Monthly ‘Pitty Parties’ hope to erase stigma of pit bull breeds


On Saturday afternoon, Care for Pets threw a pop-up party with pit bulls.

Many four-legged friends gathered at the Rockford Country Club in a series of events to get people to interact with the pups and dogs to help fight the stigma of pit bulls being a violent breed.

“We have a plethora of them in our area and it’s very hard to get adoption and foster [homes] because people don’t get enough exposure to them,” said Stephanie Hicks, director of Care for Pets. “So, we thought if we have these pop-up parties and [bring] dogs for people to interact with, [it] would help soften the image and help with adoption and fosters.”

The Pitty Party events will be held once a month until Fall.

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