FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) - Fort Wayne Pitbull Coalition was started in 2010 to provide resources to the community to help pitbulls stay in their home. Since then, they’ve turned into a rescue as well.
Megan Close with the pitbull coalition says COVID-19 shut down their adoption program because they couldn’t properly social distance
"That didn't affect us as much as all of our fundraisers being canceled. So, we've lost about four fundraisers already this year that we usually have," Close said.
For them, those fundraisers are a large chunk of money they need to keep their programs going and provide resources for the pitbulls who live in foster homes.
Close explained, "Over the past three days, I’ve had about ten different people contact me about dogs that need to be rehomed."
This weekend, the community is stepping up to help them.
Copper Canyon is putting on a Battle of the Bands on Saturday, July 11, to benefit the pitbull coalition.
For $5, you can go see six local bands play live music, enjoy food and drinks for purchase, and using donations, you can vote on which band is the best.
For Christopher Beyer of The Paper Heart and Kristofer Collier of The Kickbacks, two of the bands performing this weekend, say it’s nice to get back to doing gigs after the pandemic while helping the community.
"Honestly, it feels really good, especially for what this is. All of the bands, we’re really close with each other. It’s just playing with friends," Beyer said. "We do a lot of benefits, that’s something that we were never shy of doing, so we pretty much say yes to all of them. We love to do benefits and help out the community and be involved," Collier added.
All of the proceeds, besides a portion of the alcohol sales, will go to help the Fort Wayne Pitbull Coalition and make up for some of the lost donations due to the pandemic to help turn life around for some pitbulls.
Close said, "It's been amazing the support from the community, both the music community and the restaurant community, and other businesses have come the others say let's do something fun."
If you plan to attend the event, you're encouraged to wear a mask, practice social distancing if possible, and leave your pets at home since there will be some adoptable dogs on site.
More information can be found on the event Facebook page.