Pinups for Pitbulls
May 15, 2013 — Public policy graduate student Deirdre Franklin is giving pit bulls a better name through her non-profit organization Pinups for Pitbulls. Founded in 2005, the pooch-friendly 501(c)(3) fights pit bull stereotypes by educating people on the history and disposition of the breed, while shedding light on breed-specific legislation and discriminatory laws.
“The best part about my job is getting to be a voice for those who cannot speak,” says Franklin, president and founder of the non-profit. “I put myself through the public policy [master’s] program at Drexel so that I could become an even more effective voice for dogs—and for animals, in general.”
Franklin started the organization after breed-specific legislation passed in Denver ordering animal control agencies to collect and euthanize registered pit bulls and related breeds from peoples’ homes.
“These weren’t dogs that had created harm or foul,” Franklin points out, “they were just born as pit-bull-type dogs.”
Since the organization’s launch, Pinups for Pitbulls has grown exponentially. Its ever-popular annual pinup calendar, a hot-ticket fundraising item for the org, was recently featured on CBS Philly Eyewitness News. The calendar showcases the loveable canines alongside dog owners and advocates, with proceeds benefiting pit bull breeds, rescue organizations and breed-discrimination education programs.
“When I first started PFPB, I wanted to make a pinup calendar in order to create awareness,” says Franklin. “I never thought it would grow the way it has, nor did I think that people cared like I did about dogs. I was very happy to learn that I was wrong.”
Deirdre Franklin will graduate from Drexel’s public policy master’s program next month. She plans to continue her work with Pinups for Pitbulls, facilitating change and educating people around the world about the breed—remaining a lifetime advocate for the furry friends she calls family.
For more information about Pinups for Pitbulls, visit their website.