National Pit Bull Awareness Day is in October, and to celebrate these often misunderstood and maligned canines, several rescue organizations are gathering together on Saturday, Oct. 14 for a Pittie Palooza.

The free event takes places 10 a.m.-2 p.m. near the lower level west entrance of Metrocenter Mall, 9617 N. Metro Parkway W., near Sears. Participants include the Arizona Humane Society and Fix.Adopt.Save.

This free event will feature booths focused on the many services offered in the Valley for pet adoptions, affordable spay/neuter programs, vaccinations, volunteering/fostering, dog training, and more. There also will be Kids Zone activities and door prizes throughout the event. You can adopt a Pit Bull for just $20, get your Pit Bull vaccinated for free (while supplies last), get a free spay/neuter voucher (limited supply), and get pet ID tags for $5. You also can get your pet microchipped for just $20.

Come find your fur-ever friend while also helping dispel the myths about Pit Bulls. For more information, visit



Hello, North Central neighbor — thank you for visiting!

Sign up to receive our digital issue in your inbox each month.

We don’t spam! Read our privacy policy for more info.