Giving Tuesday is a global day for giving back that was created by the 92nd Street Y and United Nations Fund in 2012 with the goal of starting a movement around charitable giving at the beginning of the holiday season. In recent years, it has become one the most important revenue-generating days of the year for Best Friends Animal Society.
Best Friends has set a fundraising goal of $500,000 this year for Giving Tuesday, which also happens to be the day that kicks-off the annual Best Friends $2 million Holiday Match (thanks to a group of generous donors who create the match fund each fall).
Did you know that you can help raise funds for Best Friends on Facebook? Your friends, family, and followers can give to your fundraiser without ever leaving Facebook. Any gifts you raise will go directly to Best Friends, and best of all they’ll be matched! What could be better than that?
All you have to do is go to the Best Friends Facebook page, and click the blue button that says “Create Fundraiser”! You will be guided through the process and then your friends can donate right from Facebook. It’s so easy.
And of course, don’t forget to share with your friends on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter!
This post is sponsored by Purina. As always, 4 the Love of Animals only shares content we feel our readers will enjoy.
Two amazing charities, one big donation! Who will win? Well, both of them will, but it’s up to you to decide who gets the big prize! Purina is giving back to those who give so much. The $100,000 prize will be shared by two amazing organizations dedicated to supporting veterans and pets.
Dogs on Deployment’s mission is to give military members peace of mind concerning their pets during their service. It’s not just dogs, but all military pets can be helped through this program. So far they have helped 1013 military pets find the temporary homes they needed while their people are serving our country.
Pets for Vets is dedicated to supporting veterans and providing a second chance for shelter pets by rescuing, training and pairing them with America’s veterans who could benefit from a companion animal. Training may also include desensitization to wheel chairs or crutches as well as recognizing panic or anxiety disorder behaviors.
Now it’s up to you! The charity with the most votes will receive $75,000 and the second place charity will receive $25,000. To participate, visit www.pureloveforpets.com to vote for the charity of your choice.
I’m having such a hard time deciding who to vote for since they are both amazing. Which one will you choose? Go cast your vote at here!
Every summer animal agencies are inundated with calls from concerned citizens alerting us to dogs that have been left or locked in hot cars. It can take less than six minutes for a dog to suffer extreme heat exhaustion and die. It is imperative, that if you are leaving your dog in a car to make sure that that they have adequate shade, shelter and water. Even then, temperatures whilst in the shade can reach high levels that can still be extremely hazardous for your dog. The main problem for dogs is that they cool themselves by panting. If the air around them is too hot, and they don’t have access to water, dogs are physically unable to regulate their body temperature.
So what should you do if you are traveling with your dog in hot weather? Here, Don’t cook your dog gives a list of what you should always do when traveling with your dog in the car. First and foremost, think if it is really necessary to have your dog traveling with you in the car in the first place. If it is really hot and you don’t have air-conditioning in your car, then it is best to leave them at home or make alternative arrangements whilst you are traveling.
It is imperative that your dog has plenty of space and is sitting in the shade, if in direct sunlight then your dog will still be prone to overheating regardless if you have air conditioning or not. Finally, they must have access to cool water. Lastly be aware of common signs that your dog is suffering from heat exhaustion that include; panting, disorientation, excessive thirst, dark gums, vomiting, diarrhea and losing consciousness.
If your dog has begun to show signs that they are suffering from overheating, it is vital that you act quickly as to avoid any disastrous consequences. Immediately move them out of the sun and try and wrap them in cool, damp towels to bring their body temperature down, paying special attention to the head. Offer the dog cool water so they can take a small drink easily and if possible, try and cool their tongue with a damp cloth.
Finally call a vet immediately. Following these measures, then there is no reason that your dog should every be in a situation where they are suffering from heat exhaustion. Just ensure that you consider the necessary precautions and if it is really essential that your dog travels with you.
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The results are in for the 2016 wackiest name contest sponsored by Nationwide. Categories include both dogs & cats! Yeah!
Starting with the dogs: congratulations to “McLovin the Stud Muffin,” “Kanye Westie,” and “Angus Von Wigglebutton” earning them the top 3 spots.
For the cat division: the stakes are higher! From #1-#3 are “Agent Jack Meower,” “Shakespurr,” and “Meowmadeus,” respectively.
My personal favorite is the cat name “Sharkbait Hoo Haa Haa”.
You can see all of them here. What is your favorite?