My pitbull Mya and i just came across the #NOTABULLY campaign started by photographer Douglas Sonders in 2012 to change the perception of dogs who have unfairly been labeled “bully breeds”. There are 14 breeds of dog that are considered “bully breeds” Boxers, Alapaha Blue Bloods, American Bulldogs, American Staffordshire Terriers, Boston Terriers, Bull Terriers, Bulldogs, Bull Mastiff’s, French Bulldogs, Olde English Bulldogs, American Pit Bull Terrier, Renascence Bulldog’s, Staffordshire Bull Terrier’s and Victorian Bulldog’s.
These so-called “bully breeds” make up 40% of the animal shelter population. Many of these dogs are passed over by people looking to adopt from animal shelters because of the reputation that people have given them and as a result many of these dogs are euthanized. Regardless of a pit bulls temperament 22% of all animal shelters euthanize them.
Mya and i decided to help by doing our share so we went through some of the photos we’ve taken over the years and selected a few. We hope this helps in helping people understand that so-called bully breeds are as loving and lovable as any other dog. Adopting a rescue dog from an animal shelter is an amazing thing. Adopting a “bully breed” who’s chances of being euthanized for nothing but being who they are is even more rewarding. i was once under the impression that it was my girlfriend and i that were rescuing Mya but it’s turned out that the opposite was true… Mya really rescued us… Do yourself a favor and join the #NOTABULLY Campaign with a donation or better yet a local adoption and help spread the word…