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Petworks fundraiser showcasing pit bulls

Matthew Lane • Apr 20, 2018 at 9:32 AM

KINGSPORT — Petworks: Kingsport Animal Services is kicking off its inaugural fundraising campaign tonight at the Sleepy Owl Brewery on Main Street.

The event will take place beginning at 6 p.m. and is being conducted to raise money for Petworks’ proposed new facility to be built on East Stone Drive. The campaign runs through May 25.

The fundraiser is showcasing pit bulls or “pitties,” and organizers are creating T-shirts with the message “Show me your pitties.” Carolyn Kestner, with Petworks, said pit bulls are being featured because of the stigma attached to the breed. Shelters often find it difficult to adopt out pit bulls.

“We want to become a no-kill facility, and with all of the (pit bulls) and (pit bull) mixes crowding the shelters, we wanted to show that these dogs can make good companions and family pets,” Kestner said.

Yellow Tree Photography took shelter pit bulls and mixes out into the community and photographed them with 20 local residents in their daily environment to show that the dogs can make good pets. These folks will then share their photos on social media with a goal of raising $1,000 each.

The photos will be posted on the Petworks website (www.petworkstn.com) along with links to each person or business with an option to order a T-shirt. The cost is $18 for solid colors and $22 for tie-dyed.

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