Pets Add Life (And Love! And Fur!)

Could you imagine your life without your pets? I know I couldn’t! Not only would it be lonely, but it would be so vastly different that it’s pretty incomprehensible. I mean, I can’t even go a three day BlogPaws Conference without missing my furkids terribly and resorting to clinging to those present to ease my withdrawal symptoms! My kids make me smile every single day. They are always up to something, always being cute, always causing trouble. They keep us on our toes. They exhaust us. The drive us to the brink of insanity. They make our home and our lives complete. Put simply, Pets Add Life.

Pets Add Life

And that’s exactly the message behind the Pets Add Life (PAL) campaign. They, like us, are very straightforward about their mission. We love rescue animals and want people to know how awesome they are and they want everyone to know the joys that animals bring to your life! In their own words, the “Pets Add Life campaign is designed to demonstrate the joys and benefits of pet ownership, thus driving increased adoption of pets and responsible ownership of pets.” Is that not perfect for ILRA? Not only are we about rescuing animals in need but we also promote animal welfare and offer tips on how to better care for your four legged (or winged or finned or legless, you get the idea) children! They also encourage people to consider having multiple pets so that your animal companions are never lonely. You know what kind of menagerie we have, right? With 3 dogs, 6 cats and 4 rats, we definitely have a multi-pet household. And that’s not including our feral cat, 3 cat fosters and pit bull foster! Our home may be a little chaotic at times, but we wouldn’t change it for the world! Obviously, we jumped at the chance to help promote this campaign because it just fits so well with what we’re all about!

In their efforts to spread their mission, PAL utilizes a blog, a Facebook page, and a twitter account so to follow along with the fun, be sure to like, follow, and comment! They also make really funny YouTube videos, from the point of view of pets. I’d link to one but then, well, it’s more fun to make you wait in anticipation! Of course you can always go look them up (they’re right on the website) but I promise you that we will be posting about them soon.

What Now? Action!

So what can you do until then? Check out all the fun conversations on the PAL social media accounts! Get the conversation going with you, your friends, your followers. How do pets add to your life? Do you have a multi-pet household? What made you want to have more than one pet? Do you think it’s beneficial?

The last thing you should do? Go hug your kids, of course! Unless they’re a fish… ’cause then you might not want to. 😉

This post is sponsored by the Pets Add Life campaign and the American Pet Products Association. I am being compensated for helping spread the word about the benefits and joys of pet ownership. We wanted to join the campaign because the message is right up our alley.

Write a Post, Help a Dog! Again! In 3D!

That’s right! It’s that time of the year again. I Love Rescue Animals, along with several other bloggers, have come together with the Pedigree Foundation to promote the Write a Post, Help a Dog! campaign. No, it’s not really in 3D, but it could be! Do you have a dog at your feet? Give him a big hug – there’s your happy, tail-wagging 3D element. If only all 3D came with fur.

Write a Post, Help a Dog!

In the past two years through the “Write a Post, Help a Dog” initiative at BlogPaws, Pedigree and
bloggers have united to generate nearly 650 blog posts to raise awareness about commitment to
adoption and encourage everyone to help feed shelter dogs in their local communities. It’s been quite the inspiration for all involved.

What does it mean to support this campaign? It means that more dogs living in shelters in need will receive more food. More food for the shelters means that they can take more funding that would have gone to feeding and use that to help build more kennels, supply better vet care, and put more effort into marketing their animals. So I hear you ask, “Well what can I do?”

How You Can Help

That’s easy. Write a post! Share your shelter story, tell the world “Adopt! Don’t shop!” and urge your readers to help you raise awareness. It’s that easy. For each post written for the “Write a Post, Help a Dog” campaign, the Pedigree Foundation will donate 20 pounds of their new dry Pedigree food for dogs to shelters. Last year, each participating blog generated one 20 pound food donation to shelters affected by Hurricane Irene for a total of 2,980 pounds of Pedigree Dry Dog Food. How awesome is that?

Just a Few Steps

01. Read this post. Good job.
02. Write your own post about “Write a Post, Help a Dog” and what the Pedigree Foundation is doing to help. This needs to be done by MIDNIGHT EST, SATURDAY JUNE 30TH!
03. Link it to the BlogHop Linky at the bottom of this post.

You can also post this little badge on your blog to let everyone know all the good you’re doing!

Other Ways to Help

If you want to help in other ways, Pedigree is encouraging consumers to donate online at The Pedigree Foundation or you can purchase some cool Dogs Rule Gear here, where the proceeds go to the Foundation. Likewise, shelters can apply for grants from the Pedigree Foundation by completing a form at The Pedigree Foundation website.

When you’ve written your post, don’t forget to link it to the linky below. The puppies thank you!

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Shelter Sketches: Meet Kimba

Ash, Nikki, and I are at BlogPaws this weekend! Please say hello if you’re here as well, and remember that we’ll be Tweeting  as @RescueAnimals@DesignCoyote and @Cacodaemonia, respectively.

Meet Kimba

Kimba is an adult male pit bull terrier mix. His previous guardians didn’t take good care of him so he wound up at the shelter. Despite his sad past, he loves to cuddle and is great with other dogs. Kimba is house-trained and knows some basic commands, though he is still a bit shy on-leash. He is also neutered and up-to-date on shots. Can you give this gentle boy a home?

Contact Info:
Kent County SPCA, Camden, DE

Meet Kimba

Texture from CG Textures and Bittbox.

To find out more about Kimba, check out his Petfinder page.

Chelsea Conlin lives in Las Vegas with her partner, where they do what they can to help animals. They have two dogs of their own: a rescue greyhound named Storm and a mixed breed named Azu. You can find Chelsea on Facebook and Twitter.

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