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 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!

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