of this year will mark the tenth anniversary that the federal government officially green-lighted the release of the dogs
seized from Michael Vick's infamous dog fighting operations to new beginnings. Ten years!
So much has changed for the better since the dogs showed us that rescued pit bulls deserve a chance to be seen as individuals and whenever possible, welcomed into caring homes.
To honor this historic anniversary, we're giving
a very special gift to one lucky Animal Shelter.
Please help us decide which one!
All summer long, BADRAP co-founder and celebrated sculptor Tim Racer has been busy carving
a portrait of beloved 'Vick dog' and Poster Boy Jonny Justice
. Our goal is to identify an animal shelter who will 'adopt' his finished carving and give it a permanent home and special place of honor. This is a truly special gift.
Tim's museum quality dog portraits are carved in the traditional old world Carousel style and are highly sought after by celebrated dogs lovers and collectors of fine art.Tim Racer Gallery »
Creating a life size likeness of Jonny Justice will take hundreds of hours. It's a labor of love and a way to keep the Vick dog legacy alive long after the last survivor passes on from old age. Please help decide where Jonny's tribute should live! Photo below: 'Sally' was BADRAP's founding dog. Her legacy lives on in our organization's mission and in Tim's carving. Forever with us!
Top 13The top 13 winners
with clear, high res
photos will appear in the calendar, will receive a complimentary calendar and an autographed copy of the now famous Sports Illustrated
edition that first announced the Good News out of Bad Newz Kennels. History!
Grand Prize: Jonny Justice!The shelter dog photo with the most votes
will win the Jonny Justice carving for his or her animal shelter and the cover of the 2018 Shelter Dog Celebration Calendar produced by BADRAP.
2nd Prize: Pit Ed Camp!
The shelter represented by the second place winner will win a custom designed ‘Pit Ed Camp' for four staff members and/or volunteers with BADRAP team and founders. Includes three nights in BR's guest cabin, instruction, materials, participation in BR's classes and public outreach event, light meals/snacks. Participants must provide own transport to Oakland, CA.
Banner photo of Jonny at the Rescue Barn: Mark Rogers