What is HELP FIDO?

Humane Education Leads to Progress
For Informed Dog Owners

Vision Statement: We envision a society free from discrimination, where responsibility, education, love and compassion allow humans to fully respect and understand man's best friend.

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Welcome to the HELP FIDO blog!

As you might have clued in by reading the prior post, this blog will be dedicated to the doings of HELP FIDO. Our vision statement at the top of the page says it all. We have lofty goals but we also have brave hearts and great minds working to reach them. Among our amazing backgrounds we have a paralegal, an accountant, a drummer, a veterinarian, a vet assistant, and a pit bull rescuer. One of our team spent her summer with BAD RAP. Another maintains websites for two other rescue operations, in addition to her own. Another doesn’t even own a bully breed, but wants to make a difference for all dogs. One of our team shows her registered dogs and can speak to the amazing talent bully breed dogs have. One has started a new hobby photographing dogs.

As I said in the speech, we came together mostly as strangers. My husband Brian and I knew Amanda because we adopted Sparky from Capital Area Humane Society (CAHS) and her “Bully Breeds” special adoptables program. Amanda and Adam had spoken on the phone a few times, and Adam was a volunteer for CAHS. All of us showed up several times for Whitehall, Ohio’s city council meetings as they mulled over a ban on pit bulls. We started to work together and as a group we started to have a vision…that vision is what you see above.

This blog will document our events and thoughts. Adam and Brian will recap city council meetings and relevant legislative happenings (including action on the recently introduced statewide pit bull ban). Our vet, Dr. Mandi, and vet assistant Tonya, will take questions and answer them in a weekly blog. Feel free to send your questions! Amanda and Lisa can answer obedience and adoption questions. CAHS runs an obedience class just for bully breeds!! Thinking of adopting? Check out our links on the side – remember – “don’t buy while shelter dogs die.”

I plan to use this blog in a rather selfish way. I sit on another Board, but for a breast cancer advocacy organization. My duties there are pretty specific and very hands-off. So I plan to use this blog to flex my writing muscles, wax poetically about our cute pit bulls, about lazy reporters and crazy politicians, and about heroic efforts to help these great dogs. And maybe showcase a photo or two.

So tune in and give us feedback! We hope to announce the launch of our NEW website soon! But if you want to get on our mailing list please sign up!!

Oh and that proposed ban in Whitehall? It failed. They are now considering revised code that will judge a dog based on its actions. Additionally it adds language against dog fighting and cruelty. And we feel we helped make this happen.

HELP FIDO – there’s a new dog in Columbus!!


Brent said...

Welcome to the club. I know I've only met a few of the members of your group, but I was very impressed by the qualityf of the members of your group and the direction you're headed. Best of luck -- and if we Kansas Citians can provide any help, we'll be happy to help in any way. Our group came together much the same way as yours has...

Best of luck...and it was a pleasure meeting you all last week.

Caveat said...

Thanks for stopping by Caveat - and for blogrolling me.

I'm thrilled that you have joined the fray. Brent had filled me in a bit about your group.

Let's go get 'em!

United we stand...

These are the dogs of HELP FIDO...our dogs...this is why we are here...