Celebrate Adopted Pets with Humane Society Kind News Cover Contest for Kids

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The Humane Society’s Kind News Magazine for kids is now 30 years old! Join the celebration by entering their Cover Artwork Contest for Kids. Winning artwork will appear on the cover of the April/May 2014 issue of Kind News.

Just have your child create a Kind News cover that shows a happy adopted pet! Go here for contest details and templates.


NKLA: New State of the Art No-Kill Pet Adoption Center

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I was super impressed to learn about the new NKLA Pet Adoption Center that opened recently in the heart of West Los Angeles. It’s what an adoption center should be: modern, spacious and friendly. The homey Cape Cod–style building is intended to give the adopting public a sense of comfort and relaxation as they approach the decision of which new best friend to bring home. And the inside offers user-friendly touch screens for public browsing of pets available for adoption, multiple air-exchange systems for disease and odor control, sound-proofed kennel pods to help maintain a calm, low-stress environment for the animals, plus numerous thoughtful touches and tweaks that make life better for the animals and staff. What a great step toward changing the way all cities and people think about pet adoption and homeless pets!

Led by Best Friends Animal Society, NKLA (No Kill Los Angeles) is a coalition of area animal organizations, corporate partners, and regular people throughout Los Angeles who care about the fate of LA’s pets and have committed to the goal of making LA the largest no-kill city in the country. One of their partners is Natural Balance Pet Foods, a proud supporter of the Best Friends Animal Society.

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Pets at the center enjoy Natural Balance food and treats while waiting to be adopted. Natural Balance generously donates food to the Best Friends Animal Society every month in both the Mission Hills and NKLA Adoption Center. They also provide a free bag of food to send home with every adopter. Natural Balance sponsors and donates food and treats for several Best Friends events including super adoptions and Strut Your Mutt. More information about these events can be found on www.strutyourmutt.org so be sure to check it out to find an event near you!


2013 ASPCA Rachael Ray $100K Challenge Kicks Off at Shelters Nationwide!

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There’s exciting news about a great new initiative to help animals and shelters across the country. It’s the 2013 ASPCA Rachael Ray $100K Challenge! This annual initiative is a groundbreaking contest that challenges animal shelters across the country to come up with innovative ways to engage their communities and get more homeless cats and dogs into loving homes.

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A total of $600,000 in prize grants are up for grabs to help shelters save more homeless cats and dogs. The 49 contestants will work to save more animals – during the months of June, July and August 2013 – than they did over the same three-month period in 2012. Last year’s competing shelters saved more than 56,000 cats and dogs during the contest, an increase of 14,376 over the same period in 2011!

The ASPCA and Rachael Ray will award a $100,000 grand prize to the shelter contestant that achieves the greatest increase in lives saved during this three-month period. The contestant that does the best job of engaging its community members in helping to save more animals will win $25,000. Those organizations that do the best in their divisions will be eligible for between $10,000 and $25,000 in additional grants. In total, $600,000 in grant funding will be awarded for increases in animal lives saved, as well as a photo contest and general participation.

To learn more, visit challenge.aspcapro.org. Do your part to help save a life by adopting a homeless pet at a shelter near you!


Free Kindle Edition Book Download: Irreconcilable Differences ($9.99 reg)

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Here’s a chance to snag a free Kindle download from Amazon that you can read on any device, tablet, phone or computer! Remember to check the price before completing your transaction since the free offers usually only last 24-48 hours and the regular price is $9.99. {Update 4/11/13} This free offer has ended and the book is now back to regular price. You can view the Top 100 FREE Kindle eBooks HERE!

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Irreconcilable Differences, The Battle for the Heart and Soul of America’s Animal Shelters is written by Nathan J. Winograd, a former criminal prosecutor and corporate attorney. An ethical vegan and lifelong animal rescuer, his passion has always been helping animals, and he left the law to dedicate himself to that task.

His first book, Redemption: The Myth of Pet Overpopulation & The No Kill Revolution in America, won five national book awards and redefined the animal protection movement nationwide.

Remember, you don’t have to own a Kindle device to read Kindle editions…just download the free Kindle Reader App for your iPhone, iPad, Android, BlackBerry, Windows PC or other device to get started. Then snag your free download of Irreconcilable Differences before it goes back to regular price. Amazon rotates their free offers but once you download the book it’s in your library forever so you can save it now and read it later!


Newly Adopted Dogs Take Home a Free Pet Health Kit With Your Help!

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There are lots of ways to help shelter animals in need: you could adopt if you are able, foster a pet while helping to find them a forever family, volunteer and/or donate money if you are financially able.

Did you know there is also something you can do that is completely free, takes about 30 seconds and helps out, too???

pet health kit

Right now, when you head on over to EmBARK on Pet Health and take this online pledge promising to care for your own pet’s health, Sergeants Pet Care will send a pet health kit to participating shelters with the help of the American Humane Association (AHA). These kits will go home with newly adopted pets from AHA shelters nationwide to ensure their care is off to a great start.

And as a special thank you for taking the pledge, you’ll get a coupon for $3 Off your next Sergeants or Sentry purchase!

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See how fast and easy it is? You just provide your email address, city and state, click Submit, and another family gets to take home a free pet health kit when they adopt a shelter pet! The kit has stuff you need when caring for your dog’s health, including:

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Today is Giving Tuesday: Give Back To a Cause You Care About #GivingTuesday

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Giving Tuesday
We all know about Black Friday and Cyber Monday, but have you heard about Giving Tuesday? This year, a new tradition will hopefully take hold. One that involves giving to causes that help others and spreading the word to help encourage others as well. Giving Tuesday is a simple idea. All you need to do is find a way for your family, your community, your company or your organization to join in acts of giving. Then tell everyone you can about what you are doing and why it matters.

What cause you choose to support is up to you. Whether you choose to donate money, time or goods and services, every little bit helps! There are so many great organizations that help veterans, natural disaster victims, animals and other important causes, but do take time to research and make sure that you know where your money is going and how it will be used. One resource I like is Charity Navigator. Over the past 10 years, Charity Navigator’s free charity ratings have enabled millions of donors to access unbiased information before making a donation. You can search for a charity by name, or by topic if you’d like to discover a new cause or see what causes others are supporting. They’ve got an entire category devoted to Animal Welfare and Rights, too!

So, although we are in peak shopping season, I just wanted to take a sec and make sure you knew about this special new day! Be sure to help spread the word using the hashtag #GivingTuesday and follow @GivingTues on Twitter to keep up with the latest news.