#Sponsored 5 Ways You Can Help Your Local Animal Shelter on National Animal Shelter Appreciation Week #NutrishPets

Rachael Ray Nutrish has sponsored this post, but all opinions are my own.

Hi my friends, it’s Dakota!

  Happy National Animal Shelter

Appreciation Week

which is 


Now, while I was NOT rescued from a Shelter, my kitty brother,  Cody, was adopted from a foster home affiliated with a rescue. When I came to live with my family, my Mom and Dad did search Sheltie rescues but there were none in our area. Mom wasn’t blogging then and didn’t know about pet transport, so that is the reason an adopted Sheltie did not come to live with Mom, Dad and Cody.

That being said, our family has close ties to Animal Shelters though, and we DEEPLY appreciate them! My human “bonus-sister” is the Manager at Almost Home Animal Rescue League & Haven,  and Mom featured her on our blog last summer. 


Mom also frequently features adoption events/fundraisers for Michigan Humane as well as  the shelter, Friends for Animals of Metro Detroit.  It is our way of at least doing SOMETHING to help. We think animal shelters should be appreciated EVERY day, not just one week out of the year. Thankfully Rachael Ray feels the same way that is why a portion of Nutrish proceeds go to Rachael’s Rescue®, which was created to help animals in need. To date, over $14MM has been donated. This money has gone toward food, medical supplies and treatments for these unfortunate animals. 

Logo courtesy of Nutrish.

5 Ways YOU Can Help Your Local Animal Shelter

 SHARE ADOPTABLE PETS–Visit a Shelter’s website and if they have a widget for a daily featured adoptable animal, you can install it on your blog if you are a blogger. (We have had one on our sidebar for years). If you are not a blogger, you can share an adoptable animal on your Facebook page.

 GET TO KNOW YOUR LOCAL SHELTER–Visit their website,  “like” them on Facebook, follow them on Twitter, stop in and visit in person.

 PURCHASE ITEMS FROM YOUR LOCAL SHELTER–Many shelters have websites where you can purchase items such as  T-shirts, mugs,holiday cards, calendars,  all sorts of things that you can order and the proceeds go towards helping animals. (In many instances the shelters also offer the items that are for sale online at their physical locations too). For the past few years my Mom has bought holiday cards from Michigan Humane (some of you may have received one in past years). It’s a “win-win” for the animals, you and your card recipients.

 VOLUNTEER–Many shelters would appreciate a volunteer coming to walk or play with dogs, clean cages for dogs and cats, help with feeding and so much more….SPEAKING OF FOOD….

 DONATE MUCH NEEDED ITEMS SUCH AS FOOD! Shelters can always use blankets, toys in good condition (that can’t be swallowed, Mom always puts together a bag of toys that Cody and I no longer use when she visits Pet Expos. Usually there are shelters there who will gladly accept them.), newspaper, paper towels, cleaning supplies, and MORE! You can give your local shelter a call to see what they need.


(Always check with your Shelter or Rescue first though to find out if they are accepting food donations). If they are,  you might want to purchase a few bags of MY FAVORITE from Rachael Ray Nutrish!

Super Premium Food for Dogs

Real Chicken & Veggies Recipe

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Photo Courtesy of the Nutrish website, click on the photo to visit!!


Rachael Ray™ Nutrish® Real Chicken & Veggies Recipe is made with simple, natural ingredients, like real U.S. farm-raised chicken, combined with wholesome vegetables, plus vitamins & minerals.


Real U.S. farm-raised chicken is the #1 ingredient

No poultry by-product meal, fillers, wheat or wheat gluten

No artificial flavors or artificial preservatives

 “Whether intended for dogs or cats, Nutrish recipes are made with simple, wholesome ingredients like real meat or fish, and do not contain poultry by-product meal or fillers.”


All of the Rachael Ray Nutrish products are available where you shop for your family’s groceries, making specialty recipes accessible and convenient for every pet parent.


Mom and I hope that if you haven’t made the “switch to Nutrish” that you will make TODAY the day that you make that switch!!

Barks and licks and love,



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  1. We loved seeing you today, Dakota, all happy and full of grins:)

    When petcretary took Pipo& Minko to the ‘spa’, she also brought along a big bag of kitty vitamins, noms, and treats for the shelter kitties that he houses in another building. Froggy’s Pond he calls it after the first kitty he rescued and sheltered, because it was FIV+, and not considered to be adoptable…as are all the kitties in his shelter.
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  2. What a great post! 😀 And the best happy face ever Dakota! <3 Nutrish sounds like a great food and how nice of them to help dogs in need! 😀 We've been thinking about donating some stuff for this holiday season and this post is really motivating! THANK YOU! <3
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    • Dakota says:

      Thank you!!!!! Yes, I think your baby and I have some of the BEST “smiles” online!!! We love Nutrish! I have been eating it since he was about a year old or so and I am 9 now. So happy to hear you will donate this holiday season!!! You are welcome and THANK YOU! Barks and licks and love, Dakota

  3. that’s the smile of a super happy sheltie… and we dogs often smile when we get fabulous food… so I know why your smile has 10k volt today :o)
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  4. Emma says:

    We donate food to our favorite shelter during the year, but we have to be very careful because Mom likes to adopt cats from there and we have two which is more than what we need. It’s great to help out all those shelter pets.
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  5. How did I not know that it’s National Animal Shelter Appreciation Week? Do I live under a rock??? Well, thank you so much for sharing this with us, and for always sharing such wonderful information to benefit the lives of animals awaiting their forever homes!
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    • Dakota says:

      Don’t feel bad, Mom didn’t know either til a “little birdie” told her BOL!! Barks and licks and love, Dakota …oh and thank you!!

  6. Our Little Bit would have liked this. She was allergic to so many things and poultry was one of many.

    Have a woof woof day Dakota. My best to your wonderful mom. ♥♥♥
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  7. We wholeheartedly support and appreciate rescues and shelters. Ms. Elsa was rescued and we couldn’t be happier (ok, we could if she’d stop chewing stuff but that’s a different story). Kudos to your mom and bonus sister for helping rescue groups. This weekend our therapy group is hosting our howliday get-together to benefit a no-kill rescue by providing items they need. Should be a great time and definitely a worthy cause. ღ
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  8. Good reminders! This is something on my mind a lot this last week.

    And yes, you were definitely not the only one asking about Smooth collies! 🙂

  9. I have a box of goodies to deliver to our local shelter. Thank you for all that you do to help!
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  10. Good post pal. We’re all for adopting and preferably from a shelter if possible.
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  11. That food sounds super duper yummy! And we love your beautiful smile! After the crazy election, my co-worker and I went to animal care & control to spend time (and take pictures) of the adoptable dogs. Dogs and cats always make things better.
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