The ASPCA will launch an online contest in February for the â€œperfect pit bull and adopter matchâ€: the ASPCAâ€™s Adopt-A-Bull Contest, sponsored by Animal Farm Foundation.
Entries will be invited from both shelters and the public (who can nominate the shelters they adopted from), and will focus on adoptions of American Pit Bull Terriers and dogs that appear to be predominantly of that type, that have taken place through shelters using the ASPCAâ€™s Meet Your Match program. The ASPCA Meet Your Match program is a scientific, research-based adoption tool aimed at creating better matches between prospective pet parents and animals based on accurate behavior assessments for the animals and understanding an individual adopterâ€™s lifestyle and expectations.
â€œThe ASPCAâ€™s Adopt-a-Bull Contest is a great opportunity not just to highlight the positive attributes and merits of the American Pit Bull Terrier, but the importance of making good, long-lasting matches between pets and people,â€ said ASPCA President & CEO, Ed Sayres. â€œEvery animal has the potential to thrive in the right home and the ASPCAâ€™s Meet Your Match program continuously fosters the kind of successful matches beneficial to every party involved: the adopter, the animal and the shelter.â€
The contest will run four times through the year, with one winner announced for each quarter. Each winner will automatically be entered into a contest for the grand prize. The grand prize winner will then be selected in 2009 via an online public vote. The prize package for quarterly winners includes a $4000 grant for the shelter, and an ASPCA Collection gift package for the winning pit bull-adopter match. The grand prize shelter winner will receive an all expense paid trip to New York City in April 2009 to participate in the ASPCAâ€™s third annual ASPCA Day celebration and a $5000 grant for their shelter. The grand prize pit bull and adopter winner will receive a photoshoot with a professional photographer and a bronze of their pet.
â€œAnimal Farm Foundation is pleased to sponsor the Adopt-a-Bull contest because the ASPCAâ€™s Meet Your Match program promotes matches based on individual personality, instead of color and breed,â€ said Animal Farm Foundation President, Jane Berkey. â€œWe are confident that the contest will promote great family matches for dogs that appear to be predominantly American Pit Bull Terriers.â€
Berkey added, “Pit bull dogs are just dogs. Four legs, two eyes, and one heart.â€
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