Be The Change for Pets, 4 EZ Ways To Take Action

by Mary Haight on August 25, 2010

Be The Change for Pets project is designed to make it easy for bloggers and readers to get involved in helping pets live better lives; it has grown since the first mention here in the Weekend Edition of May 29.  An outcome of the first blogger’s conference BlogPaws East  The project is a reference to Ghandi’s quote “Be the change you want to see in the world.” A nice thought to start each day.

Here are a few programs that may interest you, most of which require no money to participate (refreshing!) and those that do ask for donations offer alternatives, like sharing with your Facebook friends.

1,  Campaign to End BSL: Operation Denver: Don’t miss your chance to be counted! Check Maggie Marton’s page for links to the postcard template ready and waiting for you to complete telling the Mayor of Denver what you think about his law that you oppose breed specific legislation. There are also some great free graphics ready for your use that will help your card stand out. For more information contact operationdenver@gmail.com  

2. Freekibble.com has partnered with Tails Magazine and Halo to ask President Obama to make April 30th “National Adopt a Shelter Pet Day” There’s a pre-written electronic letter. Shelter pets will have one meal donated for each email sent up to 50,000 meals!

3. Never Shock A Puppy campaign begins September 1 for a full 8 weeks of humane dog training options, prizes, and more. During this time, $2500 will be raised to replace 165 dog collars with humane collars or harnesses for Boulder’s Humane Society’s No Choke Challenge in November. People who turn in their shock collars, choke chains, and pinch collars will get them replaced. Roxanne Hawn of Champion of My Heart blog is heading the coalition of groups involved. K9 Cuisine and Company of Animals are sponsors.

4. Dawg Business a dog health blog by Jana Rade has taken up the cause of spreading the word about  Syringomyella in Cavalier King Charles Spaniels in general, and helping one dog, Ella, in particular. It’s estimated that 33 – 50% of that breed are affected by this disease borne of poor breeding practices. You may recall the explosive BBC documentary on Crufts and  Kennel Club standards doing severe harm to the health of several breeds through inbreeding.

You might spend a few minutes signing on to do one or more things listed here, or think of something you’d like to do yourself! What’s going on in your neighborhood? Are you doing something for animals?  Do you walk dogs for the local shelter? How about a local pet food pantry-anyone working or helping out one of those organizations? If you have a project coming up, let us know where and when!

(Hat tip to Rod, Amy and Kim of Be The Change for Animals for the FreeKibble lead, and Marton’s email!)

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15 comments
@GoPetFriendly
@GoPetFriendly

The gang @BtC4Animals also appreciates the mention and link! It's all about raising awareness and committing a few minutes each week to make the world a better place for animals. Great post, Mary! Thanks so much.

EdieJ
EdieJ

All great causes, Mary. I thank you too for sharing the information.

Kim Clune
Kim Clune

Thanks for the BtC4animals.com mention, Mary!

Champion of My Heart
Champion of My Heart

The Never Shock a Puppy Team appreciates the shout out. We're gearing up for our full launch Sept 1. Thanks so much!

Mel
Mel

So glad you shared these great Be the Change initiatives. All worthy causes!

james_harrison
james_harrison

But what about the pitbulls that really do attack dogs? Here's some pics from a pitbull attack at a nice friendly park http://www.chubbystud.com/ Chubbas been going there for years,... And no, the dog didn't deserve it. Nor was this the 1st time we've seen a pit bull make another dog a victim. Horrible thing about it, the owner said it happened because he had his balls. I love pits, but there has to be something to prevent the psycho ones from reproducing.

Maggie
Maggie

Wow! Thank you so much for the mention. I sincerely appreciate it! And I'm definitely going to be checking out those other campaigns this weekend!

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