ILRA Presents: Pet Dental Health Month Challenge!

Hey everyone! Did you know that February is Pet Dental Heath Month? It might not be the first thing you think of when you think of your pet’s health, but your animal’s teeth are just as important to them as ours are to us! We think oral care for our furry kids is important and we want to help celebrate the importance of this month by doing something fun.

Image From AVMASo how did we come up with this challenge? Back in November, Greenies told us about a Pet Oral Health Event they were having at Petco stores around the country. We gathered up our pups and headed over where we met a Nutro/Greenies representative. She did a quick visual exam and rated them on several different aspects such as plaque, calculus and gingival inflammation. They all had varying stages of plaque build-up and the smallest dog had calculus & gingival inflammation as well. The Greenies lady suggested that we try feeding our kids a Greenie a day for a month to really get their teeth back to where they should be. After that, we could cut back and just try to maintain the results. It sounded like a cool idea so we talked to our contact at Greenies and she thought it was a great idea & would fit perfectly for Pet Dental Health Month.

So here we are, one day before February 1st and the start of our challenge! We have five dogs lined up here that are going to participate. We have a great range of dogs in age, size, and oral health so this is going to be really interesting to see how much improvement we see in each of them over the next month. Greenies kindly donated all the Greenies samples we’re going to need for the next month. All five dogs are going to the vet today to have their overall oral health evaluated. They are going to be re-evaluated at the end of the month as well. Tomorrow we will post the results of their exams as well as pre-challenge pictures of their teeth. We’ll be taking new photos each week and will have a huge end results post at the end of February. For now, please meet the our cute participants!

The Puppy Participants!


Husky mix – 7 years old – 55 pounds


Briard mix – 2 years old – 40 pounds


Maltipoo – 4 years old – 12 pounds


Pit Bull – 10 years – 55 pounds


Golden/Lab mix – 5 years – 80 pounds

Come Join the Challenge!

Now here comes the fun part! We want YOU to join us in our challenge! Pick a pup, give them a Greenie a day and document the changes as the month progresses. Why do you want to do this? Why, so your best furry friend will have better oral health, of course! That and Greenies has kindly offered a prize to be given to one random participant! At the end of the month, we will do a random drawing of participants and one lucky duck will win 12 packs of Greenies suited to the size of their dog. You read that right – TWELVE! Depending on the size of your dog, that could be a YEAR’S SUPPLY! How cool is that? The winner will be chosen by a random drawing – join soon because for every week you take the challenge with us, you’ll get an extra entry into the drawing! So come on and join us! This will be a great way for all of us to celebrate Pet Dental Health Month together! We will improve our pets’ overall health by ensuring they have better oral health.

365DAA Day 31: Pets Alive Westchester

Oh my goodness, you guys! We did it! We did our first month! How awesome is that? Everything after this is just downhill, right? Oh alright, maybe not. BUT I feel like getting through our first month is a huge success. Now let’s celebrate by supporting this awesome next group: Pets Alive Westchester!

Also see this shirt on flickr!

About Pets Alive Westchester

Pets Alive Westchester is a no-kill animal shelter. Our mission is to improve the lives of companion animals everywhere by any means possible, including rescue, adoption, advocacy, collaboration, intervention and education. We care for dogs, cats and rabbits at our sanctuary in Elmsford, NY. Many of the animals at Pets Alive Westchester are older, have special needs or require special care. At any given time, we house approximately 250 dogs and 300 cats. Our goal is to find permanent, loving homes for all of the animals who pass through our doors – but in lieu of that, we provide sanctuary for as long as is necessary for those more difficult to place either due to age, health, or behavioral history. Each day presents a new challenge or a new beginning.

Pets Alive Westchester is one of the oldest no-kill organizations in the United States – we areover 80 years old and are recognized within the local community, nationwide and around the world, as a leader in developing alliances to end the killing of adoptable animals and promoting the humane treatment of animals.

Where You Can Find Them

Don’t forget to pledge your own shirt to this project by emailing 365 AT This project CANNOT happen without you! Thank you for your support! Find out more about this project on our 365 Days of Animal Advocacy page.

365DAA Day 30: Dirk’s Fund Golden Retriever Rescue

My very best friend growing up was a golden retriever named Brandy. She was everything to me. She passed away after a long and full life when I was in high school and still a day doesn’t go by when I don’t think about her. Having her in my life as I grew up made a huge impact on my life in many ways – I doubt I would be such an active animal lover if it hadn’t been her. Dogs are amazing creatures and to be able to support a fantastic rescue like Dirk’s Fund Golden Retriever Rescue is important to us.

Also see this shirt on flickr!

About Dirk’s Fund Golden Retriever Rescue

Dirk’s Fund Golden Retriever Rescue is a no-kill organization devoted to the rescue, rehabilitation and successful placement of homeless dogs of all ages. Through the care of a dedicated team of volunteers and the generous donations of our supporters in the community, we are able to provide all the necessary treatments and training to each and every dog that enters our rescue. The combination of all of these factors allows us to provide happy endings and “forever” homes to hundreds of dogs each year.

Since Dirk’s Fund began over 20 years ago, we have rehabilitated and rescued thousands of dogs. There is no better rescue than Dirk’s Fund. No one does more with a buck than we do. We have NO PAID STAFF MEMBERS. A group of very committed volunteers makes it all happen every hour of every day, every day of every year.

Where You Can Find Them

Don’t forget to pledge your own shirt to this project by emailing 365 AT This project CANNOT happen without you! Thank you for your support! Find out more about this project on our 365 Days of Animal Advocacy page.

365DAA Day 29: Teeny’s Friends

Do your dogs love toys? I bet it doesn’t come as a surprise then that dogs in shelters love toys as well. Our friends Katy and Teeny of Teeny’s Friends know that all too well and they are bent on making sure that every dog in the shelter has a toy to play with. Dogs become more socialized by playing with the toys (and less bored) and more likely to be adopted. So let’s here it for Teeny and Teeny’s Friends!

Also see this shirt on flickr!

About Teeny’s Friends

Teeny’s Friends primarily operates by raising toys through monthly toy drives. Each month we place bins at an animal-related organization for two weeks. After the two weeks are over, we pick up the bins and collect the toys, which will in turn be donated to an animal-related charity. We like to let the host choose the beneficiary group, so that everyone gets a chance to benefit, as many people have a favorite organization (many times one that we wouldn’t have heard about otherwise!) so that the toys get spread out more evenly and fairly! Each month the toy drive location and beneficiary organization is posted on this blog, as well as on our Facebook and our Twitter. If you are in the Austin, TX area and would like to either host or benefit, please email us at

Another way we help needy dogs is with our official Teeny’s Friends one-fur-one toy. When you purchase one, we donate one to a needy dog in a shelter. They are only $4.99, and you can find ordering information and a photo of the toy by clicking on the above link, as well as in the right-hand sidebar (which is available on all pages).

Where You Can Find Them

Don’t forget to pledge your own shirt to this project by emailing 365 AT This project CANNOT happen without you! Thank you for your support! Find out more about this project on our 365 Days of Animal Advocacy page.

Shelter Sketches: Meet Earl and Milo

Purple is most assuredly not one of my favorite colors, but it can be fun to mess around with ridiculous shades every now and then. 🙂

Meet Earl and Milo

These two grey and white boys were rescued from a hoarder, but are safe and healthy now!

Earl (left) is a Munchkin mix, so he has short, stubby front legs. He’s very goofy and loves to play fetch. His favorite toy is a ball with a feather on it that he holds in his mouth until he finds the perfect spot to drop it in.

Milo (right) is tall, muscular kitten. He loves to curl up on the couch and purr. He’s a bit shy at first, but once he trusts you he loves to cuddle, and he plays really well with other cats.

Both boys are neutered, up-to-date on shots, and micro-chipped.

Contact Info:
Sandi Sandman

Meet Earl and Milo

Texture from Princess of Shadows.

You can see some photos of Earl and Milo, as well as some others, on Facebook!

Chelsea Conlin is a freelance illustrator, but if she can help spread the word about animals in need with her skills, she’s more than happy to do so! She currently lives in Kentucky with her husband where they do what they can by driving dog rescue transports on weekends. They have two dogs of their own: a rescue greyhound named Storm and a mixed breed named Azu. You can find Chelsea at Paper Nautilus, her sketchblog, twitter, and deviantArt.