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!

I Love Rescue Animals Goes To BlogPaws (Again)!

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BlogPaws or Bust!

While this may not seem like BIG news since Ash and I have attended every BlogPaws Conference since the very first one, what IS big news is that this year, Chelsea will be joining us! For the first time, all three ILRA ladies will be together in one spot in Salt Lake City from June 21st to the 24th. We are super excited about it and can’t wait to be together as an actual team in only four more days! (And many thanks to the awesome folks at Pedigree for once again sponsoring Ash and I – be sure to check back later for a whole post about the upcoming “Write a Post, Help a Dog” campaign!)

Will you be attending BlogPaws? Want the opportunity to meet the three faces behind I Love Rescue Animals? Let us know! Ash and I will be speaking on Saturday about Twitter Strategies along with Kristin Dewey of Cokie the Cat. Ash will speak on the brand strategy behind @RescueAnimals and me on incorporating Twitter into business strategies. All three of us are looking forward to meeting everyone (and seeing old friends) and we hope to see you there! Oh, and if you didn’t know, I Love Rescue Animals is up for the Best Blog Design award in the First Annual BlogPaws Nose-to-Nose Pet Blogging and Social Media Awards! Cross your fingers for us!

You can keep up with the three of us on Twitter to find out where we are at the conference. Ash will be posting as @RescueAnimals, I will be posting as @DesignCoyote and Chelsea as @Cacodaemonia. We can’t wait until BlogPaws! Can you?

Write a Post, Help a Dog 2011

It’s baaack! Once again we are celebrating all things Dog by teaming up with the Pedigree Foundation in an effort to raise awareness about the importance of adoption.

Write a Post, Help a Dog

Every year, more than 4 million dogs end up homeless. That’s A LOT of dogs on the search for their forever homes. Shelters are filling up faster than kennels can be built and with funds being eaten up by the cost of food, few shelters are able to keep up with the demand and have to resort to capping the amount of animals they can house. And we all know what that results in.

So if we can help the shelters by supplying them with food, the money saved is going to help the shelters in other ways. Like funding the building of more space, better vet care, more time to work with dogs that need it. Pedigree understands this and that’s why they are once again joining up with bloggers to bring you the 2011 version of “Write a Post, Help a Dog” campaign. How it works is this: 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. And they are going to give up to 10,000 pounds of food! That’s a whole lot of food for a whole lot of dogs.

Helping Pups Hurt by Hurricane Irene

Because of the timing of this year’s campaign, the Foundation is focusing its efforts on shelters that were hit hard from Hurricane Irene. At the moment, they are pouring through the extensive list they have and we’ll get back to you with the exact shelters that will benefit from this project.

So Here’s What You Need to Do

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 SEPTEMBER 3RD! TODAY!
03. Link it to the BlogHop at the bottom of this post.

Easy peasy. Voila! You are helping donate food to a shelter dog in need. The Pedigree Foundation has already raised more than $376,570 so far this year against its goal of $1.5 million to carry out its work to fund grants that not only help shelters operate, but to further shelter innovations. The Foundation depends on charitable contributions from individuals to carry out its mission to help dogs find loving homes. With the help of bloggers around the world, we can make a difference. One post matters.

Other Ways You Can 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.

Sorry this is all short notice, folks. With the hurricane and earthquake on the East coast, it took Ash and I a bit of time to get back from vacation. Please write a post today if you have a chance and help us help the dogs that need it! Thank you!

O’Malley’s Story Is a Finalist in the 2011 Petties!

We’ve Been Nominated!

Hey everyone! Wonderful news! O’Malley’s courageous story has inspired so many people that it made it as a finalist for Best Blog Post in the 2011 Petties! Thank you so much to everyone who nominated us! I know how inspirational O’Malley has been to me and Nikki so I am so excited that this will bring even more awareness to him and he can inspire that many more people! O’Malley is a cat that never let anything keep him down. He’s overcome great obstacles with such grace and determination that he makes a great role model for everyone! The animal world, it seems, came together when we first told his story and I’m hoping they’ll come around us once again so we can spread his message even further! Please vote for us so that we can share O’Malley’s story far and wide! Also, if we win, we’ll get to donate $1000 to a shelter of our choice!

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Please Vote For Us!

Voting is done here: The Petties 2011

There are 8 categories this year and we’re up for a Pettie in Best Blog Post which is in the top right corner. Our name is, of course, I Love Rescue Animals.

This year people may vote more than once so we’re hoping that you will come back and support us every day until the close of the voting period, which is July 29th! I know it’s hard to keep up a campaign that long so any help you can give us in spreading the word would be very much appreciated! You can help us by telling your friends, family, dog park buddies, email lists, or any animal lover you happen to bump into on the street!

Share Your Support On Facebook and Twitter

We’d love your help sharing it on Facebook and twitter as well.

A sample Facebook post: “I just voted for I Love Rescue Animals to win Best Blog Post for the amazing story of O’Malley, a cat determined to survive! Hit by a car and left to die, he was rescued and overcame obstacles such as his FIV+ status, major surgery and even the dreaded aquatic therapy! Please vote for his story so it can be an inspiration to even more people! I plan on voting for them every day until July 29th and hope you’ll do the same! http://bit.ly/kXHVAn”

A sample tweet: “Just voted for I Love @RescueAnimals to win Best Blog Post for O’Malley’s survival story: http://bit.ly/kXHVAn Will you please do the same?

Please Vote For Our Friends Too!

If you’d like to vote in the other categories, please feel free to choose whoever you want and we strongly suggest you check out all the great blogs! We do have some recommendations, however, based on our own experiences with the people and the great work they do through their blogs. Our recommendations are as follows:

Best Overall Pet Blog: Any
Best Blog Post: I Love Rescue Animals – that’s us!
Best Dog Blog: Champion of My Heart
Best Designed Blog: Any
Best Cat Blog: The Tiniest Tiger or The Conscious Cat
Best Social Integration Blog: DogTipper! – they are all over Facebook and Twitter!
Best Cause Related Blog: Be the Change for Animals or Raising Ruby – both are AMAZING!
Funniest Blog or Blogger: Grouchy Puppy – one look at Cleo’s face and you know she’s hilarious!

Save This Pup!

Back at the first BlogPaws, we met the great folks over at Save this Pup and ended up recording this video at the Mighty Texas Dog Walk in an effort to help the group get on Ellen. We met up again at this month’s BlogPaws event and had a fabulous time talking with the wonderful Laura Posey about the organization and its future. We have so much faith in Save this Pup that we’ve decided that we will do anything we can to help them out. Hence this post.

What is Save This Pup?

The SaveThisPup Foundation is unique in that it supports the animal adoption organizations and the homeless pets at a direct, local level. All contributions collected through the site will be distributed directly to the animal shelters or rescue organizations and are tax deductible as the law allows. It is also unique in that you get regular feedback and updates on exactly what your money is doing to help a special dog find a forever home. For a small monthly fee you can sponsor a pup—feed them, keep a roof over their head, make sure they get the care they need until they find that special loving home. When you sponsor a dog you’ll get a best friend for life! You can also stay in touch with your new pal online — get regular news updates, photos and more.

WIN a Full Year of Advertising on Save This Pup!

Save this Pup is in need of donations to finish their website and get their organization off the ground. So to entice readers, they’ve come with a great idea – everyone who donates $10 or more from now to September 30th will be entered into a drawing. The winner of that drawing will receive a full year of advertising on their website! On top of that, EVERYONE who donates $10 until October 30th will be featured on the Save This Pups’ “Best Pet Blogs” page!

That’s not all! For OUR readers who go and donate and then comment here before October 30th, you will also be entered in a giveaway to receive a $25 gift certificate from Best Bully Sticks, a great treat for your dog! How awesome is that? Not only are you helping out this great cause, but you’ll also be entered in TWO contests AND get your link up on the Save This Pup website! Isn’t that fantastic?

Donating is easy! All you have to do is text “savepups” to 41411 and donate $10! You can also head over to the website and hit their donate button to send through paypal!

So… What are you waiting for? Head over to Save This Pup and make a donation and start making a different for homeless pets!