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Love-A-Bull, Inc.

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Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animal Training, Animals

Mission: The mission of Love-A-Bull is to promote responsible guardianship and improve the image and lives of pit bull type dogs through community support, education, advocacy, and rescue.

Target demographics: Educate and Advocate on behalf of pit bull type dogs

Direct beneficiaries per year: 50 dog owners with free vaccinations, micro-chipping, spay/neuter and food of their pups during or first Chloe's Clinic; we adopted out 13 dogs into forever homes; added 5 new teams to our Pit Crew Therapy Dog program; 13 owners with spay/neuters and 15 pups needing vaccinations, heartworm, flea and tick preventatives.

Geographic areas served: Austin and surrounding cities

Programs: The Pit Crew Therapy Dog Program, FREE Obedience Dog Training, Meetup.com, Canine Good Citizenship, Education & Outreach, Volunteer, Foster, Dog Walkers/Runners

Community Stories

15 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Love-a-Bull is doing amazing work in breaking down barriers and misunderstandings involving pit bull type dogs. While there are some breeds that were bred for fighting and attacking strangers/wild boars, pit bulls are not one of these dogs. Love-a-Bull is doing amazing advocacy work for the thousands of innocent pit bull terriers worldwide so that they are not discriminated against simply by the way they look due to wide-spread fear-mongering. There is so much work left to do, and I am proud to help and make any difference I can.

Former staff

Rating: 1

This organization is all talk and no action. They do what they do just for self glory and rarely help any animals in the process. So much misappropriation of funds and terrible treatment of volunteers. So many good animal rescue organizations in Austin and this is not one if them. Stear clear of LAB.

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Love-A-Bull 11/07/2015

We are sorry to hear that you were displeased with our organization, but we are aware that a rescue and advocacy organization is not he best fit for everyone. Misappropriation of funds is a serious accusation that we do not take lightly. Public records of our monetary expenses and allocation of those expenses would directly refute such an allegation. To date we have adopted out over 350 pit bull type dogs, many of which we have pulled from local shelters, such as AAC and rural shelters that have little to no medical funding, such as the Lampasas shelter and the Marble Falls shelter from which we pulled Chariot, who is a special needs pup. Outside of shelters we have rescued dogs who have spent their lives on a chain and worked side by side with the HSUS to rescue dogs from multiple fight busts. We're sorry you were not able to see the wonderful affects that our organization has not only in the lives of the dogs we rescue, but also in the lives of those volunteers, fosters, adopters and community members who work side by side with us because they support and believe in our mission. We wish you luck in your future endeavors of working with other rescue and advocacy organizations!

Shari17

Client Served

Rating: 5

Great organization with responsible, caring education for both pit owners and non-owners. Excellent basic training incentive and therapy dog program.

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Love-A-Bull 11/07/2015

Thank you so much! We are so glad we get to help our community through the multiple programs that our awesome supporters help us keep running.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Everyone who works here is so wonderful to work with. I thoroughly enjoy every part of the volunteering experience because this is such a great organization with such lovely, kind, dedicated individuals. Thank you for all you do

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Love-A-Bull 11/07/2015

What wonderful and kind words! Thank you for your support!

Bob_91

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am so happy with this organization!
I found my Georgia in 2013 after moving down to Austin Tx from Chicago. I met a great group of volunteers and my k9 BFF
I'm so proud to recommend them to anyone who will listen

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Love-A-Bull 11/07/2015

We were so excited to be apart of helping you find your new BFF! Thank you for the support!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Love-A-Bull is a fantastic organization, working towards education of the bully breeds as well as finding new homes for the animals! Their fundraising projects are fun and informative!

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Love-A-Bull 11/07/2015

Thank you, lora for all that you have done for us! Especially with transporting! :-D

Volunteer

Rating: 5

i have been a side kick with Lov-a-bull for a very long time now and know when my pit bull and I hit a ruff road Lov-a-bull helped and always have supported us. I started volunteering with Lov-a-bull when I moved back to Austin in 2012. I helped walked abused neglected pit bulls. I love showing the world what real responsible pit bull owners train and love pit bulls. It shows in our dogs and who we are as owners.

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Love-A-Bull 11/07/2015

Thank you Erin for taking over leading our monthly fun walks! We are truly appreciate of the time you give to help show the world how awesome these dogs can be.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Love-A-Bull posted an adorable dog on FB that was in a kill shelter and had heartworms. I adopted her, but heartworm treatment is expensive. The shelter paid for half of the treatment and Love-A-Bull paid for the other half. I was relieved to have their support when I adopted my heartworm positive pit bull. Without them, I wouldn't know her and I wouldn't have been able to pay for her treatment.

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Love-A-Bull 11/07/2015

We are always so pleased to be able to help our communities keep the pups they love healthy and happy! Thank you for your support!

Laurel T.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love transporting our love-a-Bulls! They enjoy the car ride, and I appreciate knowing that they have a real chance at finding a fur-ever home one of these days!

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Love-A-Bull 11/07/2015

Thank you, Laurel! We love our transporters!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I absolutely LOVE what Love-A-Bull is all about. They are always keeping me informed, and they have such a passion for the sweet pitties. They really utilize every version of communication to keep members/future adopt-a-bulls informed about dogs, or what they need help with as an organization.

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Love-A-Bull 11/07/2015

Thank you so much for the kind words!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Love-A-Bull is amazing! I wanted to find a Pittie that I could train to pass the CGC test, and go on to the Pit Crew. I'm a social worker and wanted to be able to take my doggie to places that I volunteer. Love-A-Bull had a beautiful little girl, who I named Piper, that they handpicked for me! She has been a perfect fit for our home (she even loves our cats!). Also, Love-A-Bull doesn't just put out their doggies for adoption and then forget about them; they stay part of the Love-A-Bull family for life! For first time dog owners, this has continued to be a huge help. Our home loves Love-A-Bull and will stick with them for future adoptions!

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Love-A-Bull 11/07/2015

You guys are awesome adopters! We're so glad we found the perfect match for your family and Piper! We hope to see her in the Pit Crew when she's old enough! :-D

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Love-a-bull is probably one of the best organizations for pit bull advocacy, rescue, adoption, training, activities and education in Austin
My husband and I have been members since 2012, after adopting our late love-a-bull rescue Joplin, surviving horrific abuse the first two years of her young life at a South Carolina dog fighting compound, the perpetrator sentenced to a year in prison for animal cruelty. Along with our Chi mix, Doc, we as family participated in many Love-A-Bull activities including but not limited to organized fun walks, pints for pits fundraisers and the annual Pittie Pride Walk, advocating and celebrating pit bulls. Through love-a-bull’s free beginning and advanced training classes, Joplin was able to earn her Canine Good Citizen certification in July of 2013.
After a break from training, we planned to enroll Joplin in the Spring Austin Dog Alliance Agility Camp Weekend to nurture her love of running, jumping, and catching. Joplin’s sudden illness was any pet owner’s worst nightmare as we helplessly watched our playful, sweet-natured pup develop atypical, serious and progressive health issues at only four years of age.
Not even a year later, we ended up letting Joplin pass, due to extreme complications from progressive polyneuropathy, usually a geriatric disease, but occasionally affecting young dogs. Exceptionally supportive, Love-a-Bull memorialized Joplin’s short life on their website. This special effort meant the world to us, overcome with grief.
Relying once again on the organization’s expertise and guidance, we adopted another love-a-bull rescue, Brisket, abandoned with her very young siblings and found in a box on a highway. Like Joplin, Brisket has already participated in a number of love-a-bull activities, most notably the monthly fun walks and a few pints for pits fundraisers. At one point in the upcoming year, we’re planning to take Brisket to the same free training classes, mainly for fun and socialization since Brisket works very well on-leash. Finally, we’ve kept in touch with other love-a-bull members who adopted Brisket’s siblings. Schedules permitting, we’re hoping to have a reunion.
All of this wouldn’t be possible with most other animal rescues. But love-a-bull is exceptional: we’ll forever be part of their pack and family.

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Love-A-Bull 11/07/2015

We are honored to know you and your family and to have been able to share such a special pup with you, like Joplin! Thank you for all of the support you have given to our organization!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Love-A-Bull is hands down one of the best rescue groups in Austin, actually the nation! I came across Love-A-Bull about three years ago while attending a Pittie Pride event. From that day on I found myself wearing their shirts and spreading the word about what great work they do for our community. LAB makes a huge difference for the lives of so many pitbulls. They continue to help people see how amazing pitties are through community outreach offering support such as free training classes for members, monthly fun walks, assistance in spaying and neutering and help to find affordable flea and heartworm treatment. They even train pitties to become therapy dogs and change lives!! I could go on forever about this organization and how truly amazing it is. LAB is a vital part of our community continuing to educate the public and finding forever homes for pitties in need. I am a HUGE advocate for Love-A-Bull and am so greatful for all their hard work!!

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Love-A-Bull 11/07/2015

You ROCK! Thank you for being a voice for the voiceless and for helping us lead this organization in advocacy and education! We love the support and hard work you give to our mission!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I first heard of love-a-bull from a friend who sent me a link regarding two dogs for adoption via Facebook. I took interest in one of the dogs and emailed the organization. One thing led to another, and I ended up adopting Olive, fka Dahlia. Love-a-bull offered free training for me and my dog and was so supportive! From that point on I continued to support love-a-bull by attending events and buying merchandise. While attending the events, I met some great people and decided to volunteer. I have been a volunteer for about three years now. The dedication of the volunteers constantly amazes me! Did I mention that love-a-bull is a 100% volunteer non-profit organization? Now, how cool is that! Keep up the great work!

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Love-A-Bull 11/07/2015

Where would we be without you?? Thank you for believing in us and supporting us! You are amazing!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I adopted a sweet puppy from Love-A-Bull after fostering her for a few weeks. We have since fostered 5 dogs with Love-A-Bull, and they are very supportive of their foster and adoptive families. Love-A-Bull also does community outreach and education to help improve the lives and image of pit bull type dogs. Its a terrific organization!

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Love-A-Bull 11/07/2015

Some of our most awesome fosters! You guys do an amazing job getting our pups ready for their forever homes! Thank you so much for your support and dedication!