Sit Up For Pups
Sit Ups for Pups, aiming for 5,000,000 sit ups accumulated in the month of May!
From anywhere! The purpose of this event is to bring awareness to challenges that face shelter animals.
May 1 - May 31, 2021
To raise awareness for local rescues and the plight of shelter animals, but also to celebrate fitness and community. This year, we're shooting for 5,000,000 sit ups accumulated because - according to data from Shelter Animals Count and our own internal analysis - is roughly how many dogs have been adopted since we started in June of 2016.
In 2020, we shot for 1.2 million; because1.2 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 5 million sit ups - Hence, sit ups for pups! In March 2020, in the midst of a pandemic, we accumulated over 2.3 million - double our goal. We can do that again this year!
Any funds raised will be used to disburse grants to dogs in dire need of medical care, pay for pull fees, and pledge money to urgent animals to incentivize local rescues to pull them.
Our goal is to collectively do accumulate 5,000,000 sit ups, representing the roughly 5,000,000 dogs that have been adopted since we started Barbells For Bullies in June 2016.
Last year, we challenged people to do 1.2 million sit ups, to represent the estimated 1.2 million dogs that are euthanized every year due to BSL or shelter overpopulation. That's the population of Dallas, TX. And it happens every single year.
Shelter overpopulation is a huge concern but we can all make a difference.
Adopt, foster, volunteer, advocate, educate.
This event is all about celebrating fitness and community and taking a moment to appreciate the work that the rescue community and our supporters have accomplished over the last several years. It's also about getting people involved and raising awareness, and costs absolutely nothing to enter.
This is about exemplifying our mission of fostering a fit community that rallies around rescue!
All the details for how to get involved can be found below. If you have any questions, email us at email@example.com.
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."
Q: Do I need to be affiliated with a gym?
A: Nope, not at all. You can do this from your own home, just make sure to download the Google Sheet, track your reps and share it with us.
Q: Can I make this my own by doing something like for every $x raised I will do y sit ups or something?
A: Absolutely! We encourage people to make this their own and put their spin on it to keep themselves and their network engaged!
Q: I don't have a dog, can I still participate?
A: Of course. This is all about raising awareness (and funds if you choose). But hey, you can always contact a local rescue and foster.
Q: Is there a competitive element or a way for me to win prizes doing this?
A: Absolutely! The top 3 individuals men and women will score themselves a custom can't-buy-it-anywhere AbMat, and the gym that wins will score themselves a stack of 'em.
Q: If I raise money via Facebook or Instagram does that count toward the fundraising total?
A: No, we are requiring people to raise via GiveLively as it gives us more transparency into who raised what amount. It's easy to sign up and only takes a couple clicks.
Q: If I sign up as a team, do I still earn individual incentives?
A: No, you are only eligible for one or the other. If you sign up as an individual, you are eligible for individuals prizes. If you sign up as a team - regardless of what you personally raise, you're only eligible for team prizes.
Q: If my company offers a cybergrant or company match, will that count towards my fundraising total?
A: Yes! We would just need an email and some type of information about the donation confirming what amount they're matching. Many large companies like Merck, Disney, and other Fortune 500s offer this, so it's worth checking into. Once we have confirmation of what they'll be donating, we will manually add that to your total. IE if you raise $2200, but we have an email saying Employer A is donating $300, we will ascribe you $2500 total raised!
Want to gear up for this event?
Head over to AbMat's website to order your own Barbells For Bullies custom ABMAT!
"The whole point of this endeavor is to exemplify our mission of fostering a fit community that rallies around rescue and utilizes fitness as a method of engagement and awareness. Last year we wanted this to start conversations and engage people, i.e. 'hey, why are we trying to do a million sit ups?' 'Because that's how many dogs are killed every year in shelters.' We're hoping people will hear that and get in the fight, and start to volunteer, advocate, educate, adopt, foster, and do whatever else they can! This year, we want to celebrate the victories as we come up on 5 years of leveraging fitness to help As Many Rescues As Possible."
- Alex Castiglione, Founder, Barbells For Bullies
Sit Ups For Pups 2020
SIT UPS ACCUMULATED
AMRAPS: As Many Rescues As Possible
Our goal, as an organization, is to help AMRAP: As Many Rescues As Possible. Whether it's small rescues organizations around the US or rescue pups in need, we're here to help as many as we can. Regardless of breed, age, or location, we exist to fight for the underdog, and want to create a fit and socially conscientious community that rallies around rescue. Whether it involves a barbell or not, if it's about fitness and community, count us in.
We're here to make a difference, and let you know we all can make a difference. One random act of kindness at a time.