friends and my parents and siblings make up what I call family. I think Lilo said it best in Lilo and Stitch, “Ohana means family. Family means no one gets left behind or forgotten.”
My family also includes the countless emails we receive from families searching for housing. Each story is heartbreaking. Each housing success story keeps us motivated to do more. The moment you hit that like button on Facebook, like a photo on instagram, share a post, send us an email, and/or stop and chat at an event, you become part of our family.
That is why I do this work with our amazing team of volunteers across the country. My family may not look like yours and yours may not look like mine, but we all have a love for the animals in our lives and often share the struggle of finding housing and facing discrimination based on the looks of those animals we call family. It’s a passion of mine and the mission of our organization, that one day families who have a Pit Bull or Pit Bull type dog, a dog in general, will be able to live wherever they would like free of discrimination.
Please join us in celebrating our 5th year anniversary through sharing our information with your friends and family, adding Pit Bull friendly housing to our database, and if possible, supporting us monetarily through a donation or through purchasing items in our store.
All of our proceeds allow us to continue to educate others about this misunderstood type of dog and most of all allows us to provide resources to families that are searching for Pit Bull friendly housing.