The Shelter Pet Project

Did you know that every year, of the 8 million dogs and cats that enter animal shelters, 3 million of these healthy and treatable pets are euthanized? It is such a sad statistic, you can read even more about the shelter pet statistics and why you should adopt a shelter dog here.

Luckily, The Shelter Pet Project hopes to change this! This new campaign, sponsored by The Humane Society of the United States, Maddie’s Fund, and the Ad Council, hopes to reverse this trend and find homes for these homeless, lovable pets.

The campaign has one unified goal, to increase pet adoption. They hope to reach the 17 million people who plan on getting a new pet this year, letting them know that shelters are the first and best place to find animal companions. The Shelter Pet Project has an awesome website with some great pet adoption resources, and you can easily search for your new best friend on The Shelter Pet Project homepage..

Here is one of the great PSAs that The Shelter Pet Project has out. You might even recognize the star of the video, Instagram famous rescue pup, Toast. Be sure to spread the word to all your friends, and let’s help make adoption the first option!

How can you help? Share this video with your friends. Like your local shelter or humane society on Facebook and share the adoptable pets they post. And of course, when you are looking for your own pet, please check shelters first!

Leap Day is Friskies Plus Day!


Friskies is declaring February 29 “Friskies Plus Day”! If you in the Hollywood Boulevard area, be sure to stop by and see the 10-foot tall, 6-foot wide Friskies Plus Canstruction sculpture that will stand on Hollywood Boulevard for one day only – Friskies Plus Day.

The amazing Canstructure will feature thousands of cans of Friskies Plus, all of which will be donated to three Los Angeles cat rescue organization after Wednesday’s event. Friskies will donate the cans used to build the Friskies Plus Catstruction to three Los Angeles based cat rescue organizations; The Lange Foundation, Kitt Crusaders and Kitten Rescue each will receive thousands of cans of Friskies Plus. Combined, these organizations help 2,400 cats each year. Representatives from each foundation were on site to see the Friskies Plus Catstruction and receive an honorary can symbolizing the donations.

“We are thrilled to celebrate Friskies Plus Day nationwide with cat lovers,” said Kamila Nelson, Assistant Brand Manager for Friskies. “We hope to enhance the lives of cats and help support organizations that help shelter cats live happy, healthy lives before they’re adopted into new homes, and do it in a fun way with our giant Friskies Plus Catstruction.”

Also on Friskies Plus Day, the Friskies Facebook page will house an 8-hour long celebration (noon to 8 p.m. EST) where fans can win extras for their cats, which will include toys, coupons and more.

SPCA

The SPCA does some amazing work on behalf of our animal friends all over the globe. They have many wonderful programs, one of which helps both animals and people. Imagine being a soldier on the battlefield and finding comfort and friendship in a dog. Then imagine knowing that you will have to leave that dog behind, in awful conditions. Operation Baghdad Pups provides veterinary care and coordinates complicated logistics and transportation requirements in order to reunite these beloved pets with their service men and women back in the U.S.A. With the work that the SPCA does, soldiers who connect with animals in war zones, often get the chance to reconnect with them when they return home from service.

We think this is an amazing mission! Get a tissue handy, because this video will touch your hearts.

To learn more about Operation Baghdad Pups, and the SPCA, please visit their website at http://www.spcai.org/baghdad-pups.html. And just a note to all you cat lovers out there, they have rescued cats as well! See all the success stories here.

DOGTOWN: Tales of Rescue, Rehabilitation, and Redemption

DogTown coverI recently got a copy of DogTown: Tales of Rescue, Rehabilitation, and Redemption for review on this site. I was so excited to check it out because the show, DogTown, from National Geographic, is so great, I just knew the book would be too.

I was not disappointed at all! Be sure to have tissues handy, because if you love dogs, your bound to shed a few tears. You will also be uplifted by the spirit of the dogs, and those who work with them.

The book features stories of 15 different dogs at DogTown, which is part of the Best Friends Animal Society located in Angel Canyon (Kanab, Utah). Each dog story is so unique, and if you watch the show you may recognize some of the dogs in the book!

As you read, you will learn their stories, what life is like at DogTown, and more about the relationship between the dog and the DogTown staff. There are also essays about animal health and behavior. It’s not just a great book about dogs, it’s also educational.

So many of the dogs at DogTown come from situations where other people thought there was no saving them. A prime example is the story of Georgia, a dog rescued from the Michael Vick dog fighting ring. You will get to know a dog named Rush who came from a war zone in Lebanon, Tuffy who came from a hoarder yet never lost his spunk, and a touching story of a fluffy dog named Bruno, and his last days at Dogtown. Each dog has seen so much, but with the love and support of those working on their behalf, miracles do happen and the dogs learn to trust again. It’s a great work that they are doing, and a wonderful book honoring them.

DogTown: Tales of Rescue, Rehabilitation, and Redemption is a perfect gift idea for the dog lover in your life. It was one of those books that was impossible to put down, and one that is going to stay with me forever. We have always been supporters of Best Friends Animal Society, but after reading this book about DogTown, we know without a doubt that there is something amazing about them! You can find the book wherever books are sold.

Adoptable: Molly and Coco

molly and coco small Meet Molly the Lurcher and Coco the Labrador, two fine ladies who are 10 and 8 years old. Sadly they had to be taken to the Margaret Green Animal Rescue Centre at Lincoln Farm when their elderly owner passed away and the family were unable to care for them any longer. Our staff are very keen for them to be homed together as they are so attached having always lived with each other. Coco the Labrador is also blind and although she copes well she does rely on Molly for some help.

Molly and Coco would be best suited to a calm home and perhaps with a retired couple. They are both very well behaved in the house and, although a little older in years, they are in fine fettle and enjoy long walks. Coco’s blindness causes her few problems once she has sorted out where everything is and she still loves to play with her activity ball.

They are both such gentle dogs with lovely natures who are being overlooked because of their age and Coco’s disability. If you think you could offer this pair of lovely doggies the home they deserve please contact Lincoln Farm on 01929 471340.

The Sanctuary for Senior Dogs

The Sanctuary for Senior Dogs, in Cleveland, OH is a wonderful organization! They take in older dogs and try to find them homes. The Sanctuary for Senior Dogs makes a lifelong commitment to the dogs they rescue. so even if the dog is too ill or too poorly socialized to be adopted into a loving home, that dog stays with an experienced Sanctuary foster caregiver for life.

shelterchallenge

There has been a big upswing in the number of loving, older dogs, being given up. It’s heartwarming to know that there is a specific rescue that is trying to help older dogs. Right now they are part of the Shelter Challenge on The Animal Rescue Site! I would encourage you all to go and cast a vote for The Sanctuary for Senior dogs, and remember that you can vote daily.

When you go to vote for the first time you will need to search for them by name, and state. Remember, they operate out of Ohio. After you have voted once, when you return there will be a vote button showing you who you last voted for. Please help them win so they can continue to help older dogs.