One of the by-products of being a part of a popular television show like Animal Planet‘s “Pit Bulls and Parolees” is the opportunity to bring the messages of animal cruelty prevention and improved understanding of the oft-maligned Pit Bull breed to the masses through public appearances.
On Friday, January 23, at least one of the show’s primary cast — parolee Richard ‘Sui’ Gordon — will make an evening-long appearance at the Straight Line Stitch concert at Houston’s BFE Rock Club. The concert will feature a fundraiser to provide needed help for abused animals in the Houston area. The following night, headliner Straight Line Stitch and touring bands Dead Horse Trauma and Bellusira will perform at 18th Street Pier Bar & Grill in San Leon, and the fundraiser will continue on Saturday.
“At events like this, people often tell me they never thought about interacting with a Pit Bull before they saw the show,” said Sui, explaining that the show and the team’s public appearances allow the staff to help bring understanding to a very misunderstood breed. “(People often) think Pit Bulls are all about fighting and (they’re) aggressive, but they’re really very sweet dogs. They’re not even the most aggressive dog breed.”
While Sui will be in Houston, other cast members will be in Texas as well, including Villalobos Rescue Center founder Tia Torres, who will be making an appearance in Austin the same weekend. Sui said that other cast member who are making various appearances may be able to make the Houston concert, including ex-parolee Earl Moffett and Tia’s daughter Mariah Torres.
Another key mission of the “Pit Bulls and Parolees” show is to help increase the number of adoptions at Torres’ New Orleans shelter, which is the largest Pit Bull shelter in the U.S.
“We have almost 500 dogs and we really need help,” said Sui. “The adoption process is kind of strict, but if you’re a real dog lover, it will work out for you. We also do tours and people come from all over. What I notice about the show is that parents come up and they are fans because their kids are fans. These kids from around eight to about 15 love animals. They don’t really understand the parolee part, and they don’t really care about that, they just love animals and love the show.”
“We’re grateful for John (Janatsch) putting this event together, and we’re going to be there rocking out with people who love the show and who want to help stop animal cruelty,” said Sui.
BFE Rock Club
11528 Jones Road
Houston, TX 77070
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Also confirmed to attend:
Joseph ‘Skrappy’ Cauthron and Reach Down Radio
Trixie Gynn and her TV show “Custom Trends” as seen on Fox 26
Some of the Stars of Booker T’s “Reality of Wrestling” including Stevie Ray from Harlem Heat and The NWO
18th Street Pier Bar & Grill
101 18th Street
San Leon, TX 77539
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