Category Archives: rescues

It’s Deaf Dog Awareness Week

Did you know that it is Deaf Dog Awareness Week? Did you also know that Dalmatians are most likely to be deaf, in fact 30% of Dalmatians are born deaf in either one or both ears.

Today we would like to introduce you to TN Safety Spotters! This group is made up of rescues that are trained with American Sign Language and hand commands. They are then trained to become registered therapy dogs.

I didn’t know this, but the Dalmatian Club of American mandates euthanasia of all deaf pups. How truly sad. Luckily Safety Spotters is working hard to set an example of what they are capable of IF given a chance. They have changed the minds of many Dalmatian breeders and hope to continue with this difficult task.

Deaf Dalmatians can do anything hearing ones can except hear with their ears! They hear with their hearts!

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American Authors – Best Day Of My Life (Dog Version)

This has to be the best music video ever. Not only a great song, there is an adorable bulldog in it, and the best part? It shares the adopt/rescue message!

American Authors have teamed up with BarkBox to create this super cute puppy love inspired video for “Best Day of My Life”, and that’s not all! Every single bulldog that gets rescued in September and October gets three free months of BarkBox and a full free year of BarkCare, their 24/7 vet service!! Now, if that doesn’t make you love a song even more, I don’t know what will.

Enjoy the video, and hey, why not give American Authors a like on Facebook too and leave them a big THANK YOU for helping the rescue dogs!

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Shelter Appreciation Week

National Shelter Appreciation Week is November 4-10. Help spread the word by supporting your local shelter with a “Shelter Drive-by”!

What is a Shelter Drive-by? Simple!

  • Take a few minutes before your next grocery store trip and look online at the wish list of one of your local shelters. Double check that the shelter is a 501(c)3 non-profit.
  • While you are at the store, purchase one or two items from the wish list, and grab what you can from home as well! Things like paper towels, cleaning supplies and garbage bags are often on shelter wish lists.
  • After your shopping trip, simply drop them off at the shelter on your way home. Snap a photo of your drive by!

Doing a drive by could help your shelter win a donation of up to $1,000!

To be in the running, simply post about your donation and mention the Iams Home 4 the Holidays program on your blog. Then share your post on the Iams Home 4 the Holidays Shelter Drive-by blog hop on November 11-17. Let’s help get 100 blogs in the blog hop so BlogPaws can donate $1,000 to Rescue Ink – plus, one entrant from the blog hop will be chosen for a $1,000 donation!

Let’s give some social media love to our local shelters and give the shelters a chance to win a donation, all the while supporting Iams Home 4 the Holidays!

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Busch Gardens Tampa Bay welcomes a baby white rhinoceros!

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay welcomes its seventh baby white rhino since 2004. The adorable baby, a female, will join other rhinos in the 26-acre white rhino habitat on Busch Gardens’ Serengeti Plain.

The baby is the second calf born to mother Kisiri and the seventh calf born to father Tambo. Busch Gardens has celebrated a total of seventh white rhino births since October 2004. The new baby weighed an estimated 140 pounds at the time of the birth. The newborn – who has yet to be named – will gain approximately four pounds each day until it reaches an adult weight of approximately 3,500 to 4,000 pounds.

Busch Gardens participates in the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) Species Survival Plan (SSP) to ensure genetic diversification among threatened and endangered animals in zoological facilities. The birth brings the total white and black rhino population at the adventure park to eight.

Kisiri, Tambo and another female white rhino were airlifted from Kruger National Park in South Africa in 2001 through the efforts of the International Rhino Foundation (IRF), a non-profit organization dedicated to the protection of rhinos. Fewer than 15,000 white rhinos remain in the wild, and approximately 200 live in zoological facilities across North America.

Since its inception in 2003, The SeaWorld & Busch Gardens Conservation Fund has granted $7 million USD to more than 500 projects in the U.S. and around the world, including $194,000 USD grants to rhino conservation projects. The Fund was created by SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment and is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable foundation dedicated to supporting environmental and wildlife conservation initiatives.

Photos by Matt Marriott/Busch Gardens Tampa Bay

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Iams Home 4 the Holidays Special Event

We are excited to be hosting a very special Iams Home 4 the Holidays event on our blog for the next 7 days! Are you ready for this? For each heartwarming adoption story shared in this comment thread Iams will donate 10 meals to shelter pets! That’s right! Just share your adoption stories and you will be helping animals that are waiting for their forever homes.

There are other ways you can help too!

Join the Digital Dish Drive – New this year, Iams will feature a different dog and cat available for adoption on the Iams Facebook page (, beginning Oct. 1, and during scheduled “feeding” times each day, every “Like” or “Share” will result in a meal donation to a participating shelter. You will see adorable pets like Berry (in the photo above). Cute photos and helping shelter animals? A win win if you ask me!
Iams Lifelong Rewards – Join the Iams community by mobile sign up at or at a participating pet adoption center when you adopt your new family member. For every sign up, Iams will donate food to a homeless pet awaiting adoption.
Bags 4 Bowls – For every specially marked package of Iams pet food purchased during the campaign, Iams will donate one bowl of food to a participating Iams Home 4 the Holidays animal organization.
Find Adoptable Pets Near You – To find a participating animal shelter or rescue near you, visit

What are you waiting for? Share those adorable, heartwarming, adoptions stories in the comment section below! Let’s donate an amazing amount of meals to shelter pets in need. Spread the word too, the more people we have sharing stories this week, the more pets we can help feed. Be quick, we only have until October 12, 2012!

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