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Sunday, June 3, 2018


Friday, June 22nd is Take Your Dog To Work Day!  Here’s a brief history of how it all started. 

The day was created and celebrated for the first time on June 24, 1999 by Pet Sitters International. Designed to celebrate dogs as companions and encourage shelter adoptions, the Friday “howl”iday lets pet parents show co-workers (that aren’t pet owners) the joy of dog!

An estimated 300 companies participated in the first event and the celebration grows every year.  Pet Sitters International offers a free downloadable ACTION PACK including tips, events and more.  Check it out and remember to take your dog to work on June 22nd!

And, why not turn Take Your Dog To Work Day into an opportunity to also do something good FUR a charitable organization?Here are some ideas to help this year’s Take Your Dog To Work Day a fun and meaningful event!

For Shelters:

Hold a “food drive” or “supply drive” for a local shelter in need.  Ask co-workers to bring in dog food, treats, paper towels, blankets, bleach, cat litter, toys etc. for a shelter that could really use the help.  Place a donation can in the break room or at the front reception desk and ask everyone to make a contribution.  

For Cancer Organizations:

Go PINK or PURPLE for the day!  Get dressed in the color of cancer you care about!  How about having a lunchtime speaker or health professional come in and talk about cancer prevention?  The American Cancer Society is a great resource and can help organize a Relay For Life fundraiser or cancer awareness effort.  Want to find out more about canine cancer?  Contact the National Canine Cancer Foundation.  They can provide information and handouts on cancer and your pet.  

For Earth Conservation Groups:

Want to find out more about holistic pet care?  Contact a local pet store or Veterinarian office and ask if they can provide some samples or handouts for the day.  Hold aluminum can or newspaper recycling event at the office to raise money for a local green space, Dog Park or other organization.  

Sunday, April 8, 2018

National Adopt A Shelter Pet Day!

Monday, April 30th is National Adopt a Shelter Pet Day! A BIG THANK YOU to ANYONE and EVERYONE that adopts, rescues, or fosters homeless pets!  

Do you know how many pets in the United States are in shelters? 

Here are some statistics about our nation’s shelters (source:  ASPCA):

·       Approximately 6.5 million companion animals enter U.S. animal shelters nationwide every year. Of those, approximately 3.3 million are dogs and 3.2 million are cats.  The ASPCA estimates that the number of dogs and cats entering U.S. shelters annually has declined from approximately 7.2 million in 2011.  The biggest decline was in dogs (from 3.9 million to 3.3 million).

·       Each year, approximately 1.5 million shelter animals are euthanized (670,000 dogs and 860,000 cats).  The number of dogs and cats euthanized in U.S. shelters annually has declined from approximately 2.6 million in 2011.  This decline can be partially explained by an increase in the percentage of animals adopted and an increase in the number of stray animals successfully returned to their owners.

·       Approximately 3.2 million shelter animals are adopted each year (1.6 million dogs and 1.6 million cats).

·       About 710,000 animals who enter shelters as strays are returned to their owners. Of those, 620,000 are dogs and only 90,000 are cats.

Animal shelters rely on the funds from the community to take care of the dogs, cats and other animals that find themselves homeless.  Coming up with new ideas to raise funds is not an easy task and one of the goals of this blog is to provide ideas to help shelters raise money for the animals in their care.  

Money goes along way, but so do items – many shelters have “Wish Lists” with the items they are in need of.  In  honor of Adopt A Shelter Pet Day, let's encourage EVERYONE that reads this blog to donate one or some  of the following items to an animal shelter in their community. 

Thanks for caring and sharing!

Garbage Bags

Cat Litter

Paper Towels


Laundry Detergent

Dog or Cat Snacks

Postage Stamps

Blankets or towels

Dog or Cat Food