DALEVILLE — Stephanie Coomer is changing the lives of "bully" dog breeds one owner at a time.
“No matter how long it takes, we are making a difference,” she said. “This year it may be for only 10 dogs, but for those 10 dogs — it changed everything.”
Coomer, president and founder of Project Bully Indiana formed the not-for-profit organization, at 12220 S. County Road 500 West in Daleville, to promote education and advocacy for responsible pet ownership and adoption.
“We bring the other side of animal welfare to this area. We are not a rescue, but we advocate for the breed and are working for lots of services for the community and its pet owners,” Coomer said.
Project Bully Indiana strives to create equality and safety for every breed, spread education about pet over-populations, teaching responsible pet ownership and encouraging the community to adopt shelter pets.
Coomer also wants to work with the community’s youth to create strong responsible leaders for the future, bring affordable and free spay or neuter services to the community and fight breed-specific legislation.The organization offers dog food and assistance to foster homes for shelter dogs if a request is sent by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
“I think that there is a major need for what we do here. I think the people do not know there is help out there, and we will be there for them, and for the dogs,” Coomer said.
There are eight members on the organization's board.
“All of our members have a deep-rooted passion for the pit bull and bully breeds due to the adversity they face and our experiences,” Coomer said. “We want to see the day when the stigma over pit bulls is gone, and people see them for the amazing, loyal pets they truly are and recognize that the true monster is at the other end of the leash.”