TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV)– October is not only a month to celebrate Halloween, but also Pitbull awareness.

National Pitbull Awareness Month is designed to change perceptions and stereotypes about bully breed dogs. Some ways to celebrate Pitbull awareness include showing love, educating young people about the breed and sharing positive stories.

Executive Director of the Terre Haute Humane Society Charles Brown said it’s time to leave the stereotype behind.

“They can definitely be a challenge to adopt and not always because of their temperament. Just because of the persona that some of them carry,” Brown said. “Getting over those preconceived notions the people have. And talking about what a great family dogs they make, what good companions they make. Personally I have two Pitbulls and they are fantastic dogs.”

The concept of Pitbull Awareness Month started in 2007, by a rescue and education group ‘Bless the Bullys which is located in Tennessee.