Help Clear The Shelters: Mega Pet Adoption Event This Saturday #ClearTheShelters

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If you’ve been thinking about adding a fur kid to your family, now is your chance! This Saturday, August 15, hundreds of shelters nationwide will participate in an exciting “Clear the Shelters” pet adoption event.

Participating groups and organizations will reduce or completely waive their adoption fees to help connect adoptable animals in their care with safe and loving homes. Visit to find a participating adoption center near you.

This adoption event is organized in partnership with NBC Owned Television Stations and Telemundo Station Group, with the ASPCA providing support for the event in the form of grant funding to a select number of participating organizations across the country.

Not sure what kind of dogs and cats end up as shelter animals? You’ll find everything from pups to seniors, small to large, mutts to pure breeds. We rescued Daisy from a shelter, so this cause is near and dear to my heart!  Please help Clear the Shelters by finding a participating shelter near you and giving a homeless pet a second chance.

Not ready to adopt, or already have a full house? Do your part to help clear the shelters by sharing this post and the hashtag #cleartheshelters to help spread the word!

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 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 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!