Dog Rescue, Bloggers Unite Worldwide

by Mary Haight on July 23, 2012

A stray dog abandoned by its owners approaches...

A stray dog abandoned by its owners approaches a rescue worker in New Orleans. Many animals were left by their owners who could not take them to the evacuation shelters. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Dog rescue is the focus for today’s worldwide action for bloggers everywhere. Bloggers Unite for Dog Rescue was started by members of Blog Catalog back in 2007 and now includes Dog Rescue Success and BTC4Animals.

You too can join in and be part of saving more dogs – and it’s easy. Use your twitter account and Facebook page to let your friends know what’s going on, help spread the word and be the reason more dogs are adopted. Why add one more thing on your “to-do” list today? I’m glad you asked!

Dog Rescue – Most Under-Funded Mission on the Planet

Less than 2% of all charitable giving (2010 stats) goes to – get this – not just animal-related causes, but is shared with environmental causes! This figure has not changed since I came into the world of philanthropy and social change in ’96. I find it hard to believe, but all the more impetus to use social media to its very best effect – shine a light on the fact that adopting dogs saves millions of lives every year.

Social Media, Dog Rescue, the Numbers

Dog rescue day and the reverberations that result from this social media marketing effort can help change everything for those dogs in that approximate 4  million number of pets killed each year. It’s up to you, me and everyone who cares about dogs to make this campaign a success. We have all seen the great response to puppy mills busts and natural disasters. Millions of pets are adopted each year because of the internet and social media, let’s add another million or two and whittle that 4 million plus number down.

Questions and Answers

Why are so many animals being killed? Is it the over-population problem many point to? That may be less of an issue now than shelters business savvy. With pet shop and internet pet sales taking the greater market share, people need to know about the connection they have to puppy mills that 80% of the public is not aware of. Check the ASPCA’s post on why you should never buy a puppy online and share that with friends who are probably part of that 80% who don’t know!

I mentioned a lesser known fact in my last post that according to HSUS only 20% of dogs in households come from shelters. Now there may be a few extra percentage points you could quibble over, but it is a horribly inadequate number any way you look at it. Dogs have been dying from poor marketing, bad photographs, and scary descriptions sure to drive people away rather than entice them to come and see Chewy, who doesn’t really chew up anything or anybody at all. This has been changing over the past few years thanks to a relatively newer organization’s compelling, innovative approach – humor.

The Shelter Pet Project has had an enormous influence in the sheltering community and a positive effect on public perception of shelter dogs with their very clever video advertising campaign. Their unique, upbeat style to getting homeless dogs adopted has helped many shelters that decide to use this approach kick-start their adoption programs and get themselves out of the dog house in their communities. But dogs still need your help!

Dog Rescue is Personal

How do I know all this? While many readers know of my background in animal welfare, you may not. I’ve been involved in animal rescue and welfare for more than 20 years first as a free agent and then in my capacity as an executive on the board of directors of a shelter, and have helped to save horses and many more dogs over that time.

Now you can get out there, talk to your friends, share this post and the many others out there, tweet away, and just in case you need more ways to help:

  • Donate expertise or money
  • Volunteer
  • Become a foster parent
  • Ask your favorite local shelter/dog rescue what they have on their greatest needs wish list. Maybe you and some of your business contacts can help. If your company still has a matching funds program, what a bonus!

Thanks for any and all help you give today – I bet bloggers everywhere thank you, and I know the dogs do!

 

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11 comments
wantmorepuppies
wantmorepuppies

Great post for the event... sometimes it's easy to forget that not everyone else is so involved with rescue as most pet bloggers are!

san diego dog wash
san diego dog wash

These are some shocking figures! 2% wow! And I thought dogs are man's best friend eh? I didn't want to delve into the whole puppy mill thing, might get me too depressed.

Donna and the Dogs
Donna and the Dogs

I can't believe only 2% of donations go to animal causes and environmental causes combined. How sad on both fronts. Being surrounded by dog loving people, I tend to think everyone gives to animal causes, but I guess we are actually in the minority. :-(

Jen
Jen

Great post! It surprises me far too frequently that almost nobody seems to know anything about puppy mills. I was one of those people, unfortunately, but that was years ago.

@ShelterDoggies
@ShelterDoggies

Only 2%!! Wow! We never realized that it was so low. While we knew money was needed, this stat still shocks! That is why we started www.shelterdoggies.com We wanted to raise money for animal shelters painlessly! It has been an effort, but we are ready to write our first check to a shelter on Aug 15. Please visit our site, use it and tell everyone you know about it. Any questions: there are contact links on the site. Thanks to each and everyone of you who help these animals. Doug (Chief Dog Walker)

Bailey
Bailey

I think there is a huge issue with marketing. I suspect it is a place volunteers could help out. Those who could take better pictures, those who have web skills that could update the websites, etc.

layanglicana
layanglicana

I agree with Paula - we re-homed mother and daughter whippets several years ago, and they have been a great source of joy. They were 6 and 3 at the time, and the mother died last year. But the daughter has adjusted to being supreme princess of the household pretty well - she now has her own basket in every room and divides her favours between my husband and myself.

Paula Henry
Paula Henry

Our last two dogs were rescued. Many people I talk to fear there must be a behavior problem with a rescue dog, otherwise, the owners would not have given them up. Then there's the group of people who only want a puppy. Our two rescues were both 4 when we got them and they are the two best dogs we've had. I think they just love being in a home where they are spoiled :)

kenzohw
kenzohw

You have some interesting facts here Mary. Wow, that many people don't even know puppy mills exist? Shocking. It was an eye-opener as well only 2%o of charity is going to animal related causes and is even shared with the environment. Somehow I thought it was a lot more. Still I think a lot is accomplished for it, but imagine how much better it could be.

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