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Angel City Pit Bulls

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BENEFITING: ANGEL CITY PIT BULLS

ORGANIZER: ANGEL CITY PIT BULLS

EVENT: 2015 LA Marathon

EVENT DATE: Mar 15, 2015

Peggy Kennedy

THE STORY:

My story:

In 2006, I met Duval, an American Staffordshire Terrier, known to many as a "pit bull."  He was originally a petsitting client of mine.  The first time he came over to spend the weekend, my husband, who had not met him, expressed concern about having a strange pit bull in our home.  "What if he hurts Alex?" (our other dog at the time).  I assured him all would be fine.  On day one, I stepped out to run an errand, and came home to find Will napping on the couch with Duval's head on his chest. When Duval went home he asked "does he have to go?"  We were hooked on the breed. Within a few months we discovered that his owner could no longer keep him, and we adopted him without hesitation.  However, we did not take our decision lightly.  We read everything we could. We occasionally went to the dog park so both dogs could run off leash, and we spent the entire time following him around and worrying.  It became pretty clear that Duval was completely bombproof.

In our 8 years with him, I've never even seen this dog growl or curl his lip.  If he is bothered by something, which is rare, he simply walks away.  Or lets out one single bark which seems to communicate to other dogs that they better "act right." He loves being around people and especially kids.  He is a Canine Good Citizen and Therapy Dog.  His specialty is reading education assistance.  He travels to schools and meets with kids who need a little extra encouragement, and they read to him.  There are times when close to 20 kids are crowding around him and I can't even see him....an extremely stressful situation with most dogs.  Duval just stands still and takes it all in.  

In 2010, I met the wonderful ladies who started Angel City Pit Bulls while handling my foster dog Roo at adoption events.  To me, Roo doesn't feel like a pit bull at all- she is lanky with a skinny face and a curly tail.  But t most people who see her on the street, her brindle coloring, short coat, triangular ears and athletic build suggest to them that she is a pit bull. And that is what the shelter had labeled her.  And many, many dogs in the LA shelters are like her.  Roo ended up staying with me because after months of working so hard to train her, I just couldn't give her up.  She has been my training muse throughout the marathon training program....so far she has run up to 15 miles with me, and she doesn't even seem to get sore!

Long story short, I am running this marathon for the underdog, the many pit bull type dogs who find themselves in the shelters here in LA, in most cases, not because of anything they have done wrong, but simply because their owners can't house them.  Stereotypes have made it difficult to find housing for dogs that "look" like a pit bull.  Or weigh more than 20 lbs, or sometimes, just dogs in general.  It is almost becoming cost prohibitive to rent as a dog owner in this city.  And dogs are dying as a result.  Angel City has been the savior to many of these dogs, many like Duval who have gone on to do therapy work, and many like Roo who are great athletes and go to agility classes or help their owners get exercise. Training hasn't been the easiest for me- last year I trained through plantar fasciitis, and this year both knees have been plagued with tendonitis or "runner's knee."  And I have asthma, which means I spend the bulk of my long runs constantly trying to clear my airway of gunk.  But I do it for the dogs, because somebody has to.

Sadly, just days after registering for the 2015 Asics LA Marathon, we made the heartbreaking decision to say goodbye to Duval.  His spirit was willing but his body was just not supporting him anymore and we couldn't bear to watch every painful step. He is running free and watching over us as we train this year.

How your donation helps:

$50:  The Food Sponsor:  Provides a monthly supply of high protein, grain-free, premium diet and a enriching beef knuckle bone for one dog.

$100:  The Spay/Neuter Sponsor: Provides a spay/neuter surgery for one dog

$200:  The Basic Rescue Sponsor: Saves the life of one dog by covering the shelter rescue fee, flea-meds, deworming, a one-month supply of high-protein grain-free premium food, and supplies.

$300:  The TLC Sponsor (Basic Rescue Sponsor + Vetting): All of the above plus a trip to the vet and meds for a dog with a simple shelter acquired infection. 

$400:  The Puppy Sponsor (TLC Package + Vaccines): All of the above provided for a new puppy plus all required vaccines. 

$500:  The Mange Puppy Sponsor (Puppy Sponsor + Mange Treatment until resolved):  In an overcrowded shelter system, puppies with severe demodex are frequently euthanized. This treatable condition can take several months to clear.  In the shelter, these dogs are rarely adopted, leaving rescue as an only option for survival. 

$750:  The ICU Sponsor (TLC Package + Veterinary Boarding):  The TLC package plus an admission to a vet hospital for a severe respiratory infection, shelter acquired pneumonia, or virus requiring isolation.

$1000:  The Spay/Neuter Angel:  Provides funding for 10 dogs to receive spay/neuter surgery.

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To This Fundraiser

$1,821

MONEY RAISED
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  • Kerri

    $100

  • Bryan and Anita Ackermann

    $100

  • Katie-Coral, Joe and Baloo Sicora

    $25

  • Kathy Hicker

    $50

  • Tania

     

  • Wendy Kheel

    $200

  • Nancy Mantell

    $36

  • Debby Germino

    $100

  • Julia Luce

    $50

  • Derka

    $30

  • Colleen Allen

    $200

  • Anonymous

    $200

  • Linda, Imani and Sage

    $50

  • Bobbie

    $50

  • Jill Croce

    $50

  • Jewels, Cathy, Cowboy and Georgia Jazlin

    $40

  • Victoria Johnson

    $25

  • Zoki Stancevic

    $75

  • Julia Asher

    $100

  • Georgina Hampe

    $40

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91% Raised of $2,000 Goal

Fundraise for this Campaign

The Team: $55,027 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

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Fundraiser Title

Royce Chang

Amount Raised

$10,050

 

101% Raised of $10,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

ANGEL CITY PIT BULLS

Amount Raised

$3,790

 

5% Raised of $75,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Tracy Lopez

Amount Raised

$2,350

 

78% Raised of $3,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Ian Sinnott

Amount Raised

$2,100

 

105% Raised of $2,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Elizabeth Clark

Amount Raised

$1,886

Fundraiser Title

Peggy Kennedy

Amount Raised

$1,821

 

91% Raised of $2,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Gina & Liam

Amount Raised

$1,511

 

101% Raised of $1,500 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Janelle Metiva

Amount Raised

$1,401

 

140% Raised of $1,000 Goal

Donor Comments

Georgina Hampe

Georgina Hampe

DONATION: $40

In memory of Baron and Fritzy, not pitties, but my doggie family for the past 14 years and for my two pitties, Connie and Cade, who carry the spirit Baron and Frizy left behind. 4 years ago

Julia Asher

Julia Asher

DONATION: $100

4 years ago

Zoki Stancevic

Zoki Stancevic

DONATION: $75

Thank you for being such a rock star Peggy! 4 years ago

Victoria Johnson

Victoria Johnson

DONATION: $25

Team Peggy! Team Angel City Pit Bulls! Have a great run in memory of Duval and all the other pitties out there that need more people like you in the world. 4 years ago

Jewels, Cathy, Cowboy and Georgia Jazlin

Jewels, Cathy, Cowboy and Georgia Jazlin

DONATION: $40

In memory of Madison, Sadie and Duval 4 years ago

Jill Croce

Jill Croce

DONATION: $50

4 years ago

Bobbie

Bobbie

DONATION: $50

"Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole." -Roger Caras Thanks for caring as much as you do Peggy. You're a great example for others. :-) 4 years ago

Linda, Imani and Sage

Linda, Imani and Sage

DONATION: $50

In Loving Memory Of Duval. 4 years ago

Anonymous

Anonymous

DONATION: $200

4 years ago

Colleen Allen

Colleen Allen

DONATION: $200

4 years ago