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29 Jul 2014 07:26 PM EST

-by Yuliya Geikhman, Staff Writer; Image: American Pit Bull Terrier Puppy (Image Source: Rafael Castillo / miggslives on Wikimedia Commons)

Animal Care and Control is on a quest to educate people about pit bulls, a widely notorious and arguably misunderstood dog breed.

As part of their effort to bring awareness of the misconceptions surrounding the breed, AC&C will be holding a “Pit Bowl” event where guests can bowl and meet some of the animals.

The Pit Bowl will take place at New York’s Lucky Strike Lanes on 42nd Street on August 5. Originally the event was to be held until 9 p.m. but its popularity and support has prompted AC&C to add another hour, from 7 to 10 p.m. Bowling tickets at $35 a piece are already sold out, but “cheerleading” tickets are available for purchase from the AC&C site.

Co-sponsored by BarkBox and Lucky Strike, the Pit Bowl event will bring adoptable pit bulls and pit bull mixes to the bowling alley. Aside from bowling, appetizers and drinks will be available, as well as ping pong and pool in the Luxe Lounge and raffle prizes. Celebrity photographers Jason Howard and Getty Images’ Jamie McCarthy will be attending as well, to snap pictures of guests with the dogs.

Animal Care and Control takes in over 30,000 animals a year, of which thousands are pit bulls or pit mixes. Proceeds from this event will go to the Animal Care fund, which helps mistreated and neglected animals.

AC&C Executive Director Risa Weinstock said, as reported by CBS Global: “We want to get New Yorkers comfortable with the fact that there’s no one type of pit bull. That’s just a name. It’s not a breed, and there are many different shapes and sizes and they are terrific, terrific companion animals.”

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