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March 29, 2012

End Dogfighting Timeline

Progress for dogs in inner cities

July 2011: End Dogfighting Atlanta's training facility holds its grand opening.

Summer 2011: End Dogfighting is fully encorporated into the Pets for Life program—the projects in Chicago, Atlanta, and Philadelphia are now able to provide a more comprehensive approach.

May 2011: NBC's Today Show covers our End Dogfighting program, including appearances by Wayne Pacelle, Jeff Jenkins, Sean Banks, and Junebug the pit bull.

January 2011: Program development for The HSUS's new community-outreach Pets for Life program begins, encompassing End Dogfighting.

January 2011: End Dogfighting in Philadelphia launches, receiving coverage in the Philadelphia Inquirer and the Philadelphia Daily News.

December 2010: End Dogfighting in Chicago estimates it has reached over 750 youths overall through its Canines & Communities classroom programs, and nearly 100 students through its Pit Bull Training Team (PBTT) in 2010 alone. End Dogfighting in Atlanta estimates its PBTT has reached over 75 underserved pit bull owners.

December 2010: End Dogfighting in Philadelphia's PBTT launches.

November 2010: PBS’s Chicago Tonight airs a piece on End Dogfighting in Chicago.

October 2010: End Dogfighting in Atlanta implements the Canines & Communities curriculum in an English Avenue neighborhood middle school.

September 2010: The Chicago Tribune covers End Dogfighting in Chicago.

August 2010: End Dogfighting in Atlanta appears on Good Day Atlanta.

August 2010: End Dogfighting in Chicago's PBTT students and their dogs march in the Bud Billiken Parade, the largest African-American parade in the country, with over 1.5 million attendees and 25 million television viewers.

Summer 2010: End Dogfighting in Chicago partners with Chicago Public Schools to host a video-production camp for students, ultimately producing In the Company of Dogs, a humane education video showing kids how to interact safely with dogs. Filmed in Chicago neighborhoods with real CPS students and their dogs, the video is both entertaining and easy for kids to relate to.

May 2010: Work on End Dogfighting in Philadelphia commences, laying groundwork in the Hunting Park neighborhood.

Spring 2010:End Dogfighting in Chicago expands to the Humboldt Park neighborhood, hosting classes at Canine Crews.

March 2010: An article on End Dogfighting in Chicago’s PBTT appears in Time Out Chicago.

February 2010: End Dogfighting in Atlanta is featured on CNN.

January 2010: Star PBTT students Terrence and Elmo graduate, and a spay/neuter program with PAWS Chicago launches.

January 2010: End Dogfighting in Atlanta refocuses on the English Avenue neighborhood in NW Atlanta.

September 2009: End Dogfighting in Chicago makes national news on ABC.

May 2009: End Dogfighting in Chicago makes national news on NBC.

April 2009: End Dogfighting in Chicago hosts the Pit-ography event, celebrating Chicago's pit bulls. The art exhibit features snapshots of pit bulls and their families, taken with disposable cameras by PBTT students and friends. 

April 2009: End Dogfighting in Chicago starts administering an eight-session Canines & Communities humane education curriculum in Austin middle schools. The curriculum uses a mock game show, a field trip, and a final project to teach kids the dangers of dogfighting and how to be safe around dogs.

March 2009: End Dogfighting in Atlanta’s PBTT launches. 

October 2008: End Dogfighting in Atlanta launches, hiring ADAs, working with law enforcement, and hosting dog-food giveaways in the Decatur community. 

May 2008: End Dogfighting in Chicago hosts law enforcement training for over 260 Chicagoland law enforcement officers on how to recognize and crack down on animal fighting.

2007: "End Dogfighting in Chicago" is officially christened and PBTT classes launch, after Chicago kids start asking ADAs for “something else to do with their pit bulls besides fighting.” The eight-week obedience and agility classes for at-risk pit bulls and their owners become a crucial component of the End Dogfighting programs.

2006: The HSUS starts a Chicago project to stop street dogfighting by hiring reformed dogfighters as Anti-Dogfighting Advocates (ADAs), building partnerships with local law enforcement, hosting community events in the Austin neighborhood, and commissioning the University of Chicago Survey Lab to do a study on youths' attitudes toward dogfighting.

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