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Deirdre Franklin Receives 2015 Wallace Award

Deirdre Franklin receives 2015 Wallace Award

January 16, 2015


Pit Bulletin Legal News (PBLN) is pleased to announce that the winner of the 2015 Wallace Award and recipient of a generous grant from the Wallace Foundation is the founder and driving force of Pinups for Pitbulls, Inc., Deirdre "Little Darling" Franklin.

PBLN's Kris Diaz presented the Wallace Award to Deirdre at the Dec. 5th release party for the 2016 Pinups for Pitbulls calendar in Philadelphia, PA. 

Tirelessly advocating for dogs

Every year, Deirdre works both personally and through her group throughout the country, educating people on the devastating affects of breed discriminatory laws, as well as responsible dog ownership. A champion of the human-canine bond, Deirdre travels to many events where this sort of information is not usually presented, such as Comic Cons and tattoo conventions, in addition to many pet expos and adoption events. In this way, Deirdre is able to reach a remarkable number of people to create awareness of the issues surrounding breed discriminatory laws.


Through her organization's beautifully orchestrated calendars that pair pinup style photography with gorgeous dogs, the dogs and people who are helping change things for the good have a chance to be highlighted and recognized for their work.

Deirdre also brings knowledge to her advocacy, having earned her Masters degree in public policy and written her thesis on breed discriminatory laws. The research and knowledge she gained during this process marries educational depth to the entertainment provided by her organization.

Additionally, in 2015, Little Darling's Pinups for Pitbulls reached the shelves of Barnes & Nobles and the subsequent book tour garnered attention to these issues that might not have otherwise reached people.

Over all, every year, Deirdre reaches thousands upon thousands of people, bringing positivity and change.

Learn More About Deirdre Franklin

Deirdre Franklin

PBLN presents this annual award to the individual that brings the most positive attention to pit-bull-type dogs and generates an atmosphere of change throughout the year. Past winners are Rebecca Corey, Lori Weiss, and, of course, Wallace.

List of 2015 Wallace Award Nominees

PBLN faced an exceptionally tough decision in choosing the 2015 Wallace Award Recipient! The 2015 nominees were:

  • Steffan Baldwin, Ohioans Against Breed Discrimination, Animal Cruelty Task Force of Ohio, featured "Softie" for Baltimore's Animal Advocacy Campaign
  • Linda McBee, Hampton Roads Hounds for Heroes
  • Jim Wegner, DFW Rescue Me
  • Michael Loring, Spectrum Dog Training
  • Craig Fields, New York Bully Crew
  • Valerie Bruder, photographer
  • Niki Richer, behaviorist at the Toronto Humane Society
  • Terry Hodskins, Michigan Pit Bull Education Project
  • Shannon Glenn, advocate/My Pit Bull Is Family
  • Kim Wolf, Ruff Riders/Beyond Breed
  • Rich Frejomil, trainer, and Rocky, his canine assistant
  • Jason Flatt, Friends to the Forlorn Pitbull Rescue
  • Deirdre Franklin, Pinups for Pitbulls
  • Ledy Vankavage, Best Friends
  • Bronwen Dickey, author
  • Josh Feeney, photographer & advocate
  • Arin Greenwood, writer for Huffington Post
  • Everest, therapy dog
  • Jojo, service dog
  • Mac the Pitbull
  • Roosevelt, canine advocate & inspiration
  • BAD RAP