ANGEL CITY PIT BULLS

Los Angeles, CA   |  www.angelcitypits.org

Mission

To create a better future for pit bulls by promoting their positive image as loving family companions through education, public advocacy, adoptions, and owner support.

Ruling year info

2011

Executive Director, Co-founder

Katie Larkin

Main address

PO Box 19944

Los Angeles, CA 90019 USA

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EIN

27-2348995

NTEE code info

Animal Protection and Welfare (includes Humane Societies and SPCAs) (D20)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (D01)

Animal Training, Behavior (D61)

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Programs and results

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Our programs

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Adoption Program

ACPB operates a successful rescue and adoption program offering life-saving and placement for shelter dogs in Los Angeles. ACPB also offers support for ‘fight bust’ dogs. Rescued dogs are provided with medical care, training, behavior support as needed. All dogs are fostered in homes, and placed with loving adoptive families. ACPB rescues and adopts out over 200 pit bull dogs each year, offering lifetime support and resources for ACPB Alumni.

Population(s) Served
Adults

ACPB offers free community training classes for 200 pit bull dogs an their owners annually. Classes focus on improving the human-canine bond, managing leash reactivity, and problem solving behavior issues, in an effort to reduce shelter relinquishment.

Population(s) Served

ACPB provides free spay/neuter services in South Los Angeles through the ACPB Pit Fix program. To date, ACPB has spay/neutered over 900 pets belonging to economically challenged families.

Population(s) Served

ACPB offers group hikes for the public in the Hollywood Hills twice a month. Hikes focus on on-leash socialization for dogs with varying levels of reactivity towards other dogs. The hikes are staffed with team members who offer real-time support and training.

Population(s) Served

ACPB operates a hospice and end-of-life program for terminally ill and senior pit bull dogs surrendered to the shelter. Medical care focuses on palliative support utilizing a holistic approach, and quality of life is carefully monitored. ACPB Angels are provided with social enrichment, home-prepared meals, and opportunities to engage in activities paced to their individual needs. Dogs are provided with comfort care in a warm loving home until such time that their good days no longer outweigh their bad days. Final goodbyes are said in the arms of the dog’s caretaker in a pain-free, comforting environment.

Population(s) Served

ACPB works to promote the image of pit bull dogs as family dogs through its popular Facebook page and website. With over 800,000 followers on Facebook, ACPB has a global influence in promoting dogs as wonderful pets, while providing education and resources. ACPB’s work countering negative stereotypes was featured in TIME Magazine’s “The Softer Side of Pit Bulls” (week of July 22, 2013). The ACPB website offers resources and support for the community, including information about finding and re-homing stray dogs, housing resources, courtesy listing independently rescued animals, etc.

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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ACPB aims to reduce the number of pit bull terrier type dogs in animal shelters by increasing adoptions, providing community education to increase owner retention, and providing targeted spay/neuter programs. It is our goal to be an integral part of making the Los Angeles city shelter system no-kill, as defined by a 90% save-rate.

ACPB has implemented key programs designed to increase positive live outcomes of pit bulls from city shelters, and to reduce shelter intake of pit bull dogs. Through a successful rescue and adoption program, ACPB transfers in over 100 dogs from LA City shelters annually, and places them in adoptive homes. ACPB supports its local municipal shelter's volunteer program by providing supplies, training support, adoption support, and expertise to increase adoption directly from the shelter.

Through targeted owner support programs, such as ACPB Pit Fix and ACPB Academy, we are working to reduce area shelter intake of pit bull dogs by decreasing the number of stray and overpopulated pit bull dogs, as well as reducing owner relinquishment for behavior issues.

ACPB credits its success to the efforts of dedicated pit bull owners, educators, rescuers, and supporters working together to respond to the challenges facing pit bulls in our community. Through individual contributions and grant funding, ACPB has implemented and administers these successful programs to support our life-saving goals.

As a well-known and highly respected community resource for all things "pit bull" in Los Angeles, we have a positive influence in shifting perceptions and increasing the number of adoptions. We are excited that the save rate has increased from 42% to 80% for pit bull dogs since our inception. Our goal is a 90% save rate, indicating that there is still much work to be done. We believe that with continued volunteer and public support, and continued partnerships within the animal welfare community, we will achieve this goal in the coming years.

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ANGEL CITY PIT BULLS

Board of directors
as of 3/23/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Katie Larkin

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Term: 2010 -

Katie Larkin

Robin Purcell

Brian Jett

Ian Sinnott

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

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Leadership

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White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

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