Amy Kang is determined to make a difference in her community and to help rebuild the pit bull’s reputation as a lovable breed.
Kang is the founder of SociaBulls, an organization that gathers pit bulls and their guardians together every week for a walk around the city of Chicago. The weekly walks not only give the dogs some much needed exercise and socialization, but they also help members of the community see pit bulls in a positive light.
Kang began the organization in 2008 after adopting her pit bull Mazzy from a local shelter. It was love at first sight for Kang and her four-legged friend but she quickly realized that not all people had the same trust and love for a breed that is almost always portrayed as dangerous.
Mazzy, now 7, has learned to put her toys away on command, plays dead, rolls over, shakes, and gets along well with Bruno, another pit bull adopted by Kang in 2008. Mazzy is charming, smart, and playful, everything you could want in a companion, and Kang wants the world to see it.
Kang began a blog in 2008 called Two Pitties in the City. Kang and her husband shared advice on pit bulls, stories about Mazzy and Bruno, as well as their experience as foster parents to dogs up for adoption. The blog quickly grew in popularity amongst the dog community and in August the Kangs and some of their loyal readers gathered for their first walk.
The group’s goal was to work together and socialize the dogs to both each other and to the city environment. Guardians of pit bulls also see the group walk as a way to change negative public opinion about the breed.
The group has many loyal members who have all experienced benefits from participating in the walks.
Kim Vargo, guardian of Jack, describes a once shy pit bull adopted from the city shelter who has since come out of his shell. The socialization and walks have given Jack confidence and he now enthusiastically relates to other dogs and people. Vargo, looking at the 3-year old pit that was decked out in a fleece trimmed leather jacket said, “He’s even got a little girlfriend in the group.”
SociaBulls is a great example of how a small group of passionate people and their pets can make an impact on their community. Are you doing something similar in your community? We’d love to hear about it! Let us know in the comments section below!