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The Unexpected Pit Bull is a not-for-profit organization that creates, markets, and sells merchandise celebrating pit bull dogs. We donate 100% of our net profits to pit bull rescue, education, and advocacy organizations in need of support.

The Unexpected Pit Bull was founded in 2004 when a small group of volunteers pooled their vision, resources and talents to produce the first edition of The Unexpected Pit Bull Calendar. Their mission was simple, to raise money for animal welfare organizations while showing the world what they already knew; That pit bull dogs are cherished family companions just like any other dog. The Unexpected Pit Bull celebrates these wonderful dogs and gives them a positive visual voice. As the photographs and stories in our calendars prove, pit bull dogs are exceptional friends and companions. With the aid of dedicated volunteers and you, this project has been a hit year after year with each calendar edition improving upon the previous year's sales, reach, and impact. Today, The Unexpected Pit Bull remains steadfast in its commitment to rescue, education, and advocacy on behalf of pit bull dogs.


By illustrating stories of pit bull dogs sharing their lives with a variety of people and animals, we hope to inspire a better understanding and appreciation of these dogs and combat the negative stereotype held against them.

In doing so, our aim is to:

  • Keep pit bull dogs with the people who love them—and far away from the ones who don’t.
  • Fund pit bull specific legal, rescue, advocacy, and education initiatives throughout North America.
  • Create calendars that communicate the unexpected surprise, delight, and satisfaction that comes with loving pit-bull dog ownership.



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Animal Farm Foundation has been rescuing and re-homing animals, as well as making grants to other humane organizations, since the mid-1980's. We currently dedicate our resources to securing equal treatment and opportunity for "pit bull" dogs. Whether the dog is called a "pit bull" because of a documented pedigree, or merely on the basis of physical appearance, recognizing that these dogs are individuals for whom we are responsible is an integral step toward a compassionate future for all dogs. It doesn’t matter if we are assisting one dog at a time, or hundreds of dogs from a single case, we remain focused on the needs of each individual dog. To truly rescue a dog, we must see the dog for who he is and what he needs to thrive. If we dwell on the dog’s past, we will stifle the dog’s future. Visit Website


Earth Rated Logo Earth Rated is a company of passionate dog owners that has proudly been supporting shelters and rescues since we first launched as a dog waste bag company in 2010. A number of our team dogs were adopted and it is a cause that is very close to our hearts. We are continually striving to come up with new and exciting ways to collaborate with the rescue community and we are proud to support The Unexpected Pit Bull Calendar. Visit Website