I’d like to be the first to welcome you to the website and blog of Wallace the Pit Bull Foundation! I’m very excited to be writing this post, because it means that a new chapter of our journey is ready to begin. Another chapter inspired by the incredible dogs and people we’ve met, while we watched Wallace and Hector positively affect the lives of so many others.
For those who aren’t familiar with Wallace and Hector, I invite you to read more about them in the About section of the website. Those who know them know they have both passed away. In many ways, it’s been challenging moving forward without them. However the lessons that we’ve learned over the years will allow us to make better decisions as we continue to save dogs and help people. Being pit bulls, Wallace and Hector faced a lot of negativity head on, but they overcame all of it. Their lives speak for themselves. And while it’s heartbreaking to lose them, the fact that they deserved to live, and we as their owners did not deserve to be discriminated against for helping them, was solidified the moment they passed away.
We’ve made a lot of progress over the years regarding the discrimination that surrounds the dogs, but we’re not done yet. We will tirelessly pursue our mission of improving the lives of dogs and the people who care for them because we know there are still too many dogs being killed simply because of misperceptions. There are still too many dogs living in our society who are abused or neglected. There are still too many good people that simply don’t have the means to care for their dogs properly. There are still too many families being discriminated against for no good reason. It’s not right, and we need to continue to protect ourselves, help each other, and help the dogs who can’t defend themselves through words. I do recognize there are rare but tragic incidents that occur as a result of dog attacks, and I believe that we should do what we can to minimize these situations. However, I believe we should be concerned with all bites from all types of dogs, and I don’t believe that innocent dogs and innocent people should take the blame for situations in which they were not even involved. I hope you’ll join me as we continue to change the conversation in order to find solutions together, rather than perpetuate a divide due to fear and hate.
As I was figuring out how best to tackle our mission, I stepped back and asked myself what needs are not being fulfilled, and to which of those needs would we best be able to contribute? I believe there is a lot of misinformation regarding training, handling, behavior, etc, of the dogs themselves. Considering our success with Wallace, Hector, and all the other dogs we’ve helped over the years, I think it’s important for us to share how we handle these topics. Words are great, but instead of just telling you, how much better would it be if we could show you? That’s why Wallace the Pit Bull Foundation is looking to operate out of a facility where we would be able to help more dogs. This would also allow us to share information through video, which would help many of you in your efforts as well. We hope to have your support as we fundraise to make that happen. All it takes is $7, and you can make a difference through the Hector Fund!
We know that there are a lot of other great people and organizations doing amazing work as well. Unfortunately many of them don’t always have the funds to operate to the best of their ability. To help with this issue, we’ll be continuing our WOD for Dogs fundraiser that reaches an entirely new group of people outside of the typical dog people circles – the CrossFit community. We have tested this campaign with awesome results, and it has allowed Wallace the Pit Bull Foundation to donate to organizations backed by good people that we know are making a huge positive impact within their communities! It also connects CrossFit gyms with local organizations, and I can’t wait to start promoting it on a larger scale. So, if you know of anybody that does CrossFit, make sure you let them know about Wallace the Pit Bull’s WOD for Dogs!
We’re going to be dealing with serious topics, but we’re going to have some fun along the way as well! Each week, our team of bloggers will be highlighting good dogs and their good humans. (You know, the ones who never made the news because they never did anything bad.) We’ll continue to share our adventures and let you in on our #conversationswithafosterdog, amongst other things. So please explore the new website, and I look forward to improving the lives of dogs and the people who care for them together.
President/Founder, Wallace the Pit Bull Foundation