#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 

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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. 

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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.

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(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

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

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.

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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.”

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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.

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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,

Dakota

 

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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  

Click to visit the website

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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Chico Brunswick GA

   

                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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Hank

                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

Help the ASPCA Celebrate their 150th Anniversary! Join their 150 Days of Rescue Campaign! #ASPCA150

Courtesy of the ASPCA

Courtesy of the ASPCA

On Sunday, April 10th,  ASPCA will celebrate its 150th anniversary, and in honor of this important milestone, they are launching 150 Days of Rescue, a nationwide action campaign that seeks to unite the country in making a difference in the lives of homeless and abused animals. Animal lovers are encouraged to visit ASPCA.org/150days and pledge their time between April 10 and September 7 to help animals in need, with the goal of reaching 150,000 actions for animals in 150 days. Ways to participate include volunteering at a local shelter, donating, fostering, adopting a shelter pet, etc. Animal lovers who log their good deed will also be given the opportunity to nominate their favorite animal shelter to receive a grant prize of $150,000!

 

 

GREAT LAKES ANIMAL WELFARE CONFERENCE COMING TO BATTLE CREEK OCTOBER 19-20

Registration is now open for the region’s largest animal welfare conference

 

The 2015 Great Lakes Animal Welfare Conference (GLAWC) will be the region’s premier educational and networking event for animal sheltering and veterinary professionals, animal control agencies, rescue groups, and individuals interested in saving more animal lives. The Michigan Partnership for Animal Welfare (MPAW) has joined with the Michigan Association of Animal Control Officers (MAACO) to offer this two-day event. The 2015 Great Lakes Animal Welfare Conference will be held October 19-20 at FireKeepers Hotel and Casino in Battle Creek. The conference is presented by the Petco Foundation, Merck Animal Health, the ASPCA, and Nestle Purina and Petfinder with generous support from the Kenneth A. Scott Charitable Trust, a KeyBank Trust.

Photo Courtesy of Michigan Paw.Org

Photo Courtesy of Michigan Paw.Org

 

“This conference is the perfect opportunity for those working in, or interested in, animal welfare to gain and share knowledge on how to better care for, serve and save animal lives,” said Ann Griffin, MHS Special Projects Manager. “Attendees will have the opportunity to learn and discuss new trends and best practices in a relaxing and fun setting.”

 

This year’s conference features more than 40 sessions and a certificate course. A wide variety of sessions will include information on animal behavior, animal handling, fundraising and much more.

 

“It’s great to be able to bring this specialized training to animal control officers statewide,” said Andy Seltz, Vice President of MAACO. “It’s a perfect opportunity to come together and share ideas that will ultimately raise our collective abilities to better serve the animals and people in our communities.”

 

For the list of sessions, registration fees and hotel information for the 2015 MPAW-MAACO GLAWC Conference, and to register online, visit www.mpaw.org or call (248) 283-5635.

 

FireKeepers Casino Hotel is located at 11177 E Michigan Ave in Battle Creek.

 

 

The Michigan Partnership for Animal Welfare (MPAW), founded by the Michigan Humane Society in 2004, is a collaboration of animal welfare organizations from around the state with a goal of working together for the good of the animals in Michigan.

 

MAACO is a not for-profit organization registered with the State of Michigan dedicated to the enhancement of the profession of Animal Control Officers in the State of Michigan by establishing professional standards, training and practices, for the control and care of animals and the protection of the public health.

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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. For more information, visit www.michiganhumane.org.

 

#Michigan Youngster Helping Dearborn Animal Shelter To Get A New Shelter Built:YOU Can Help Too!

Ten-Year-Old Commits to Helping Build New Dearborn Animal Shelter  

Zoe Acker is youngest table captain for

Raise the Woof Community Breakfast on June 10  

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 The Friends For the Dearborn Animal Shelter are hosting a Community Breakfast on Wednesday, June 10, at the Ford Community & Performing Arts Center, 15801 Michigan Avenue, Dearborn, from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m.  Dubbed “Raise the Woof” Community Breakfast, it is an open invitation to the public to take a behind-the-scenes look at the Friends’ proposed new Animal Adoption & Education Center and become involved in this essential community-wide project.

 

One of the organization’s youngest supporters is ten-year-old Zoe Acker, who been raising funds for the homeless animals at the Dearborn shelter since she was five years old. Her fund-raising methods? Lemonade stands, routing her birthday gifts, and even “selling” some of her father Mike’s time as an electrician. “They help a lot of dogs and I want to do the same,” says Zoe. “Every dollar can help a dog feel better!” According to her mother Beth Vessels, “I know it’s a Mom thing to say, but I am truly so proud of her, she inspires all of us with her determination.”   

Zoe Acker, Dad, Mike & pup Rigby

Zoe Acker, Dad, Mike & pup Rigby

 

Zoe recently raised more than $2,000 for the Friends’ annual Mutt Strut & Pet Expo, coming in second place for the overall individual pledge-getter. Funds raised at the Mutt Strut help with ongoing shelter operations. Now Zoe is turning her time and talents to raise donations for the capital campaign to Build a Home with Heart. “The animals and humans deserve a new Shelter,” says Zoe.

 

In her newest endeavor to help, Zoe is the youngest table captain registered for the Raise the Woof breakfast, a role that includes hosting a table at the event and inviting prospective donors to attend.  She plans to invite her school principal, her dentist, and her pediatrician to join her and take an active role in her philanthropy.

 

The Dearborn Animal Shelter is seeking other community members to become table captains as well, even if this is their first venture into fundraising. “The fact that a ten-year-old is willing to be a table captain is amazing,” shares Kelle Sisung, Friends development director. “Most adults are somewhat hesitant. Zoe is fearless and shows all of us that we can do it too!”

The Raise the Woof fundraising breakfast is a one-hour event that tells the story of the journey to build a new Animal Adoption & Education Center. Guests will hear testimonials from some of the adopters, volunteers, and families who have been involved with the Friends For the Dearborn Animal Shelter since their inception in 1993. They will also learn how this community project will positively benefit both two and four-legged friends throughout Southeast Michigan.

Some of the features of the new facility will include:

  • A healthy, soothing, low-stress home for animals in our care
  • Significantly improve the experience for adopters, volunteers, and all community visitors
  • Employ sustainable ecological design (“Green Building”) and innovative housing, equipment, and practices
  • Provide the opportunity for robust community involvement, education, and enrichment
  • Be conveniently located to fully integrate with other public services (Dearborn Administrative Campus on Michigan Avenue; Amtrak site)
  • Create a best-in-class work environment for staff, volunteers, and visiting veterinarians
  • Growing from 4,000 square feet to 16,000 square feet

 

There is no cost to attend the event.  Table captains and attendees are encouraged to register by June 5 to ensure your seat online at www.DearbornAnimals.org or by calling the Shelter 313-943-2697.  

 

The Dearborn Animal Shelter is located at 2661 Greenfield Road, Dearborn, and is operated by the Friends For the Dearborn Animal Shelter, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Phone (313) 943-2697 and online www.DearbornAnimals.org  Follow the Shelter on Facebook and Twitter.

Pets Alive joins fundraising campaign for a chance to win $50,000

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Pets Alive takes animal rescue seriously.  So seriously that they’re asking their supporters to do their part in rescuing animals by helping them win the Saving Pets Challenge, a fundraising campaign launched on May 4 by Michelson Found Animals. This foundation will donate over $115,000 to organizations benefiting animal welfare organizations dedicated to decreasing shelter pet euthanasia, with $50,000 as the grand prize donation to the organization that raises the most money during the 5-week Challenge that concludes on June 5.

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(Midnight was rescued and is now safe.)

Pets Alive goes to great lengths to help animals at risk of euthanasia. Take Midnight. He was rescued from Animal Care and Control in New York City, where he was on the “kill list” because he had a cold. Pets Alive saved him just before he was to be euthanized.  There are many Midnights that Pets Alive aims to help that end up in similar situations – but it all takes money.

Pets Alive is a no kill animal sanctuary with locations in Middletown, NY and Elmsford, NY. In 2014, they saved 1,405 cats, dogs and farm animals from life-threatening circumstances, and they found forever homes for 1,472 animals. It was through private donations from generous people and organizations that they were able to achieve this accomplishment.

“We are constantly fundraising to make ends meet so we can continue our work of rescuing animals that often have no other hope for life,” said Mary Ann Bopp, Development Director at Pets Alive. “Raising enough money in this campaign to win one of the top prizes would have a huge impact on our ability to save even more animals from harm’s way.”

Anyone can make a donation or join Pets Alive’s fundraising team. Visit their Challenge website at www.crowdrise.com/petsalive-savingpets2015.  All donations must be made by 2:00 p.m. ET on June 5 when the Challenge concludes.

About Pets Alive

Pets Alive is a 501(c)(3) non-profit charity operating solely on individual donations, receiving no funding from city or state. Their sanctuaries are located at 363 Derby Road, Middletown, NY and 100 Warehouse Lane South, Elmsford, NY. For information about the Middletown sanctuary, visit petsalive.org and follow them on Facebook.com/PetsAlive and Twitter.com/PetsAlive. For more information about Pets Alive Westchester, visit  petsalivewest.org, and follow them at Facebook.com/petsalivew and Twitter.com/PetsAliveWest