Coming up on July 23rd is an important event that is close to all our hearts. Chances are if you are reading this you have already adopted from, volunteered at, fostered for, or donated to a local animal shelter. Pet bloggers and pet lovers are amazing people. I’ve benefited myself many times over from your generosity. You don’t just talk about change, you actually get out there and chip away at the mountain with every tool you can find. Sometimes it feels overwhelming but pebble by pebble, you are making a difference in the lives of countless animals.
Eight days from now BTC4animals.com is teaming up with Blog Catalog, Dog Rescue Success, and activists like you to showcase the vital cause of dog rescue in a huge international online event. It may be the biggest blog the change yet. We all know about the thousands of dogs whose lives are at stake every day. It’s time everyone else did too.
If even one dog is adopted from a shelter instead of purchased from a pet store, all of our efforts will be worthwhile. We have witnessed the changes that can come from the smallest actions. You never know what will touch someone or who is listening to your story. It could be a friend; it could be someone who has never commented; it could be someone on the other side of the planet. We may not see the results directly, but by blogging about the causes about which we are most passionate, we can – and have – saved lives.
Never doubt the power of the written word. Every time I start to question my ability to reach others I think about Fenrus.
Fenrus was a senior dog surrendered to a local shelter in Nova Scotia. For my very first Blog the Change for Animals event in October of 2010, I shared his photo. If you scroll down to the bottom of that post you’ll see a comment made by a kind woman named Sandra. After seeing his picture and reading his story, this same woman ended up becoming Fenrus’ new family.
If my little website – which back then I don’t think more than ten people read – could help a dog find a new home, what could all of us do if we worked together?
Don’t miss the chance to do something pretty brilliant. On July 23 unite with other bloggers and animal lovers and help save the lives of dogs in need. Let’s see how many new homes we can find for the dogs we love so much.
Don’t worry, I haven’t forgotten the kitties. As much as I hate to relegate cats to the backseat once more, I do have something pretty big planned for them. All those videos and stories I have been collecting will be put to very good use so keep them coming! While the July 23 event focuses on dogs there are going to be many more opportunities for cat love. I will see to it!