Town Animal Shelter, Last Hope, Inc. to Promote Pit Bull Adoption, Awareness at Second Annual Bully Breed Brigade

Coming on the paws of the Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter’s Summer of Love pet adoption program, during which all adoption fees were waived, the shelter has teamed up with Last Hope, Inc. Animal Rescue & Rehabilitation to host the second annual Bully Breed Brigade to promote pit bull awareness, adoption and welfare. The event will take place at the shelter on Saturday, September 22, 2012 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Returning to the event is Tia Torres of the popular Animal Planet television program “Pit Bulls and Parolees,” which documents the day-to-day operations of the nation’s largest pit bull animal shelter, the Villalobos Rescue Center. 

“This day-long event will serve to highlight these amazing animals, who have wonderful personalities and hearts of gold,” said Shelter Director Cynthia Iacopella. “Given the love and attention they so rightfully deserve, the often-misunderstood pit bull can be a faithful companion just like any other breed.”

The day’s festivities will include an adoption fair, vendors, breed advocates, holistic experts and much more. The event will also feature a Pit Parade of “Ambassadors” from Long Island animal shelters and rescue groups.

“Our first Bully Breed Brigade last November was a huge success for so many reasons. The event, a combined effort of the Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter and private rescue group Last Hope, Inc. Animal Rescue & Rehabilitation, unfolded precisely how we envisioned it,” said Joanne Anderson, Outreach Coordinator for Last Hope, Inc. “Shelters and rescue groups from all over Long Island came together to promote these stigmatized and overlooked dogs that are at our shelters.”

The Hempstead Town Animal Shelter is located at 3320 Beltagh Avenue in Wantagh. For more information, call the Shelter at (516) 785-5220 or visit