Top Ways To Help Animals + WIN an ASPCA #FightCruelty Prize Pack!

We’ve got a very special giveaway for a GREAT cause and we hope you will all join in AND share this post with your friends, family and followers! This is an opportunity to WIN a cool ASPCA #FightCruelty Prize Pack, but even more importantly, it’s a chance to learn about lots of ways to get involved and help make a difference in the lives of animals.

ASPCA Top Ways to Help Animals

The ASPCA has put together a super helpful list of Top Ways To Help Animals In Your Community:

  • Learn how to report animal cruelty. One of the best things you can do to help animals in your community is to keep a list of people, including a humane law enforcement officer, a teacher or your veterinarian, who can help you report animal cruelty. Every state is different. In some areas, the police department investigates animal cruelty; in others, that job falls to local animal control or another municipal agency. If you aren’t sure where to report cruelty, visit ASPCA’s Report Animal Cruelty section.
  • Start a neighborhood watch program. Get to know the animals in your neighborhood and invite your friends and neighbors to do the same. Together you can keep an eye out for any suspicious behaviors—abuse and neglect of companion animals, the mistreatment of local wildlife, dogs left in hot cars and other signs of abuse.
  • Volunteer at your local shelter or animal rescue organization. Volunteering at your local shelter is a great way to make a difference in the lives of many animals. From walking dogs and organizing fundraising events to fostering abused or frightened animals, shelters across the country are in desperate need of volunteers. Be sure to visit Ten Ways to Help Your Local Shelter for more suggestions.
  • Become an animal activist. Visit the lobby section at ASPCA to find out everything you can do to raise awareness for animal rights.
  • Read the full list to discover even more ways you can get involved and help!

WIN an ASPCA Fight Cruelty Prize Pack!

aspca fight cruelty prize pack

As a way of saying Thanks to our fans and readers for helping to raise awareness, the ASPCA has put together this super cool prize pack. One lucky winner will receive a gift pack with:

  • Anti Dog Fighting T-Shirt
  • No One Wins in a Dog Fight Magnet
  • Orange Fight Cruelty Tote
  • ASPCA Pet Frisbee
  • ASPCA Orange Wrist Band
  • ASPCA Action Magazine: Inside the Dog Fighting Ring

This giveaway is open to US residents ages 18+ and ends 11:59pm ET on Sunday 4/27/14. Enter using the Rafflecopter below and complete as many or as few of the optional entry methods as you wish. The more you enter, the more you help to spread the word AND increase your own odds of winning. Good Luck everybody!

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National Dog Fighting Awareness Day — Learn How To Get Involved #NDFAD

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Want to learn how to help fight dog fighting??? The ASPCA has officially designated Tuesday, April 8th as National Dog Fighting Awareness Day to raise awareness about dog fighting brutality, and will be hosting a Google+ Hangout with national experts to discuss the underground world of dog fighting, and YOU are invited!

ASPCA National Dog Fighting Awareness Day Google+ Hangout: Tuesday, April 8 from 7-8 EST 

The panel will be moderated by ABC News anchor Dan Harris and will include little-known truths about the blood sport and its continued prevalence in America. The Hangout will discuss the issue of dogfighting, the ASPCA’s efforts to tackle this brutal crime and what people can do to help. The Hangout will also feature a dog rescued from a dog fighting case and given a second chance in a loving home.

During the Google+ Hangout, there will be live social media Q&As across Facebook, Twitter and Google+ in which you, your friends and family will be able to submit questions about dog fighting with the hashtag #NDFAD and ASPCA experts will be answering them live. Invite every pet lover you know to join you!

ASPCA National Dog Fighting Awareness Day also features:

  • The premiere of a never-before-seen short documentary, including undercover footage of dog fights, ASPCA rescue activity at dog fighting raids and expert insight
  • An interactive quiz that debunks common misconceptions about dog fighting and the dogs and people involved in this so-called sport
  • A “virtual museum” photo gallery of dog fighting and training paraphernalia, including dog treadmills, fighting pits and narcotics used to increase aggression before a fight
  • Profiles of dog fighting victims rescued by the ASPCA — most recently from the second-largest dog fighting raid in U.S. history

Visit aspca.org/dogfighting to learn more and get involved!
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Special Groupon $10 Donation to World Wildlife Fund

wwf groupon deal

In celebration of Earth Hour, Groupon is promoting a very special deal that gives back! Earth Hour is March 29 at 8:30 pm local time, and is the time that World Wildlife Fund (WWF) asks that you turn off your lights for one hour! Groupon is teaming with WWF by offering a $10 Donation Deal to the World Wildlife Fund!

Installing Solar Panels for Low-Income Families

All donations to this Grassroots campaign will be used by World Wildlife Fund to enable college students to install solar panels in underserved communities. Every $10 raised will support an estimated 10 watts of solar power, which students participating in the GRID Alternatives’ Solar Spring Break will install for low-income families.

The campaign’s goal is to reach $6,000, which—combined with solar incentives and in-kind donations from manufacturing partners—would cover the cost of one full spring-break project, including training materials for 10–12 students and the installation of equipment for approximately 3,000 watts of solar power for two families in communities served by GRID Alternatives. 100% of donations go directly to World Wildlife Fund. Donations are automatically applied.

Visit Groupon here for more info and to participate!

Give a Beautiful Gift That Gives Back: ASPCA Tender Voices Jewelry Collection

ASPCA Tender Voices Jewelry Collection

A truly great gift is one that has a special meaning to both the gift giver and the recipient. It shows that you put thought into it, and that you understand what really matters to the special people in your life. The ASPCA Tender Voices Jewelry Collection is the perfect example of a truly great gift! Every piece is beautiful, and each one celebrates the special bond between people and their pets.

What’s just as important is that the collection was designed especially for the ASPCA, and proceeds from each sale help to support their important mission and life-saving work on behalf of animals! Each piece comes with a lovely gift box and includes a special ASPCA Tender Voices engravable ID medallion that you can clip on your pet’s collar or wear on your key chain.

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The collection is available at Zale’s stores and online, with prices and design styles for every budget and type of animal-lover on your list. And when you give a meaningful gift like this one, you can be sure that the recipient will truly appreciate it and think of you each time they wear their special piece!

Follow ASPCA Tender Voices on Facebook and be sure to visit ASPCA.org to learn more about their mission and work to rescue animals from abuse, pass humane laws and share resources with many shelters across the country.

What NOT To Buy? Pet Store Puppies! #AdoptDontShop

What NOT to Buy? Pet Store Puppies!

This time of year, my blog is filled with suggestions and advice on what to buy for just about every fur kid and pet lover on your holiday gift list. I wanted to just take a sec, and bring you a very important message about what NOT to buy this holiday season (or ever)!

Please DON’T buy pet store puppies or anything else from ANY store that sells puppies!

You see, most pet store puppies come from puppy mills—you know, those huge, factory-like breeding operations where dogs live in horrible conditions and never receive love. Every time you buy anything from a pet store that sells puppies, you’re actually supporting this very cruel industry.

The ASPCA has a great new video that helps to educate the public about this, so please take time to watch it and help spread the word by sharing it with everyone you know!

After you watch our video, please remember to share it with your friends on Facebook and Twitter, and kindly ask them to share it, too. Be sure to use the hashtag #AdoptDontShop. Daisy & I are really counting on you to help ASPCA reach millions of people with this important message.

Know of a pet store in your area that sells puppies, or want to see which stores do?

Visit the ASPCA map & database to search or add info about pet stores that sell puppies!

Want to do more?

Show your support & Take The Pledge that if a pet store sells puppies, you won’t buy anything there. Not pet food, kitty litter, or squeaky toys — Nothing! And pledge to tell everyone you know not to shop there either!

Also, if you’re really into helping end puppy mills, sign up for a chance to win a free ASPCA Puppy Mill Advocacy Pack. It contains all sorts of cool gear, including a puppy mill message tote, a puppy mill message tee and more!

Help Celebrate Shelter Pets Today (and Every Day!) #CelebrateShelterPets

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Today, shelter pets will take over Facebook for the fourth year in a row! Help celebrate and spread the word about pet adoption. People are three times more likely to go to a shelter or rescue group if they have talked to someone else who has. Be that someone!

All you have to do is post a photo and story about your adopted pet to your Facebook profile today. Be sure to tag the Shelter Pet Project, and use hashtag #CelebrateShelterPets. And feel free to share your post to our wall so we can celebrate together since Daisy is an adopted shelter pet, too!

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