It’s #WorldSmileDay !!

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From the World Smile Day website:

“As is well-known by now throughout the world Harvey Ball, a commercial artist from Worcester, Massachusetts created the smiley face in 1963. That image went on to become the most recognizable symbol of good will and good cheer on the planet.”

“As the years passed Harvey Ball became concerned about the over-commercialization of his symbol, and how its original meaning and intent had become lost in the constant repetition of the marketplace.  Out of that concern came his idea for World Smile Day®. He thought that we, all of us, should devote one day each year to smiles and kind acts throughout the world.  The smiley face knows no politics, no geography and no religion.  Harvey’s idea was that for at least one day each year, neither should we.  He declared that the first Friday in October each year would henceforth be World Smile Day®. Ever since that first World Smile Day® held in 1999, it has continued every year in Smiley’s hometown of Worcester, MA and around the world.”

“After Harvey died in 2001, the Harvey Ball World Smile Foundation was created to honor his name and memory.  The Foundation continues as the official sponsor of World Smile Day® each year.”

“Do an act of kindness. Help one person smile”!

Remembering 9/11/2001

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#BtC4A Pet Fire Safety Day: #Dearborn #Michigan Barbecue Open House Benefits Special Needs Animals

FROM DAKOTA’S DEN: This is a timely post for two super important reasons. Today is Pet Fire Safety Day, and last Thursday night we had an experience in our apartment/condo complex that could have been deadly. Long story short, we smelled smoke. The entire downstairs of our building was full of smoke. I was a nervous wreck, I called the fire department and prayed that Dakota would come to us to have his leash put on (normally he won’t unless he has to go to the bathroom, but that’s a whole different story). Thankfully he came to us readily, I tricked Cody with treats to put him into his carrier and we all went outside. Everyone was safe. A young man downstairs had fallen asleep with a hot dog boiling on the stove. Had I not called swiftly our entire building could have gone up in flames. Dakota was calm and patient, he was fabulous with the flashing lights, smells, sounds, etc. Please, please learn more about Pet Fire Safety Day and if you are in Michigan, please attend the event below. 

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The memory of a beloved family pet is the inspiration for a special annual fundraiser hosted by the Abraham family of Dearborn.  The family is opening their home to the public on July 25 to help support the Friends for Animals of Metro Detroit’s (FAMD) Hope’s Heroes program for special needs animals.

Abrahams with Shelly and Cleo Courtesy of Friends for Animals Metro Detroit

Bob, Mary Kate & Mary Ann Abraham with FAMD adopter Shelly and her dog Cleo Courtesy of Friends for Animals Metro Detroit

 All are welcome to attend the sixth annual Abraham’s Open House and Barbecue, which will be held from 5 to 9 p.m. on Saturday, July 25 at 510 Crescent Drive, Dearborn.  City of Dearborn Firefighters and Police Department are sponsors of the gathering.

 

The Open House is in memory of the Abraham family’s beloved Labrador retriever, Dublin, who was tragically killed in a 2009 house fire. 

 

“This celebration is a way for our family to honor Dublin and simultaneously help the Friends for Animals of Metro Detroit, which benefits so many in our community,” commented Councilman Abraham. “We are especially honored to have the continued support from the Dearborn firefighters, who were on the spot when we needed them personally and to help recognize Pet Fire Safety Day, which takes place on July 15.”

 

In its first four years, the Abraham’s Open House has raised more than $47,000, directly benefiting shelter animals who require extra special hope.

 

Delicious barbecue will be served by Smokey Rhodes BBQ and Park Place Caterers.  Parking is in a residential neighborhood with arrangements available for special needs guests.

 

Friends for Animals of Metro Detroit helps care for thousands of rescued animals annually, as they prepare to become adoptable pet family members.  Sometimes animals with severe injuries or special needs arrive at the Shelter and require extra resources.  The Hope’s Heroes program is designed specifically to help care for animals that require extraordinary measures to give them a second chance.

 

“This Open House is a key fundraising event for our special needs animals,” said Elaine Greene, executive director, FAMD.  “We are very grateful to the Abraham family and the Dearborn fire and police departments for their continued support of Hope’s Heroes.”

 

Contributions of $50 per person are suggested, with all donations welcome.  If unable to attend, donations can also be made online  by clicking here .

 

About FAMD

After 22 years of nurturing more than 47,300 animals, the Friends for Animals of Metro Detroit have embarked on the “Raise the Woof” public phase of their “Building a Home with Heart” capital campaign to construct a new Animal Adoption & Education Center. FAMD is located at 2661 Greenfield Road, Dearborn and can be found online at metrodetroitanimals.org.

FROM DAYS OF THE YEAR:

“The combined efforts of the Kennel Club and ADT Security Services led to the first Pet Fire Safety Day being held in the late 2000s. The idea behind the event is to make pet owners aware of the hazards their beloved cat, dog, or other animal could pose in the home with regard to fire. Many fires are caused by pets, especially when they are left alone in a property and the intention is that by highlighting the dangers to owners it can help in preventing them.”

“Pet owners should take advantage of the day to discuss who in a home is responsible for helping a pet escape in the event of a blaze and carry out some practice escape drills. They can also use Kennel Club advice to pet proof their home against fires and install a pet alert notice in a window for use by emergency services.”

The second reason today is important to me is because today is:

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Blog the Change for Animals  is a quarterly event for bloggers to post about an animal-related cause that is near and dear to their heart. We participate as often as we can and are proud to do so today.

Michigan Humane Society Celebrating “Pet Independence Days” With $17.76 Adult Dog & Cat Adoption Fees!

Helping pets pursue forever homes and a lifetime of happiness

with reduced adoption fees through July 10

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 The Michigan Humane Society (MHS) is celebrating “Pet Independence Days” now through Sunday, July 10 with low-cost adoption fees for cats and dogs (excluding lap dogs) who are 1-year-old and older. During the promotion, an adult cat or dog can be adopted for $17.76 at any MHS adoption location. The regular MHS adoption process will apply, and all adoptions will include the valuable MHS adoption package.

“Summer is all about families spending time together, and many homeless pets are waiting for their second chance to be a part of a family,” said CJ Bentley, MHS Senior Director of Operations. “We’re celebrating the Independence Day holiday by reducing adoption fees so the dogs and cats in our care can more quickly pursue their forever homes and a lifetime of happiness.”

Visit MHS at:

  • MHS Dresner Foundation Animal Care Campus (Detroit): 7887 Chrysler Dr.
  • MHS Rochester Hills Center for Animal Care: 3600 W. Auburn Rd.
  • MHS Berman Center for Animal Care (Westland): 900 N. Newburgh Rd.

In addition, MHS cats can be adopted at PetSmart in Roseville at 20530 E. 13 Mile Rd.; Premier Pet Supply in both Novi at 47810 Grand River Ave. and Rochester Hills at 63 W. Auburn Rd., while MHS cats and dogs can be adopted at Petco in Sterling Heights at 13701 Lakeside Cir.

Adoption hours vary by location. For the complete list of MHS locations and hours, visit www.michiganhumane.org.

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The Michigan Humane Society is the largest and oldest animal welfare organization in the state. MHS works to end companion animal homelessness, provide the highest quality service and compassion to the animals entrusted to our care, and to be a leader in promoting humane values.

The ASPCA Announces ID Your Pet Day!

Our friends at the ASPCA asked if we would help  to remind pet owners that with warmer temps and sunshine, more time is spent outdoors, which poses an added risk of pets escaping. It is our pleasure to help spread the word!! To help keep pets safe this season, the ASPCA has created ID Your Pet Day on July 1st – a holiday to raise awareness about the importance of ID tagging your pet. This holiday is especially timely as July 4th is a time of year when many pets go missing due to fireworks.

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New Animal Rescue Site: 911fosterpets.com Launched by Petfinder Founder

New website will help the most urgent pets

in animal shelters find temporary homes

Throughout our years of blogging it has been our pleasure to share news/information from Petfinder.com and we are grateful for all of the animals they have helped find  forever homes. We have family members who have adopted pets from Petfinder! Now we are proud to share some news that we received from the founder of Petfinder.com, Betsy Saul,   announcing the launch of her newest mission-driven website, 911fosterpets.com.

               The mission of 911fosterpets.com is simple:

create a foster revolution

to give these pets the extra time

they need so they can live  

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Click to visit the website

                “While we have found over 25 million forever homes for adoptable pets at petfinder.com,” Saul says, “pets’ lives are still being lost daily purely due to lack of space or unrealistic time limits on length of stay at a shelter.  I am still haunted by some of the special souls I met along the way that just needed extra time to find homes.  Our new website, 911fosterpets.com, will be dedicated to finding short-term foster families for these urgent animals.” 

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                Eric Theis, who, with his wife, Traci, is a co-founder of the site, says, “People don’t realize that many pets about to be destroyed only need a temporary place to crash–sometimes less than a week.  Then these pets will be moved to a rescue group or to their new forever homes. I have to believe if people knew they could save a puppy or kitten’s life by letting it stay with them for a few days, they would act now to save them. We are providing that platform.”

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                The site is easy to use. Animal shelters post pets that are urgent (typically meaning they will be destroyed in 72 hours or less) and potential foster families view them.  Foster families can search the urgent pets in their community with various search criteria, including length of time they can foster a pet–starting with less than one week.  Once a foster family sees a pet they would like to help, they simply click the foster button to be connected with the shelter where the pet is currently housed. Individuals can also sign up at http://911fosterpets.com/join.html to be notified when new urgent pets in their community are posted.

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                “This will only work,” Traci Theis adds, “if caring people step up and provide short-term shelter for these urgent pets. We’re confident that there are thousands of people who want to make a tangible difference in pets’ lives but cannot make a long-term commitment. Now they will have an opportunity. 911fosterpets.com will introduce them to the pets who so urgently need them.”

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                To learn more visit

 www.911fosterpets.com