Help Veterans and Shelter Pets + WIN Plato Treats for Your Dog and Local Rescue! #PlatoWagsBack

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One of our favorite blog sponsors is Plato Pets. In addition to having super high-quality treats that are made with love in the USA, they also do a lot to give back. We’re really pleased to be helping Plato spread the word about their PAW-tastic new program called Plato Wags Back. We’re going to tell you all about it plus how YOU can get involved, and even WIN some Plato Pet Treats for your own fur kid and favorite local pet rescue or shelter!

What Is Plato Wags Back

The mission of Plato Wags Back is to help protect homeless animals from euthanasia; provide sponsorship and financial support to programs and organizations involving canine welfare; enhance the lives of wounded veterans with disabilities by helping to pair them with highly trained assistance dogs (at no cost to recipients); and to carry on other related charitable activities.

2015 partners

Visit the official 2015 Plato Wags Back Partners at: Fresno Bully Rescue, Shelter to Soldier, and Labs and Friends.

Want to help champion this cause? To make a difference in the lives of homeless dogs and wounded veterans, YOU can participate in the program in the following ways:

  • Shop: With the purchase of each bag of Plato Pet Treats, a donation will be made to animal rescues.
  • Like: Through Dec. 31, 2015, for every new Like on the Plato Pet Treats Facebook page $1 will be donated to a 501c3 no-kill adoption center or service dog organization that supports our veterans.
  • Share: Post on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram “Help provide treats for homeless dogs by Liking the @PlatoPetTreats Facebook page.” to spread the word!

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FREE Android App: WildLife America Animal Rescue ($3.99 reg)

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Animal lovers, hurry on over to Amazon for today’s FREE Android App of the Day! It’s WildLife America — setup and run your own wild animal rescue center. A super fun and educational simulation game rated for all ages.

Look after wild animals and nurse them back to health: in WildLife America you can care for animals from the North American wilderness, cure their illnesses and tend their injuries so that they can move to new sanctuary or be released back into the wild!

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The wild animals are on the loose! In WildLife America you can now look after the many endangered species from the forests in the tundra of Canada and Alaska. The rangers desperately need some skilled helpers for their team as more and more animals arrive at the reserve needing your help! Treat injured wolves, diagnose the bears’ illnesses and nurse them back to health.

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With WildLife America you can now also customize the enclosures of your animals! Whether it’s a pen for the raccoons or trees for the exuberant squirrels to frolic around in – let your imagination run wild! To make sure your animals feel at home during their stay and have an appropriate habitat, you can set up their enclosures to be as close to nature as possible.

So what are you waiting for? Head of to the wildlife park, help the rangers and nurse your wild patients back to health!

ASPCA Holiday Honor Gift: The Last-Minute Gift That Gives Back

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If you’ve run out of time to finish shopping, we’ve got the perfect last-minute gift idea for you. It’s an ASPCA Holiday Honor Gift and it can be delivered instantly!

This holiday season, there is no better way to express your love for family, friends and their furry companions than with an ASPCA Holiday Honor Gift. Donating to the ASPCA can be a wonderful alternative to standard holiday gift giving.

With your holiday honorary donation, you can choose to have an e-card sent immediately after your donation is processed. Your gift is tax deductible and helps to support the important work the ASPCA does on behalf of animals in need. Go HERE to get started.

Support @ASPCA and Help Build the #GivingTower for #GivingTuesday

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First came Black Friday, and then was Cyber Monday…and today is Giving Tuesday — a chance to give back to a cause you care about. We know that as pet lovers, you feel as strongly as we do about helping animals in need and this year ASPCA has teamed with Crowdrise, one of the largest fundraising platforms on the Internet, to celebrate Giving Tuesday.

When you make a donation HERE, you’ll be supporting the important work of the ASPCA AND help build the Crowdrise Giving Tower, a large virtual tower built by donation “bricks” from generous people like you. You’ll be able to see the impact your donation is making in real time!

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To support ASPCA on Giving Tuesday, visit https://www.crowdrise.com/aspca-tower/

To learn more about the Giving Tower Project, go to https://www.crowdrise.com/GivingTower

Saving Simon: How a Rescue Donkey Taught Me the Meaning of Compassion

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I’m always on the lookout for great books to read myself and to give as gifts, so when I heard about this new one, I knew I had to share it with you. Whether you are an avid reader or are looking for unique holiday gift ideas for the animal lover on your list this year, be sure to check out Saving Simon: How a Rescue Donkey Taught Me the Meaning of Compassion. Not only is it an amazing and inspirational story, but it’s also on sale right now in both the Hardcover (39% OFF) and Kindle edition (56% OFF).

In the spring of 2011, the book’s author Jon Katz received a phone call that would challenge every idea he ever had about mercy and compassion. An animal control officer had found a neglected donkey on a farm in upstate New York, and she hoped that Jon and his wife, Maria, would be willing to adopt him.

Jon wasn’t planning to add another animal to his home on Bedlam Farm, certainly not a very sick donkey. But the moment he saw the wrenching sight of Simon, he felt a powerful connection. Simon touched something very deep inside of him. Jon and Maria decided to take him in.

Simon’s recovery was far from easy. Weak and malnourished, he needed near constant care, but Jon was determined to help him heal. As Simon’s health improved, Jon would feed him by hand, read to him, take him on walks, even confide in him like an old and trusted friend. Then, miraculously, as if in reciprocation, Simon began to reveal to Jon the true meaning of compassion, the ways in which it can transform our lives and inspire us to take great risks.

Visit Amazon HERE to read more and grab a copy or two. Remember that Amazon sale prices can change quickly and without notice (as I’ve learned the hard way) so don’t wait!