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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@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.

MaryHaight
MaryHaight

Thanks Rod and Amy! And the BtC4Animals gang. It's fun getting a focused group together to accomplish something simple and meaningful. Then people don't run (often screaming these days) for the hills because they have no time! Small is beautiful;-D

EdieJ
EdieJ

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

MaryHaight
MaryHaight

Thanks, Edie - there's so much to *do* in animal welfare, really, there's something for everyone:)

Kim Clune
Kim Clune

Thanks for the BtC4animals.com mention, Mary!

MaryHaight
MaryHaight

You're welcome, and thanks for stopping by!

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!

MaryHaight
MaryHaight

You're welcome, Roxanne - I look forward to seeing your group's success!

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.

MaryHaight
MaryHaight

Dogs do attack each other and people. Dogs. Not just pitbulls. That is a media created fear disproved by experts in the field. For a thorough look at the problem, see the American Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) for the well researched facts. But you are talking about one particular incident and another confrontation you saw. Irresponsible owners are usually the problem. According to the National Canine Research Councl, in 2006 97% of fatal attacks were made by dogs who are not fixed. That's probably where the owner's remark came from. Of course, who is responsible for getting the dog fixed, controlling the dog in the park environment or leaving him at home if he doesn't play well with others? Being a dog's caretaker means you must make choices that keep him safe . If we could stop the abusive and those of ill intent from having dogs at all, there would be less "psycho" dogs around but that's like hoping to make the lottery your retirement plan. Probably not going to happen.

MaryHaight
MaryHaight

Even so, unpredictable things happen. Sometimes a dog can lose it and attack someone unprovoked. They often pay for that with their lives. Unless it's another dog. Then it depends on availability of testing and rehab possibilities. In some areas, nothing at all is done. Because you saw pitbulls the two times you saw a fight, that does not prove a point. It's anecdotal evidence that is simply your experience, so far. Pits are not inherently violent, and neither are all the other approximately 12 breeds being targeted by BSL laws. Facts tell us this is an ignorant, cruel, and fear-based bit of legislation that has no place in sane public policy. It baffles me. It doesn't work. It's targeting the wrong thing. Responsibility lies with the dog owner, not the dog breed. Why is there no clear thinking on this point? Fear. Fear makes people make stupid decisions. Thanks for stopping by James, and adding your voice to the conversation. Here's the link I meant to include in the first paragraph. http://www.aldf.org/article.php?id=1029

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!

MaryHaight
MaryHaight

You're welcome, Maggie. Thank you for the work you're doing. It's never easy getting people to join in an effort, even a very worthy one, and I admire the success you have seen! Maybe you could ask those of us bloggers who do product reviews to have a contest for our readers using one of the high value products we have already reviewed and kept to the person who sends you the most postcards from different individuals (with easily confirmed addresses)? That way we are enlisting readers friends and relatives too. It could help a little, but could also explode in the best case - what do you think? The postcard sent to each blogger electronically could be their entry to the contest and each blogger can then send you all the entries from their readers?

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