Sit Up For Pups
Barbells For Bullies, ABMAT team up to raise awareness for
shelter overpopulation, bully breeds
From anywhere! The purpose of this event is to bring awareness to challenges that face shelter animals.
March 1 - March 31, 2020
1.2 million dogs are killed annually in the US, and that is just a best estimate from a variety of sources. It's also estimated that as many as 1,200 "pit bulls" a day are euthanized (Source). While statistics can be specious, no matter what - both of these numbers are unacceptable.
We intend to raise awareness by challenging the CrossFit and fitness community at large to accumulate 1.2 million sit ups - Hence, sit ups for pups!
Facts, Stats, and Research
Shelter overpopulation is a major problem in the US. Over $3B is spent annually to maintain shalters, the majority of which are full or close to capacity at all times. An additional $800M-$1B is spent on animal control alone! Source
Live outcomes - that is animals that make it out of the shelter alive, vary greatly regionally and locally. Southern states in the US, Texas, and California have the lowest live outcome rates. It's estimated that over 70,000 pit bull type dogs are killed in the LA metro area annually alone! Source
Of the 3 million cats and dogs that are killed in shelters each year, over 80% of them are healthy and treatable and could have been adopted to loving homes. Read: animals are sometimes killed for space when they could be adopted out. Source
But you want a purebred, you say? 25% of dogs in shelters are purebred.Source
Labels are dangerous. Several studies have concluded that not only is it exceptionally difficult to accurately assess a dogs breed just by looking at it, but over 40% of dogs in shelters that were labeled as "pit bulls" were not at all any type of bully breed whatsoever! Source
Moreover, it's been empirically proven that mislabeling dogs, or labeling dogs as "pit bull mixes" reduce their chances of adoption significantly, presumably due to stereotypes and media bias. Several studies have shown that removing labels increases adoption rates and forces people to consider a dog as an individual - not as a "breed" alone. Source
How To Get Involved
Tell your gym owner, friends, coach, cousin, exes, and anybody else that is into fitness and also into being a good human that helps their community. It costs $0 to enter. Name another fitness challenge that doesn't cost anything and you can win limited edition Abmats! MAKE SURE YOU READ AND FOLLOW THE DIRECTIONS SLIDE!
Use the sheet (linked above) to track your reps as an individual, or share with your gym and create a challenge, make it a part of your cash out, of have an ab session on a Saturday. Bonus points if you get a pup to sit and hold your feet! Use #situpsforpups to be featured!
Want to do more? You can sign up as a gym/team and raise money WHILE raising awareness, or sign up as an individual. It's free, easy, and intuitive to set up a page. Click HERE then click "I want to fundraise for this."