Dog Treats & Jingle Toys Encourages Pet Adoption-A Guest Blog By Aubree Sweeney



Adopting a pet is one of the most rewarding things you can do, not only for the pet but, for yourself. I can speak from experience when I say rescue pets positively impact our lives, in not only a physical, but also an emotional way.  I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again, if it wasn’t for Jake and She-Ra, my two rescue pets, I simply wouldn’t be me.

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When you adopt, you’re not just saving one pet. You’re making room for another at the shelter or rescue. That’s two lives and you have a new best friend.  Sounds like a great deal to me! For me, and many out there, adoption is and will always be the only choice.  Sadly, according to Best Friends Animal Society, less than 20% of pets in homes are rescues.  It’s high time for that to change.  The worst part is, despite countless campaigns, the general public is often times still misinformed about homeless pets.


The Top Two Reasons Why People Don’t Adopt


1. I’m only interested in a specific breed/purebred.

2. If the pet’s in a shelter there’s surely some sort of behavioral issue.


First, 10-15% of shelter pets are purebreds and to top that off, there are countless breed specific rescues. Northern Plains Boxer Rescue is one of my favorites. My boxer brother Cappy was adopted through them about two years ago.


As for number two: Really? It’s the homeless pets fault he or she is homeless? Pets in shelters, more often than not, are there because of circumstances out of their control; the family moves, owner health issues, divorce. In short, people problems.


After a short stint of feeling helpless over the plight of homeless pets, I decided I was going to do something about it.  Armed with a pen, She-Ra swatting at it, and Jake sleeping on my feet, I began writing about our day to day, silly memories and what not.  Swiftly, those scribblings turned into Dog Treats & Jingle Toys.

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Dog Treats & Jingle Toys is a comedy web-series, which we believe will encourage pet adoption. The story follows a young woman who has recently adopted her first pet, a senior lab-mix from a shelter.  The show is not just amusing. It also introduces viewers to an adoptable pet at the end of each episode. Our mentality about the project is, if we can get one pet adopted we’ve succeeded.  As of today, the pets featured in episode one and two have both found their forever homes!

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Enjoy Our First Episode!


Our third episode airs this Tuesday! 

In addition, we’re also running  “Share Your Pet’s Adoption Story” through our website.  We believe through sharing stories of the pawsitive inspiration pets bring to our world, we can encourage pet adoption and save lives. If you’re interested in sharing your pet’s story, you can submit via our Facebook Page, the contact form on our website, or email us directly.





  1. sara, oreo and chewy says:

    Wow, only 20% of dogs in homes are rescues? I didn’t think that number would be that low.

    My next dog will be a rescue for sure. The more I learn, the more I understand the importance of rescue groups. I think the more info that gets out the, the better chance all these dogs will have! WHat a great idea to start a webseries! I wish them many, many hits 🙂

    • To be honest, I was dumbfounded by 20% too. That being said, I really think within the next few years that number will go up immensely. There are so many wonderful organizations out there and huge support for homeless pets. I am very optimistic about the future.=)

  2. emma says:

    We adopt rescue cats always, and Mom adopted one dog from a shelter, but as for my sisters and I, we are from good breeders, and especially a GBGV cannot be found as a rescue as there are simply far too few of us around still. Mom would adopt a dog again in a heartbeat, but right now she wanted our specific breed. We give to the shelter in our area to help a bit, but we can’t help every pet, sadly.
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    • It’s wonderful that you specifically adopt rescue cats (I actually had to look up GBGV – so cute!). Just in conversations with the people at Nebraska Humane Society and a handful of cat specific rescues, I’m discovering how underrepresented our feline friends are and overpopulation is beyond crazy. There are a lot of instances where a shelter is so overrun by cats that they can hardly keep track of who’s who. That’s why I just love, organizations like Spay and Neuter LA and Fix Nation. It seems like we’re seeing more and more of these types of places, which is so great! Thanks for your help!
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  3. In years past I have always adopted – always mixed breeds. But I am learning so much about breed rescues now and even if you want a specific breed of dog there are many of those available too
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    • It’s so wonderful, these breed specific rescues are so good for homeless pets and also make room for mixed breeds in shelters and rescues. Cappy, my boxer brother who I mentioned had been at a shelter low on space and Northern Plains took care of the expenses to have him transported to them. It’s a great system.
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  4. The video is cute and a good idea to encourage adoptions. We’ve adopted from breed rescues because we do like Labs, so excuse #1 is just not very valid. As to excuse #2…you don’t think a dog you buy from a breeder or pet store won’t have issues if you don’t train it??? If you believe that, you shouldn’t get a dog.
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    • Thank you! I completely agree. The sad thing is, people in that mind set, who don’t put the time in with their pets, are the very same people who buy a pet through the negative chain and then surrender them to shelters. It’s a vicious cycle. I love that shelters and rescues do extensive interviews, sometime home checks etc. to make make sure a pet is placed in a home that will be forever.
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  5. What a cool and unique idea for a video, thanks for sharing!

  6. Its so sad that there are so many rescues waiting to he loved!
    2 of mine are rescues , my one girl we adopted from our friends that came down with a tragic illness and could not care for her (mika) but my other 2 are rescues. They give so much love! People don’t know what their missing.
    ((Husky hugz frum da pack))
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    • It is very sad, but I really do believe that those numbers will go down drastically in years to come. I’m so sorry you weren’t able to keep Mika in your life. Thank you for adopting and if you ever want to share adoption stories, we love them at Dog Treats & Jingle Toys!=)
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  7. Two French Bulldogs says:

    I am looking at rescues for maybe a brother or sissy. Plus me and mom volunteer for a Frenchie one

  8. I love the videos and anything that can help find a home for a shelter animal gets a paws up from us!
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  9. We have a rescue kitty, but no rescue dog for us because we can’t have a fence. 🙂
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  10. It is so sad that not many knows that there are pure breed dogs in shelters. LOVE the video. We want to meet Jake. We are big CUBS Fans. Golden Woofs
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  11. Heather and Mr. K are both rescues! I found Mr. K at a shelter in South Carolina. I wasn’t looking for a pure breed. In fact, I wasn’t really looking to adopt at the time at all. I was just there with a friend! Then, I saw how sad Mr. K looked and BINGO! I was the one going home with a dog, not my friend. Heather came from the Scottish Terrier Rescue of Tennessee. I’ve had plenty of people tell me why I shouldn’t rescue Scotties (they come with “all sorts” of problems. Never ceases to make me smile when I tell them that both of mine are rescues…they don’t believe me! The way I see it: there’s nothing wrong with recycled love! Much love, The Scottie Mom.
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    • Dakota says:

      Hi Scottie Mom! I LOVE your story! It shows that Mr.K was meant to be with you (which you knew the second you looked at him!) You are sooo right “there is nothing wrong with recycled love”…..Barks and licks and love, Dakota

    • This is such a great story! Recycled love is the best love! I would love to share Mr. K’s story on our website. Please let me know if that’s okay when you have a chance.
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  12. this is so great! the videos are a wonderful idea!

  13. Great post! All our dogs are rescues.
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