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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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WIN an Alex and Ani Paw Charm Bracelet! #DaisyGotchaDay #Giveaway

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I can’t believe another year has past since we last celebrated Daisy’s adoption anniversary or “Gotcha Day”! The actual date is still a few weeks away (July 21st) but I thought now was a great time to begin the celebrations! I decided to treat myself to a gift to commemorate four lovable years with our silly rescue pup, and bought myself an Alex and Ani Paw Print Charm Bracelet to mark the occasion.

Not only is it symbolic because of the paw print design, but it’s also got a special meaning because it’s part of the Alex and Ani Charity by Design collection, meaning that 20% of sales will go directly to supporting, healing, and finding caring homes for dogs and cats. Plus it’s SUPER cute, so what’s NOT to love about it?!?

We wouldn’t dream of leaving YOU out of the celebration, so we’re hosting a giveaway and treating one lucky winner to their choice of silver-tone or gold-tone Alex and Ani Paw Charm Bracelet!!!

Entering is super fast and easy. Just use the Rafflecopter widget below and complete as few or as many of the optional entry methods as you wish. The giveaway is open to US residents age 18+. Good luck to everybody, and thanks so much for being a part of our online family!

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Adopt a Shelter Cat Checklist + Feed Shelter Cats by Playing Free Trivia Game

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Not only is today CAT-urday, but this whole month is also Adopt A Shelter Cat Month! If you think you might be interested in adopting a homeless cat, be sure to check out the American Humane Association’s Top Ten Checklist for Adopting a Cat.

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There’s a fun and easy FREE way to help feed a hungry shelter cat. It’s Meow Trivia over at Free Kibble Kat. Just answer a new question each day and right or wrong, you win! Click on an answer, and every day you do, your answer will earn 10 pieces of kibble to Animal Shelters to help feed their hungry cats. Play Meow Trivia every day – the more you play, the more kibble for the cats!

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I Rescued My Pet Contest with ASPCA and Rachael Ray {$400 Prize Pack}

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ASPCA Rachael Ray prize pack

Is YOUR pet a resue pet? Daisy is!!! Right now, ASPCA is looking for the very best photos of your rescued pet! One lucky winner will receive a special Rachael Ray prize pack worth $00 containing goodies for both you and your fur kid.

The paw-tastic pack includes a Rachael Ray Cookware set, Nutrish Pet Treat Pack, two insulated tote bags, one year’s digital or print subscription to Every Day with Rachael Ray, and a set of four Rachael Ray Spice Grinders. Click here to enter now.

This pet photo contest is open to US entrants only, and the submission deadline is 11:59 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time on August 1, 2014. One winner will be chosen by ASPCA staff voting, announced on August 4th and will be featured in one of the ASPCA-owned channels. ASPCA will pick a winner based on how compellingly their entry demonstrates the ASPCA’s mission to provide effective means for the prevention of cruelty to animals.

Rachael Ray and her rescue dog

You can go HERE to read the full rules and enter a photo of YOUR rescued pet. Good Luck everybody!!!

This contest is part of the 2014 ASPCA Rachael Ray $100K Challenge, where 50 shelters from across the country are competing to break their own records of finding loving homes for homeless pets.

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How To Raise Money For Your Favorite Cause, Passion or Pet Project

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Check out this cool new site that lets you set up a fundraising page and sell t-shirts to support your favorite cause, project or organization. It’s called Booster, and it’s super cool. It’s also fast & easy to set up AND free to run!

Booster empowers you, a group or your non-profit to make a difference with t-shirts. Design a shirt to fit your cause and put it up for sale on a personalized Booster Page. Then spread the word to family and friends to make the biggest impact. They’ve even got great design templates you can use if you don’t have a logo or graphic of your own. Or you can upload your own artwork…it’s up to you!

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You raise the funds and tell Booster where to send the money. It can go to you or straight to your cause or organization. They print and ship the t-shirts for you. Visit Booster.com to get started with your own idea or project.

From schools to small businesses, animal rescue groups to pet projects, there’s no limit to your fundraising potential. Raise Money. Create Awareness. Have Fun. Questions? Check out the FAQs.

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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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