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

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Giving Tower ASPCA help animals in need

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!

giving tower

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

Rabbit Care and Adoption Tips + FREE Printable #InternationalRabbitDay

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happy international rabbit day

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.

rabbit care book

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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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.

What NOT To Buy? Pet Store Puppies! #AdoptDontShop

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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!