Resources and Awards

SoCal Pitbull TEAM has tried to compile a CONCISE list of resources for current and future pit bull advocates and those of you who just want to learn more about the issues faced by bully breed dogs and their owners.  This is by no means a complete library, but we have worked hard to provide you with the BARE NECESSITIES you need to:

1.  Understand some of the myths surrounding pit bull type dogs
2.  Develop an understanding of why fear of this breed has been perpetuated by the media and permeated our society
3.  Explain to others why Breed Discriminatory Legislation is a failure legally, fiscally, and ethically
4.  Demonstrate incongruities in dog bite statistics and sources of such misinformation
5.  Effectively advocate in support of the bully breeds and their guardians

Thank you for visiting our resources page.  Please click on and download each of our articles in the drop down menu and share with your friends and family. The only way to counteract misinformation is with factual information, and we've tried to provide that to you here.  If you have any suggestions for additional material, please use our CONTACT US page and let us know!  

SoCal Pitbull TEAM spoke out against a proposed ordinance in Orange County on February 4th, 2014.  To help prepare for speaking in a public forum and to get an idea of what local government hearings are like, see the video below courtesy of

SoCal Pitbull TEAM First Annual Young Animal Advocate Award!

In January 2016 SoCal Pitbull TEAM announced our first recipient of the Young Animal Advocate Award, which will be presented annually to school aged youth who are working to make a difference in the lives of animals and changing perception of pit bull type dogs in their communities.  

Our first ever recipient of the SCPBT Young Animal Advocate Award is 13-year old Tate Ludan of Vista, CA.Tate is an 7th grader at Vista Magnet Middle School whose Making Statistics Real project in her math class caught the attention of not only her teacher and classmates,  but also SoCal Pitbull TEAM!   As the proud owner of two pit bulls, Koi (who recently passed at age 17) and Cleo (pictured above), Tate chose to present her project titled, "The Misunderstood Pitbull."

Co-Founder Barb Telesmanic met with Tate and her Mom Kelly to present the award and ask our first Young Animal Advocate Award winner a few questions about herself:

Question 1: How long have you volunteered helping animals?

Answer: Since I was 3 years old, my family has taken me to donate items to the humane society.   At nine years old I started my dog sitting business for friends and family called Camp Critters.  The SD humane society featured me on their website because I donate a percentage or all of my pet sitting earnings to the humane society.  Now at 13, I just recently started volunteering at the Gentle Barn in Santa Clarita. 

Question 2: What do you want to be when you grow up?

Answer: I'd like to be a veterinarian and the owner of an animal sanctuary like the gentle barn. 

Question 3: If you had three wishes what would they be? 

Answer: To have endless money to donate to local shelters, to stop animal abuse, and to find homes for all the shelter dogs. 

Question 4: What do you want the general public to know about pitbull type dogs?

Answer: That they rank higher then border collies, labs, and beagles on the American temperament test society testing. 

We think Tate rocks and encourage her to keep doing what she is doing, and to follow her dreams of working to benefit animals in need.  If you know of a young person (under the age of 18) you feel deserves recognition for their work with animals and effort to end breed discrimination, please use our contact us form and one of our volunteers will be in touch with you to gather more info for next year's Award.

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