If Reindeer Were Reindogs… We Know 8 in Need of Treats!

Twas the Night Before Christmas and eight real-life rescue dogs would love their stockings filled. If their wishes came true, the story would go something like this…

The Night Before Christmas
The Night Before Christmas graphic produced by Pet365 and Dogorama.
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Eight real-life rescue dogs would love their stockings filled!

Holiday Treat Dogs - Dog House Adoptions

We would be ever-so-grateful for healthy meals, training treats, and femur bones for holiday desert. Visit Dog House Adoptions for details or you can donate straight away through Paypal. Thank you!



Every bit helps a dog!
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Dog House Adoptions is an all-volunteer, not-for-profit 501(c)3 organization which relies on contributions, adoption fees, small grants, and fund raising events to provide for the dogs in our care. All contributions are deductible to the fullest extent of the law.
Raise $5000 for Rescue Pets This Week – Just Tweet and Post! #BTC4A

Raise $5000 for Rescue Pets This Week – Just Tweet and Post! #BTC4A

Fund-Free Fundraiser

For every tweet and blog post featuring the #BTC4A hashtag (short for Be the Change for Animals) from October 22-27, Petco will donate $1 for rescue pets – up to $5000 – at BarkWorld!

This is one of those topics that gets me right here. Pictured above is Trex. He’s one of our adoptable dogs at Dog House Adoptions, one of roughly 30 who we’ve offered shelter from the streets in Rensselaer County, NY since our founding 6 months ago.

I know, first hand, how much small, local rescue does on-the-ground in communities like yours and mine. I also understand that general donations are the most helpful means of spaying, neutering, giving vaccinations, heartworm testing, and treating injuries or illness. Yes, I had a hand in creating this fundraiser based on this very knowledge. Why not make these goals as easily attainable as possible?

Trex was neutered last month, and he’s ready for his new home. His story can be the story of many other rescued pets with your help. It’s so easy!

ACT NOW!

  • Tweet this now through Saturday, October 27th at 11 AM (EST) :

Rescue pets receive $1 from @Petco at @BarkWorldExpo for each #BTC4A tweet from Oct 22-27! Learn more: http://ht.ly/eEls7

  • Blog about what rescue means to you, now through Saturday, October 27th at 11 AM (EST). Add #BTC4A to your post title. Add your post link (not just your domain) to the blog hop list below to be counted. Bonus: Each time your post is tweeted, you’ll earn more money for rescue pets!
  • Nominate your favorite no-kill 501(c)3 rescue or shelter at the Petco booth through Friday, October 26th! (BarkWorld Attendees only.)


Why It Matters

Animal organizations need funds for food, vaccinations, spays, neuters, treatment of injuries and illness – expenses that adoption fees don’t fully cover. General donations allow an organization to address their most pressing needs. Together, we can raise $5000 to assist local, no-kill rescues and shelters!

We animal lovers at Be the Change for Animals, BarkWorld, Petco, and Two Little Cavaliers believe that helping rescue pets is important. We know you do too. Make the difference. Be, Blog and Tweet the Change for Animals!

The BIG WINNERS will be announced this weekend during BarkWorld’s Petco session on Saturday!

You DO NOT need to attend BarkWorld to participate.
Simply tweet or post and help us raise $5,000!
We’ll let you know who wins, right here!! 

BarkWorld  Petco
BtC4Animals     Two Little Cavaliers

Bloggers, Readers, Unite for Dog Rescue on July 23!

Bloggers, Readers, Unite for Dog Rescue on July 23!

Rescue Me

Bloggers Unite for Dog Rescue

Let’s help homeless dogs find rescue volunteers, foster families, sponsors, and loving homes. Spread the word about the importance of dog rescue on July 23!

Not a blogger? Leave a comment on your favorite posts and share article links on your favorite social media networks!

ENCOURAGE PEOPLE TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE:

Let’s do more than talk about the millions of beautiful, healthy dogs put down each year due to overcrowding in shelters. Let’s inspire people to feel good about being involved with rescue, in whatever capacity they so choose.

  • Tell a beautiful story about a simple volunteer experience or a dog you’ve personally fostered or rescued.
  • Write about a dog whose life is positively changed thanks to even the smallest bit of human intervention.
  • Share how a rescue dog has positively impacted his or her human.

Most people are aware that a overpopulation problem exists, but they can’t see themselves as part of the solution.  We all know that hands-on help is most needed, so add an easy call to action. Baby steps are fine.

If answering phones at a local rescue makes somebody fall in love with a furry friend, we can applaud one more dog saved through a meaningful connection and the addition of one more rescue advocate to our community. Because there can never be enough of either.

THANK YOU

Thanks to Blog CatalogDog Rescue Success, and Be the Change for Animals for promoting this event. (click their links for more on how to participate.) And thanks to everyone who plans to take part. See you then!

 

Birth of Dog House Adoptions and Puppies!

Birth of Dog House Adoptions and Puppies!

Kim Clune and Tony - Photo: Lisa Drury

Involved with every Blog the Change for Animals event since the start, I have always shared beautiful causes that are important to me while encouraging others to take up a cause of their own. That call to action doesn’t come lightly or without personal expectation, too. That said, I have an exciting announcement to make…

Having banded together with Lori Harris, Audra Bentley, and my husband Tim Clune, it is with great pleasure that we introduce our new rescue child into this world… along with the first litter of gorgeous stray puppies who need us!

Dog House Adoptions

MEET DOG HOUSE ADOPTIONS OF RENSSELAER COUNTY, NY!

Dog House Adoptions provides a safe, loving place for unclaimed strays to go when their holding time is up. The way we see it, dogs are not throw away items. Their lives have value and, when the community comes together to support their needs, the dogs do something miraculous. No matter how weary, weathered or worn, they give back with their whole hearts.

Our plans are lofty (more on that later), but our priorities are simple:

  • Care for the dogs who need us now
  • Educate children to protect the dogs of the future
  • Provide dogs a means to serve the community who serves them
  • Accomplish each stage with a sense of humor

WORDS: REALITY’S BUILDING BLOCKS

While volunteers offer hands-on care and boarding of strays, the board crafts policies that help both animals and people. My job is to build a presence with words and beautiful images, to tell a moving story that engages people to great ends, and to do so in a way that feels good – because the shadow of sadness hanging over rescue deters people from becoming a committed solution. And our approach is working!

COMMUNITY: OUR LIFEBLOOD

We want to offer our dogs ways to engage with the community, to create a symbiotic relationship of giving and getting back between people and animals, yet we are currently receiving so much more than we offer. Generous and knowledgeable people keep calling to help – without solicitation. Just a few examples:

  • The Rensselaer County Chamber of Commerce offered a ribbon cutting ceremony for us at their 112th Annual Dinner in front of more than 450 local businesses.
  • Marlene Wagner, a certified dog trainer for whom I hold the highest regard, offered to speak about the differences between family dogs vs. rescue dog interactions at next week’s maiden volunteer orientation.
  • My neighbor, Debbie Beaudoin, called to say that she read every word and checked every link on our website for accuracy and functionality.

As exciting as this all is, none of these moments were…

THE MOMENT IT BECAME REAL

Leave it to a dog to open my eyes. Bristol, a sweet and speedy young girl who we affectionately call a Nascar Lab blend, came to us with scars and scabs from a traumatic mating and with her own puppy pit crew on board. Lisa Drury, a reputable lab breeder, took Bristol in, delivered her pups, and is caring for them until they are properly weaned. When I asked to photograph the puppies without imposing on Lisa more than we already had, her response is what brought it all home:

Not an inconvenience at all! They are YOUR puppies!!

I HAVE PUPPIES

The weight of those words settled in around my shoulders like warm wrap. This was not a burdensome weight, but a commitment of love and determination to do my best for these innocent lives. I sat still with that thought, wholly embraced it as my version of motherhood, and then grabbed my photo gear with the excitement of a child off to a birthday party.

Meet the  Puppy Pit Crew: Danica, Dale Jr., Tony and Kasey!

Did I mention that folks think they might be Nascar/Bull Mastiff blends? I guess that means I have PUPPIES (<- in big letters). These kiddos are already larger than a healthy lab pup at just 3 weeks. This video is from week 1, and there will be much, much more to come!

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!

Many of you have heard our lofty ideas (to be announced soon) and encouraged this project. I am so grateful for the enthusiasm. To Mike Arms, the entire staff at the Helen Woodward Animal Center, and Kyla Duffy , we couldn’t have come this far so fast without your trail-blazing knowledge, experience, guidance and inspiration.

For those of you who wish to support us through our first growth spurt, please share our adoptable dogs, volunteer, and get our e-newletter through DogHouseAdoptions.org. You can also follow us on Facebook Twitter, and Google+.

Join us on this amazing journey.
The dogs would love to have you.

 

Third and Final Way to Win Cash for You AND an Animal Charity!

Third and Final Way to Win Cash for You AND an Animal Charity!

UPDATE:
Congratulations to winner Kristie Wright and her charity of choice,  The Leon County Humane Society, a membership – supported, no-kill organization!

Social Media For Social Good

Welcome to the final round of our holiday raffle!‘Tis the season to be jolly, and generous, and even a bit broke. But, with some luck, you could feel jolly for generously helping needy animals and even earn a few bucks for yourself – just by making new friends!

Enter to become the one lucky winner who receives:

$112 cash delivered to your PayPal account and
$213 sent directly to the non-profit animal charity of your choice! 

Every animal lover you follow on  Google+ below enters you into the random drawing for a chance to win.  The more actions you complete, the more entries you’ll toss in the hat! Not into Google+?

Mix and match, or enter all four ways if you like. All posts will close at 12:01am Eastern on December 29. The winner will be announced as soon as humanly possible!

First up, please share the animal charity you’ll give to in the comment section below. We’d love to learn about the work they do. Links are welcome and gushing is encouraged!

Our Donation Choice

If we win, we’ll not only send $213 to AnimalKind, Inc. a holistic cat rescue program in Hudson, NY, we’ll donate our $112 personal winnings, too! AnimalKind, Inc. rescues shelter cats from death row; manages feral colonies; offers disaster relief and TNR (trap, neuter/spay and release) to the community; engages with local towns for protective animal legislation; and provides people with the education and financial support needed to be good pet parents. It’s also where we adopted our two cats, Jed and Jackson,

In part one of this raffle, we shared video of our cats celebrating their first holiday season with us last year. Next, we shared their adoption day with a glimpse at the inside workings of AnimalKind. Today, we share what kitten season looks like at AnimalKind – and how much work goes into caring for these babies daily.

Best of luck! And thanks to the supporting bloggers and small business owners who banded together with organizers Two Little Cavaliers and Pamper Yourself in Pink for this social media event, chipping in a few dollars toward the prize money. We’re thrilled to be counted among you!


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Holiday Raffle: Win Cash for You AND an Animal Charity!

Holiday Raffle: Win Cash for You AND an Animal Charity!

UPDATE:
Congratulations to winner Kristie Wright and her charity of choice,  The Leon County Humane Society, a membership – supported, no-kill organization!

Social Media For Social Good

Welcome to round two of our holiday raffle! ‘Tis the season to be jolly, and generous, and even a bit broke. But, with some luck, you could feel jolly for generously helping needy animals and even earn a few bucks for yourself!

Enter to become the one lucky winner who receives:

$112 cash delivered to your PayPal account and
$213 sent directly to the non-profit animal charity of your choice! 

Every animal lover you follow on Twitter below enters you into the random drawing for a chance to win.  The more actions you complete, the more entries you’ll toss in the hat! Not into Twitter?

First up, please share the animal charity you’ll give to in the comment section below. We’d love to learn about the work they do. Links are welcome and gushing is encouraged!

Our Donation Choice

If we win, we’ll not only send $213 to AnimalKind, Inc. a holistic cat rescue program in Hudson, NY, we’ll donate our $112 personal winnings, too! AnimalKind, Inc. rescues shelter cats from death row; manages feral colonies; offers disaster relief and TNR (trap, neuter/spay and release) to the community; engages with local towns for protective animal legislation; and provides people with the education and financial support needed to be good pet parents. It’s also where we adopted our two cats, Jed and Jackson,

In part one of this raffle, we shared video of our cats celebrating their first holiday season with us last year. Today, we share their adoption day with a glimpse at the inside workings of AnimalKind.

Best of luck! And thanks to the supporting bloggers and small business owners who banded together with organizers Two Little Cavaliers and Pamper Yourself in Pink for this social media event, chipping in a few dollars toward the prize money. We’re thrilled to be counted among you!

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