Before I introduce you to this month’s recipient of HeidiTown Gives Back, I want tell you a story.
When I was a little girl we lived in a rural area of southern Oregon. Our house and our neighbor’s house were the only homes on a quiet, dead end street. My little brother and I spent our days exploring the nearby sand dunes (probably a sand pit) and playing in our huge yard. We were never alone on these daily adventures – we had two guards – our dog, a fearless cockapoo named Fluffy, and Daisy, a big brindle pit bull that belonged to our neighbors.
Daisy was a sweetheart and she would have laid her life down to protect us, and we adored her. Daisy was my first introduction to pit bulls, a breed that today suffers from discrimination in places like Denver and Aurora, Colorado.
ColoRADogs, the recipient of this month’s HeidiTown Gives Back Campaign. I chose this organization because of their fight to repeal breed-specific legislation in Colorado and their desire to educate the public.
Every dog was once a puppy. They learn how to behave from their human owners. Photo courtesy of ColoRADogs on Facebook.
Pit bulls and other power breeds, even German Shepherds, the breed I own, are often the targets of breed-specific legislation.
ColoRADogs trademarked the phrase, “Responsible ownership is not breed specific.”
Contrary to popular belief, pit bulls spend a lot of time smiling. Photo courtesy of ColoRADogs on Facebook.
They believe that everyone has the potential to be a great dog owner. Some just need a helping hand, whether that’s with basics like food, or with behavior intervention or simply by an encouraging message in a society filled with negative ones. ColoRADogs stand for breed equality – that is, every dog (and their owner) should be treated as an individual. I couldn’t agree more with this sentiment.
They also believe that education is important to their cause; their website reads, “When people know better, they do better.”
Nothing is better than a dog hug. Photo courtesy of ColoRADogs on Facebook
ColoRADogs isn’t only an advocacy group, they are also a rescue organization, and while they rescue all breeds, they have a soft spot for pit bulls.
The ColoRADogs website is a wonderful resource and you can learn much, much more about what this organization does by visiting.
Like them on Facebook here!
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I hope that you will consider donating to their cause today. After all, it’s #ColoradoGivesDay!
HeidiTown Gives Back is a campaign I started in January 2012. Each month a Colorado nonprofit of my choosing receives a free ad space and a write-up here on the blog, along with occasional mentions in social media throughout the month. This is my way of using my platform to try to do a bit of good in this crazy world. To be considered email me at TheMayor@HeidiTown.com.