On January 10, I asked animal advocates everywhere to send me the links to their organizations and causes. Below are the links to the various shelters, rescues, and other animal organizations that participated in this event. In order to make this as successful as possible, please fan and/or like all links in this list and share this list with your own networks! And be sure to check out the participant picture slideshow!
ThePhillyDog/ Facebook fan page/ Twitter/ Email (Philadelphia, PA): The essential guide to owning (adopting!!) a dog in Philadelphia, with information on dog/rescue events and dog friendly businesses.
Peace for Puppies/ Facebook fan page/ Article 1/ Article 2 (Philadlephia, PA): Lizzie Penna, a 10-year old elementary student, created non-profit organization Peace for Puppies at the age of 7. When she learned about animal cruelty through Oprah’s famous puppy mill episode, her mission soon became very clear. Through shelter supply collections, bake sales, car washes, and many other fundraisers, Lizzie has done her part to help local shelters. She also provides humane education for other children to teach them how to make a difference for animals. The irony? Lizzie’s allergic to animals.
Hand2Paw/ Project page/ Facebook fan page/ Email (Philadelphia, PA): Philadelphia faces two enormous problems: homeless youth and homeless animals. Homeless youth that “age-out” of the foster care system are more likely to be unemployed and homeless. Philadelphia lacks the resources to help these individuals transition smoothly into adult life. Philadelphia also faces a ballooning homeless animal population, and lacks the resources to properly rehabilitate and socialize many animals. Hand2Paw brings together two organizations in order to combat these problems in a mutually beneficial way. Twitter page, blog, and full website coming this week!
The Monster Minders Dog Walking & Pet Sitting/ Facebook fan page (Philadelphia, PA): We’re the trusted and award-winning professional pet care service for Philadelphia’s pet parents (and their monsters). Our dedication to both clients & monsters shines through in all of the little details that makes our pet sitting and dog walking service unique. Also check out The Monster Milers/ Facebook fan page: Our primary mission is to connect Philadelphia runners with homeless dogs as running companions. We provide ongoing support for PAWS (Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society) through sponsored adoption events and running adventures for the homeless dogs as they wait for their forever homes.
Siegrist LLC Dog Training & Behavior Consultation (Philadelphia, PA): Carol Siegrist was previously the Director of Training & Animal Behavior for the PSPCA. She has been working with dogs and cats for more than 20 years as an owner, trainer, and most recently as a Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT).
Colleen Rudolf/ Work Samples/ Blog (Philadelphia, PA): A sculptor, painter, public installation artist, and hopeful explorer of new media, Colleen currently works out of her studio in Philadelphia dividing her time between her portrait business and other projects.
Friends of Philly Zoo Elephants (Philadelphia, PA): A grassroots group started by local citizens in 2005 to help the elephants confined in the Philly Zoo. Members educate the public on the plight of the elephants through school assemblies, peaceful demonstrations, and other outreach events. Since the group began, one elephant, Dulary, moved to the wonderful Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee; one elephant, Petal, died; and two elephants, Kallie and Bette, are still at risk in a breeding-holding facility in Central PA. Please join our efforts to raise awareness of the reality of the lives of exotic animals in captivity.
Philly Pets & Seniors/ Facebook fan page (Philadelphia, PA): A website that strives to provide informational resources to older individuals who have companion animals, as well as to those who are helping an older person with a pet. It lists local organizations that pet owners will find useful (spay/neuter facilities; shelters and rescues), websites that can answer pet care questions, tips for managing the challenges that can accompany having a pet in one’s home, and programs that support pet ownership among senior citizens.
Philadelphia Community Cats Council (PCCC) (Philadelphia, PA)/ Facebook group page (Philadelphia, PA): The mission of the PCCC is Trap Neuter Release Management – a non lethal, cost effective, humane solution to controlling and decreasing the feral cat population over time.
Green Street Rescue/ Facebook fan page (Philadelphia, PA): Focuses on rescuing stray and feral cats in Center City. In addition to our adoption services, you can also contact us if you are caring for a colony of cats. We will train and provide you with resources for trap-neuter-return-manage (TNRM) and access to PCCC low-cost spay/neuter clinics.
Finding Shelter Animal Rescue/ Facebook fan page/ Sprout, the inspiration dog (Norristown, PA): This all-breed, no-kill rescue for dogs and cats celebrated its first anniversary on January 1, 2011. Volunteer-run and foster-based, we have saved animals from high-kill shelters, puppy mills, owners who no longer wanted them anymore, and from the street. Every dog adopted from us is offered a lifetime of free phone support from Progressive Dog Training trainer Wendy Young, an all-positive reinforcement, gentle methods trainer who works with rescues and has 20+ years of experience.
Good Dogs Unleashed (Wilmington, DE): We offer a discount to rescued and adopted dogs, as well as pets of active and retired military personnel. We train in a large radius around the area. We believe that training is one of the best tools the animal community has to keep pets out of shelters and off the euthanasia table. Please keep us in mind if you have anyone looking for positive reinforcement-based training, or any rescue organizations that are currently housing dogs who could use some assistance in becoming adoptable. Contact Rory by email or phone at 1-302-559-8286.
Delaware Valley Siberian Husky Rescue (DVSHR)/ Facebook fan page: A 501(c)3 non-profit organization, DVSHR finds permanent homes for unwanted Siberian Huskies, provides education about the breed, and assists Siberian owners with training issues.
Northland Pet Pantry (Kansas City, MO): The only Pet Pantry in the Kansas City area, running very low on dog and cat food. Contact: Melissa McMillin, Vice-President/Volunteer Coordinator
Coalition to Ban Ohio Dog Auctions/ Facebook fan page (Columbus, OH): Planning a 2011 Ohio Companion Animal Lobby Day in Columbus on Wednesday, April 6 from 9-2 PM. Working hard to place a measure on the November 2012 ballot (similar in language to PA’s Statute 459-603) which would ban puppy mill auctions and raffles in Ohio.
Don’t Shop… ADOPT!/ LaCroix Tees: Promoting animal rescue and adoption. Find yourself a “furever friend” by contacting your local animal rescue group or animal shelter. LaCroixTees also works with groups to help them raise much needed funds through easy, hassle free fundraising. Our cartoon animal rescue themed shirts are very popular, and LaCroixTees donates $5 for every t-shirt sold to the participating rescue group.
TN Safety Spotters/ Facebook fan page (Tennessee): A nonprofit organization for deaf therapy dogs using my Dalmatians, Lottie Dot and Dora. I’ve been doing Animal-Assisted Therapy for 5 years and started the first deaf dog therapy group due to their ability to read body language and facial expressions. Lottie and Dora visit hospice children, (Lottie Dot has been working at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital for over 4 years), they teach Fire Safety and Dog Bite Prevention, and are also Reading Education Assistance Dogs. I hope to increase the number of adoptions of deaf dogs and decrease the number that gets euthanized daily. The AKC’s Dalmatian Club of America mandates euthanasia of deaf Dalmatians. New studies by Dr. George Strain show 30% of Dalmatians are born deaf. The work I’ve done for years advocating for deaf Dals has convinced some breeders to “secretly’ adopt out their deaf pups. That’s how I got my last one, Dora. Lottie Dot was found on the Interstate at approximately the age of 6-8 weeks old, frozen and starving…coincidentally at the age that breeders check for deafness. My dogs show the public that they can make wonderful companion animals if given a chance. Everything I do is strictly volunteer; last year we did 194 assisted animal therapy visits.
Forward Progress:Turning a negative into a PAWsitive: To turn our anger for Michael Vick and dogfighting into something good!
American Brittany Rescue, Inc. (ABR)/ Facebook fan page: An organization formed in 1991 as a cooperative effort of Brittany owners, breeders, trainers, and fanciers who ABR believes have a responsibility not only for their own dogs and the dogs they produce, but for the breed as a whole. ABR’s mission is to provide the leadership and expertise via a network of trained volunteers to take in stray, abandoned, surrendered and/or impounded purebred Brittanys, provide them with foster care, health and temperament screening, an opportunity for any necessary rehabilitation, and to assure their health and placement into new homes. In order to fulfill this mission, ABR’s volunteers remain flexible and adaptable to current and future business environments and they remain dedicated to the organization.
Women’s Humane Society/ Facebook fan page (Bensalem, PA): Many pets that need homes as well as veterinary services at discounted rates so taking great care of your pet on a budget is affordable. — Recommended by Brian M.
Tabby’s Place/ Facebook page (Lambertville, NJ): A no-kill shelter that makes its cats available for adoption — often “special needs cats” or hopeless cases that most other places would put down after a week or two: Blind cats; cats with paralyzed back legs that pull themselves around in chariots; and just plain’ ol sweet cats that are hard to place because they are older. — Recommended by Mike D.