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68,805 More Lives Saved Thanks to ASPCA Rachael Ray #100KChallenge

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We heard some super exciting news from our pals at ASPCA and wanted to share it with all of you!

Just last week, the winning shelter was announced in the ASPCA Rachael Ray 100K Challenge. This is the annual challenge in which animal shelters around the country compete to see who can save the most lives. The grand prize winning shelter receives $100K to help them continue their important work. You can go here to view all the winners and prizes.

This marks the fifth and final year of the competition. Since 2010, hundreds of contestants have dedicated themselves to this three month contest to increase their adoption numbers over the same period the previous year.

This year, the competing shelters saved more than 68,000 lives in just three months. In five years total, challengers saved more than a 282,000+ lives! Pet adoption is an important cause and is especially near and dear to my heart, because our Daisy is a rescue dog we adopted from a local shelter.

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We hope you’ll join us in continuing to help save lives & support pet adoption:

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Happy World Smile Day — Show Us Your Smiling Fur Kids!

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It’s World Smile Day and nothing makes us smile more than seeing photos of smiling fur kids! Stop on by our Facebook page and post a photo of your dog, cat or other pet. Daisy and I are giving one lucky winner a $25 Amazon Gift Card.

Just visit us at Facebook.com/WoofWoofMama and post a pic. We’ll randomly select a winner tomorrow, so head on over!

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Rabbit Care and Adoption Tips + FREE Printable #InternationalRabbitDay

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We know it’s CAT-urday, but did you know it’s also International Rabbit Day?!

Rabbits can make great pets and there are plenty of cute ones at your local animal shelter or rescue group, just waiting for a forever family. Keep in mind that rabbits are a long-term commitment, just like any other animal…so do your research and talk to the experts before making a decision. Rabbits can live up to 10+ years with proper care.

To learn about cost, diet, litter training & more, download this FREE Rabbit Care Tips printable sheet from the ASPCA.

Wondering if rabbits really make good pets? Read this list of Top 10 Reasons Rescue Rabbits Rule!

To search for adoptable bunnies & rabbits near you, visit Petfinder.com.

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Pet Emergency and Disaster Preparedness: Free Downloads, Sticker + More #NatlPrep

September is National Preparedness Month and the perfect time to make sure you know what to do if you and your pets face a disaster or emergency. We’ve put together a short list of great resources, tools, tips and free stuff to help make sure you, your family and the fur kids are prepared and informed of what to do in any situation:

Pet Emergency and Disaster Preparedness Free Resources

 

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Free FEMA Printable: [PDF] Preparing Your Pets for Emergencies 

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Free ASPCA Mobile App: Download here for Apple or Android

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Free Pet Emergency Alert Sticker and Magnet: Request form to get yours

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ASPCA Disaster Preparedness Google+ Hangout: Free Virtual Event with Experts

Thursday, September 18th at 7pm ET — Learn More & RSVP Here

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2014 American Humane Association Hero Dog Awards {Vote Daily}

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We remember and honor the heroes and victims of 9/11 on the 13th anniversary of that tragic day. And today, we’re taking a break from bringing you pet deals and giveaway news, and invite you to join with us in paying tribute to America’s outstanding hero dogs.

Voting for the American Humane Association Hero Dog Awards is open, and you have the chance to help name the top American Hero Dog of 2014. Go HERE to read all about the 8 finalists and vote for your favorite.  They are ALL heroic hounds for sure!

Of particular note among the fearless furry finalists is Bretagne, believed to be the last known living 9/11 Ground Zero search and rescue dog. You can read more about her talents and selfless work by visiting her nominee profile here.

Other finalists include a military dog, a guide dog, a therapy dog and more. Visit herodogawards.org to learn more and vote now through September 15 when voting ends. Rules say you can vote daily!

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Tips for Safe Camping with Pets

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There are a couple of weeks left til Labor Day, so be sure to make the most of the rest of summer vacation with some outdoor fun with your pets! Even if you don’t have time for a big trip, you can still find a campground nearby and enjoy a quick camping trip with the family and fur kids.

ASPCA has some really helpful safety tips for camping with pets:

1. Bring a pet first aid kit. It is always better to be prepared and often remote campsites will not have quick access to veterinary care.

2. Be sure to locate the closest animal emergency clinic and add its contact information to your phone.

3. Pet proof! Before you let your pet out on your campsite, thoroughly inspect the area to make sure other campers haven’t left anything behind.

4. Don’t let your pet roam. Because your pet is not familiar with the area, he could get lost, fall into a river, or become stuck. Other well-meaning campers may feed him something toxic or may have rat poison out in their campsite. He also may have a run in with some not-so-well meaning wildlife. (Your pet first aid kit will have everything you’ll need to make a de-skunking bath that really works).

5. Make sure that your pet has proper ID on her collar at all times and a reflective collar if she will be out on the campsite at night.

If you’re taking your pet along for some outdoor adventures, you’ll also want to read the expert tips from the folks at the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center.

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