To our American readers, Happy Thanksgiving! My pups and I have much to be thankful for today, namely that we found each other way back when — when they were sitting in shelters and I was looking for a dog to love. With so many awesome animals looking for forever homes, The Shelter Pet Project has recently launched a new informational and PSA campaign designed to help homeless pets and loving homes find one another.
A year ago, San Francisco based dog photographer Kira Stackhouse came up with an awesome idea and she needs our help to make it happen. Kira set out to create a user-generated dog book inclusive of all dogs in the hope of creating a platform to promote responsible dog ownership via creativity, art, and community. Project Dog will be a 350+ page coffee table book that will feature more than 170 of the American Kennel Club’s dog breeds, both a purebred and rescue dog of each breed, living in the San Francisco Bay Area. Each photo will be accompanied by touching stories of love, devotion and friendship, written by each dog’s owner. Doesn’t this sound amazing? We can help Kira make Project Dog a reality by sending her a pledge through Kickstarter. Kira only has until August 27th to make her a dream a reality. For all the details, please visit Project Dog’s Kickstarter page. And for additional information about the book, be sure and visit the Project Dog site. Best of luck, Kira!
The Safe Harbor Prison Dog Program is a wonderful organization that gives both man and man’s best friend a second chance at life. Started back in 2004, the organizers behind Safe Harbor had this lofty goal in mind: “to save as many dogs as we can, provide them with safe harbor, and give them a second chance at life.” Safe Harbor rescues dogs that have been mistreated, abandoned, and sent to high-kill animal shelters across the Midwest. Once rescued, they are sent to the Lansing Correctional Facility, where 100 inmates, trained as animal handlers, foster the dogs.
Moschino has launched a limited edition collection of dog leashes and collars with all proceeds going to the National Disaster Search Dog Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to training rescue dogs to become search dogs. Once trained, these dogs are partnered with firefighters and other first responders to assist in finding people after natural disasters. In particular, the project supports the rescue activities conducted after the recent earthquake in Japan.
Smile For a Cure is a pet portrait charity benefitting The National Canine Cancer Foundation. It is an organization comprised of a group of caring pet photographers all over the country committed to making a difference by raising funds and awareness for canine cancer. With one in every three dogs afflicted with cancer in their lives, and of those, 50% losing the battle, it is certainly a noteworthy cause. Once a year, participating Smile For a Cure pet photographers donate 100% of their session fees to The National Canine Cancer Foundation. To find a participating photographer near you, to donate, or to become a participating photographer yourself, visit the Smile For a Cure site.
The US Postal Service has unveiled its newest batch of stamps, Adopt a Shelter Pet commemorative postage stamps. The Stamps to the Rescue promotional campaign featuring spokesperson Ellen DeGeneres aims to donate 1 million meals to animal shelters across the country. DeGeneres co-owns Halo, Purely for Pets, a holistic pet care company.
The stamps feature five cats and five dogs who were adopted from a shelter in New Milford, CT. The portraits were taken by stamp photographer Sally Andersen-Bruce.
You can order them at the online USPS Postal Store now, or wait and get them at your local post office starting on April 30th. Assuming you still use stamps…