How To Raise Awareness for Animals? Blog The Change!

by Mary Haight on January 16, 2012

It’s Blog The Change Day – a time when pet bloggers write about somethinghow to  help pets that is important to them to share with readers and other bloggers in a “blog hop”.  I thought it would be interesting to present some of those voice, ideas, passions here – a kind of recap as the time for blogging the change winds down.

Leo Scheltinga of Kenzo the Hovawart explains the problem of the Dangerous Dog Act in Holland, and how dogs can be seized for merely jumping on people to greet them. This behavior can be explained by authorities as “dangerous”. Dogs are then kept in the pound, no visits allowed, and it can take months, even up to a year for dogs whose owners fight for them to be allowed to take the Good Citizen test. Of course by then they are completely traumatized and fail.  There is a group trying to help – and did you know there was a Dutch Victoria Stillwell?  You’ll have to read the rest at the link!

Pamela Douglas Webster of Something Wagging This Way Comes talks about how to break through the problem of preaching to the choir. The problem of getting out of your niche, however great it is, is one that concerns us all, whatever our interests.  If we all only ever listen to people who agree with us, listen to news that reflects only one way of thinking about issues, read only that which follows our line of thinking, how do we ever discover anything new?  I think being challenged on our opinions, beliefs, and sacred cows sharpens our thinking if we don’t dismiss the challenge out of hand.  There are those that take the opposing point of view just to be contrary, but that can also contribute to making discoveries about our own arguments and thinking.  Pamela offers some ways to do that!

Edie Jarolim of Will My Dog Hate Me included the last of her series of three posts on the work of the Shelter Pet Project and the Ad Council’s joint effort with Maddie’s Fund to help meet the goal of ending euthanasia of healthy, treatable dogs and cats. She quotes Richard Avanzino of Maddie’s Fund saying it’ll take just 4 more adoptions a week per animal organization to place 2.7 million more dogs and cats. Not too tough challenge. Edie also talks about the shift of perspective employed by the Ad Council in their commercials, seeing things from the cat or dog’s perspective, leaving us all laughing when the ad is over.  I don’t know about you, but I think “leave them laughing” is a much more effective campaign to help save animals. If you doubt that, go check out the link above – several videos await!

There were many more about don’t shop adopt campaigns, and others that offer a shop and adopt view along the lines of what FoundAnimals.org is doing. Still others are activists working on weekends to protest pet shops and educate those who would otherwise walk into a local pet shop not knowing what they were getting into.

Take your pick from the blog hop listings on Go Pet Friendly where you can also read about internet puppy sales and the red flags you should be aware of.  Happy reading!

12 comments
Coupons For The Zoo
Coupons For The Zoo

I love the Don't Shop, Adopt programs! My wife and I have an adopted husky and she's so appreciative of a new life!

Kenzo_HW
Kenzo_HW

Hi Mary, The jumping on people is many times misunderstood by people, and they - too quickly - report the dog to the police as "he wanted to bite me". Police is not educated good enough, neither do they investigate it properly. You also find neighbors that are in a fight over something completely different report each other's dog in just to hurt each other. Something you also see in Denmark. On the bright side, the Dutch did repeal their BSL and are are genuinly interested in the welfare of their dogs. I am hopeful that it will change. It shows again how difficult it is to make the right legislation and that just getting rid of BSL is only a first small step.

Pup Fan
Pup Fan

Great roundup... there were a lot of fantastic posts this time around. :)

Kim Clune
Kim Clune

Thanks for rounding up and highlighting these great dog posts! Of course, I say this in terms of quality, not necessarily topic - as Leo's post horrified me and yet it needs to be said. If I might add another favorite to this list, Go Take a Walk is so beautiful in its simplicity and importance: www.donnaandthedogsblog.com/blogengine/post/Go-Ta... One last favorite is from Rescued Insanity (and Kim Thomas' comment is pretty spectacular too): http://rescuedinsanity.com/2012/01/15/blog-the-ch... If you haven't already seen those, I hope you enjoy!

Pixel Blue Eyes
Pixel Blue Eyes

Hi Mary! You did a great recap (and wonderful idea to do so) of some of the wonderful blog posts for yesterday's Blog the Change for Animals. This was my first time participating, and I loved it! I already have my subject planned for the next one in April! I would be honored to have you visit my blog sometime at www.pixelblueeyes.blogspot.com. Take care and very nice to meet you. Pixel (and her mom Jenny)

EdieJ
EdieJ

Thanks for sharing all these links, including mine! We pet bloggers are an impressive bunch, aren't we ;-). Just one correction: Unfortunately it's 4 pets per *week* that need to be adopted from each organization, not per year (you're not the only one who made that mistake -- wishful thinking)! Still doable, just a little more difficult.

Amy@GoPetFriendly
Amy@GoPetFriendly

Great recap, Mary. Now I'm off to read Leo's post - I can't believe they confiscate dogs for jumping up on people. No, it's not polite - but neither is talking on your cell phone in a restaurant. Last time I checked, we're not arresting people for that!

KimT
KimT

Isn't it wonderful how so many worthy causes are highlighted during Blog the Change days? I loved reading the posts you've highlighted here, so many were articulate, informative and enlightening. Thanks for providing an overview of an amazing day! And thank you for blogging and being the change for animals, Kim Thomas BtC4Animals.com CindyLu's Muse

MaryHaight
MaryHaight

Hey Jenny and Pixel - first timer newbies! It is fun, isn't it? I write quite a bit about issues and I think my readers get more than enough of that from me, so it's fun to show them what others are talking about. I'll be happy to check out what you wrote for Be The Change - the honor's mine=) Nice to meet you and thanks for taking the time to share your thoughts.

MaryHaight
MaryHaight

I could have turned this post into a 1000 word marathon because I had seen so many posts that would have been fun to include. I definitely broke my own new rule of keeping it 300 words or less but it was worth it to be able to point people to places where they might pick up something they didn't know. Hey, four a year would be great wouldn't it? Sigh!

MaryHaight
MaryHaight

I know, Amy, I can't get over that one either! Governments all seem to be over-stepping their bounds with these ill-considered dog laws.

MaryHaight
MaryHaight

I agree, Kim! It was really very interesting to read all the different things happening from place to place, and which groups are doing what about it. Leo's post really shocked me - dogs being labeled as dangerous and possibly put to death because they jumped up on someone?? What a completely mad world we live in.

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