Today, July 15, 2012, bloggers and blog readers are blogging about a big event that will occur on Monday, July 23rd. The event? Bloggers Unite for Dog Rescue. We are asking all dog bloggers to participate in a special online global event designed to bring attention to dog rescues. BTC4animals.com is proud to partner with Blog Catalog, Dog Rescue Success and YOU to harness a global online community to help save the lives of dogs in need.
Every day dog bloggers bring attention to a variety of animal issues – puppy mills, dog health issues, pet safety, missing dogs, Breed Specific Legislation and pet adoption. On July 23rd, we are asking all dog bloggers to bring attention to the importance of dog rescues and dog adoption.
As consumers we make decisions that impact the lives of animals every day, but perhaps the one that has the most impact is the one we make when we first choose to get a pet. Buy or adopt? That is always the question.
Four million cats and dogs—about one every eight seconds—is put down in U.S. shelters each year. Only 20-30% of the homes in the United States have a dog that was adopted from a shelter or a rescue. (The rest are coming from someplace else – responsible breeders, backyard breeders, puppy mills, and pet stores; but the majority of them come from a family friend or neighbor who chose to breed their dog or who’s dog became pregnant when they got out of the yard.)
As dog bloggers, we can bring attention to this issue, educate people on the the importance of pet adoption and encourage them to adopt from a local rescue. There are so many wonderful rescues out there who do such good work, and most them do it with very little funds. Thankfully, many of them have a small core of dedicated volunteers who are willing to foster, train, promote, vet and care for these dogs. Without these rescues so many more dogs would die.
Let’s give these unsung heroes the recognition they deserve! Join us on July 23rd as we Unite for Dog Rescue.
Tell others! Post this to Facebook and Twitter:
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- Blog about a Dog Rescue related topic on July 23rd, 2012
- Add one of the badges below to your blog and help spread the word
- Interested in adopting a companion? Visit Petfinder or The Shelter Project.
- Donate to a local dog rescue organization
- Foster a dog
- Volunteer at a local shelter or rescue organization
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I’ll be honest. I had forgotten about Blog The Change For Animals. I had forgotten that today, January 15th, was the day to blog about something that mattered to me. So, when I saw that others had already posted their blogs sharing their Blog The Change topic, I felt guilty. I have so many other things I need to get done today. “I guess I’ll just miss another one of these Blog The Change For Animals deadlines”, I thought. (sigh)
But, then I saw Karen’s blog post “Blog The Change For Animals – Why Bother?” out on Twitter and decided to read it. Wow. Powerful stuff. Yup. There are times when I feel the same way. Why bother? What good does it do to blog when people will still continue to treat pets like commodities? Or, to buy pets on the spur of the moment and later discard them with such ease, like they just bought a purse, instead of a living breathing thing? It can be so frustrating.
The truth is that sometimes it’s easier not to care or to even try, but I know personally of several people who did change after reading one of my blog posts (e.g., A Letter from a Shelter Manager). So change can happen. It just takes perseverance, time… and patience. Lots of it.
I recently had a fellow volunteer from our animal shelter (the one that closed down on December 31st, 2010) ask all of us volunteers this question “If you were to write a mission statement about yourself (in regards to animal rescue) – what would it be?” Hmmm…. What a great question. Since our shelter closed, I have been floundering around trying to decide what to do next. I’ve been exploring rescue groups, looking at volunteering at other shelters, etc. but nothing has quite appealed to me… except one. Here is my response, “Fighting puppy mills and rehabbing puppy mill dogs.”
So today, I am going to do something I’ve never done before I’m going to move beyond blogging the change and go out and do something I have been wanting to do for some time. Protest at a Petland Store. If you would like to join me, please do so. Here is the information. From what I hear, they are peaceful and focus on informing folks vs. confronting them.
After that, I am going to start focusing on my “blood pup” campaign. I’ll write about it, promote it, and do whatever I can to educate folks on puppy mills and the dogs they buy from pet stores, this includes online pet stores.
Change doesn’t happen unless all of us get involved – and I’m not just talking about animals either. Everyone has a cause or issue that they are passionate about. How often do they take action on that issue? What do they actually DO besides talk about it to their friends and family about it? Maybe today should be a BE THE CHANGE kind of day. A day when each one of us does one thing to help our cause. What do you think? Are you in?
My Blog The Change for Animals happened after all. Thanks Karen! You motivated me!
I did it! I made it to my first Petland Protest! I am so glad I did too. I met some terrific people, including a woman who has a puppy mill dog of her own. As luck would have it, the mall security, where the Petland is located in St Paul, won’t let the group protest on the property. They delegated us to the huge snowbanks in front of the mall. I think the joke was on them though because we actually were more visible to incoming and outgoing traffic since we were elevated and so close to the road. Thanks Mall Security! We had over 50 people honk, wave or give the thumbs up sign and we educated one woman who stopped to ask questions. We might have frozen are arse’s off, but I feel good doing it. Next month, Shakopee!
Here’s a few pics from our protest.
Here’s a few pics from our protest today.
Yesterday, two fabulous blogs (who have been previously featured on this blog!), Go Pet Friendly and This One Wild Life, announced the launch of a new website to unite people who are passionate about animal causes. Go Pet Friendly and This One Wild Life have collaborated to create a simple and easy way to Be the Change for Animals (@BtC4Animals on Twitter).
What is very cool about Be the Change for Animals is that it allows all of us who care about animals and animals causes to band together with other “like-minded folks” in one “strong, collective voice behind a weekly cause.” And, it takes less than 15 minutes per week!
There are four ways you can participate:
1. Champion a cause – submit a cause to be featured on the website,
2. Support a cause – Participate in the Call to Action: contribute, promote, etc.
3. Blog about a cause – Once a quarter, you make a commitment to blog about a cause that you are passionate about and encourage your audience to get involved! Blog the Change days are: January 15th, April 15th, July 15th and October 15th.
4. Comment on a cause: Share with others. Visit other causes featured on BtC4Animals and offer support where you can.