Collection: Milo | FUNDRAISER for SPCA Serving Erie County

Celebrating the all-American breed.

For much of the 20th century, the American Pit Bull Terrier was considered the all-American breed. They were beloved family companions, war heroes, celebrities and mascots. Through the horrendous actions of a small number of humans and a large dose of prejudice, the APBT - and several other breeds and mixes that are often categorized as 'pit-type dogs' or 'bully breeds' - have now become vilified, often the target of hatred and discrimination at no fault of their own.

If you've ever loved a pit-type dog, you know how hurtful it is when someone makes negative assumptions based on your dog's appearance. The dirty looks and cruel remarks about your sweet, loving best friend can quickly ruin your day - but the true impact of hatred towards pit-type dogs has serious consequences.

Housing discrimination and Breed Specific Legislation (BSL) can make it nearly impossible to live in a safe community with a bully breed. Many people are forced to make a decision between becoming homeless or re-homing their dog when they simply do not have an option that will allow them to move with their dog. This, along with wide-spread hesitancy to adopt due to false pre-conceived notions about pit bulls, has resulted in devastating over-population of pit-type dogs in shelters. Many of these happy, healthy, behaviorally-sound dogs will lose their lives simply because there is nowhere else for them to go.

Those of us who are fortunate enough to know the truth about pit-type dogs - that they are loving companions, just like any other breed of dog - have a responsibility to advocate for bully breeds everywhere. Changing just one mind about pit bulls can save a life.

20% of sales from this limited-edition collection will be donated to SPCA Serving Erie County. Available through March 21.

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