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Stephanie Filer "Low Key" Advocacy and Public Education February 19, 2013

Stephanie Filer is co-founder of the ARL Pit Crew and Manager of Special Gifts & Partnerships for the Animal Rescue League of Iowa. In this interview, Stephanie describes the "low key" pit bull advocacy that has been used in Des Moines, IA, where pit bulls are automatically labeled "vicious" dogs. The style of advocacy used by ARL has evolved as the ground work has been laid to educate the public that pit bulls are no different than any other breed. She describes several of the programs initiated by ARL including creating a sense of pride in ownership of pit bulls and an adoption campaign called "Respons-I-Bull where photographs were taken of dogs and their people with an emphasis on responsible dog ownership. ARL created a list of Pet Friendly Housing, insurance agents and promoted businesses with special offers. They offered low cost dog training classes, and started a campaign to get dogs certified as Canine Good Citizens. ARL also created Ambass-A-Bulls, visiting schools and nursing homes. Pit bulls also were used to help children with their reading. Within this context, the process of getting the pit bull ban repealed begins.

February 19, 2013



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