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Memorialize your pet with Pet Perennials

When our sweet bird passed away we buried her in a pretty place in our garden. Sadly, our dog passed away just a few months later from cancer. We decided to create a garden around her burial spot as well. Now thanks to Pet Perennials we have even more gorgeous flowers to add to both garden spots!

Pet Perennials memorial kit

Pet Perennials helps you memorialize your sweet pet by planting perennial seeds in your garden. It’s not just seeds that you get, it is a kit so you can create your own seed wafers. I really enjoyed making the seed wafers myself. It was nice to think about both of our recently departed pets as I put the seeds together into the planting matrix. There was both happiness and sadness as I thought about where we will place our cute little paw prints and hearts. I look forward to seeing the plants bloom and attract butterflies and hummingbirds to the garden.

Pet Perennials kit

If you have cremains you can include this in your seeds. We didn’t have any since we bury our pets, but I love the thought that you can include your pet in the garden in a very literal way.

We are adding our plantings to our pet’s burial spots, but you could choose their favorite spot in the yard, or anywhere else that you want to be reminded of your pet.

The kit would be such a lovely gift to give to someone who is grieving the loss of their pet. It’s such a beautiful way to create a remembrance. Pet Perennials also has the option to have your wafers made instead of doing it yourself, and they have charming pet cards and stationary as well.

We truly loved everything about the kit, and the process of making our wafers. I can’t wait for them to grow!

*Pet Perennials provided us with a kit for our review. As always, our opinions are our own.

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Free Microchip Clinic to Commemorate Five-Year Anniversary of Joplin Tornad

Joplin Humane Society, ASPCA Host Adoption Event and Free Microchip Clinic to Commemorate Five-Year Anniversary of Joplin Tornado

photo credit: ASPCA
photo credit: ASPCA

“Paws in the Park” adoption event held at Parr Hill Park as part of Joplin Proud events

This Saturday, the Joplin Humane Society and ASPCA® (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) will hold an adoption event and free microchip clinic to coincide with the five-year anniversary of the 2011 Joplin tornado. The event—called “Paws in the Park”—is part of Joplin Proud, four days of events to recognize the progress made since the disaster hit and decimated a third of the community.

WHEN: Saturday, May 21
11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
*Microchip clinic will end at 2 p.m.

WHERE: Parr Hill Park, Joplin, Mo.

WHAT: The ASPCA and Joplin Humane Society will provide free microchipping for all pet owners on a first-come, first-serve basis. The Joplin Humane Society will also have animals available for adoption. All animals available for adoption have been microchipped, spayed/neutered and vaccinated. Pet ID tags donated by the ASPCA will be available for adopters and pet owners. All pets are welcome at the event and should be leashed and current on vaccinations.

WHY: Of the 1,300 animals displaced or lost after the 2011 tornado, fewer than five percent were microchipped. While the ASPCA was able to reunite 500 of the animals with their owners in the month following the tornado, 800 remained unclaimed. The ASPCA and Joplin Humane Society found new homes for the 800 remaining cats and dogs during a two-day adoption event hosted in late June.

“It was incredibly challenging to reunite the lost pets with their owners,” said Tim Rickey, a Joplin native and vice president of ASPCA Field Investigation and Response. “We hope the community will learn from this tragedy and get their pet’s microchipped. It could be their ticket home if they become lost or disaster strikes again.”

As a result of disasters such as the Joplin tornado, the ASPCA has created a mobile app that allows users to store critical pet records required to board pets at evacuation shelters, provides customized steps to search for lost pets, and includes a check-list of actions to take before, during and after a disaster.

photo credit: ASPCA
photo credit: ASPCA
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Smooches for Pooches campaigns help shelter pets find true love!

Picture Me @ Home’ provides animal shelters with turnkey marketing campaigns to help increase adoptions, community support and donations in February! And just look at how cute these pets are! Who wouldn’t fall in love with them?!

Picture Me At Home - Smooches for Pooches

Animal shelters need to get their kissable critters ready! The “Picture Me @ Home” project created by nonprofit Photographers for Animals and Paws PR, released a series of February themed campaigns to help animal shelters find permanent homes for their adoptable animals.

The “Smooches for Pooches: Kissing Booth” campaign provides marketing materials for a kissing booth featuring adoptable pups in public places. Bringing animals out of the shelter and into the community is a sure way to get attention for the animal shelter and adoptable dogs—not to mention the fundraising opportunity to charge for a smooch.

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The “Meet Your Match: Shelter Speed Dating” campaign invites adopters to meet a variety of animals (and species!) for a quick five minute meet-and-greet in a comfortable setting. This campaign gives animals who are regularly overlooked a chance to shine!

February is Adopt a Rescue Rabbit Month, and a chance to educate the public about what great pets rabbits make—did you know rabbits can be litterbox trained? Or that people who are allergic to cats and dogs usually aren’t allergic to rabbits? This themed month helps draws needed attention to the third largest population in shelters.

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Finally, animal shelters can celebrate Leap Day (February 29) with a “Leaping Lizards” campaign. Reptiles are always in style, but the local community may not know that animal shelters regularly have snakes, lizards, turtles and more available for adoption.

“It’s important for animal shelters to show they have a sense of humor, and they are fun places to be — and be adopted from,” says Elizabeth Putsche, Photographers for Animals executive director. “Picture Me @ Home campaigns take advantage of the seasons and holidays — and tie adopting animals into whatever the community is talking about.”

Each campaign includes clear actions steps, templates for press releases/media advisories, social media share graphics, flyers, and more.

For more information and to get materials for your rescue group visit

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