Sunday, July 15, 2012

Have you heard? About July 23rd?!?

Today is Be the Change 4 Animals' quarterly "Blog the Change" event and this quarter the goal is to make bloggers (and blog readers) aware of the upcoming "Bloggers Unite for Dog Rescue" global event addressing the importance of dog adoption.

It took me a few reads to make sure I understood what's going on here today - I'm writing a post today to tell people they should join me in writing a post next week to talk about how important it is to adopt your next dog? Okay, I think I get it - takes me a few tries sometimes.

But actually, I do get it and here's why. Back in June when Pedigree Foundation was running its "Write a Post, Help a Dog campaign, I found out about it on the very last day of the campaign. A few of my readers mentioned they knew nothing about it either. So today, BtC4A is giving everyone a week's notice for the "Bloggers Unite" event by getting bloggers to tell other bloggers about next week's campaign. Very cool.

So here's the deal:
On July 23rd, BtC4A, in coordination with Dog Rescue Success and Blog Catalog, is hosting a global blogging event to promote dog adoption. "Bloggers Unite for Dog Rescue" invites everyone to spread the word about how important dog rescue and adoption is to the lives of so many animals.
And here's where YOU come in:
Have a blog? Awesome! Write a post about a rescue or shelter in your area or any dog rescue-related topic that interests you. You DON'T have to be a pet blogger to participate. In fact, that's the whole point: we want to get every blogger to write a post so everyone who reads blogs of all kinds will see these posts and learn why dog adoption is so very important.

If you don't have a blog, you can still participate by tweeting blog posts and sharing them on your Facebook walls. Stick posts on Pinterest, ♥ them on Tumblr, "Like it!" on StumbleUpon or the who knows how many other social media platforms available. (Don't use any of those social media tools? Got email? Share posts that way!)

The goal is to reach as many people as possible about the importance of dog adoption.
But just why is dog adoption so important?

Did you know:

  • "Millions of dogs are euthanized" every year "because not enough people are adopting dogs through local rescue groups and shelters."
  • Many people still buy dogs at pet stores (or worse - online!) even though most pet store dogs come from puppy mills.

We here in the pet-blogging and animal welfare community know most of this already but so many people outside our circle remain uninformed. And since pet stores often go out of their way to misrepresent the facts and confuse the consumer about where their puppies come from, even people who want to do the right thing may not realize the dog they are buying comes from a puppy mill.

It's our job, our responsibility, to get the facts out there so everyone knows. So pick a topic about dog rescue and join us next week to tell the world how to save a life by adopting their next dog.

Bella says "Thank you."

Thank you!


  1. Ha Ha! I was behind too. I wrote my post about Simon, and then when I started reading the other blogs, I was like. "Oh no, I dropped the ball. Again." I added a paragraph at the start of my post after the fact!

    Thanks for helping to spread the word, and I'm looking forward to taking part in the event. :-)

  2. Yep, you got it right - it's a heads up about a blogging event, and one which hopefully will be the catalyst for many people to step up and do something on behalf of rescued pets. And for bloggers to write about the many needs of rescues and their pets. People do not necessarily know what those within the pet community do!

    Thank you for blogging the change for animals,
    Kim Thomas

  3. Hey Bella, Jet here. 

    Thanks so much for sharing this topic... it's near and dear to all at Casa Jet!  Puffy, Fluffy, JJ and I were all sprung from bad situations... 33,000 dog/cats are euthanized where I live... :(

  4. Awwwe...Bella looks so comfy!  This is such a great cause and we hope it gets a lot of doggies in shelters and rescues a new forever home!

  5. I had no idea it was taking place and had a totally different post ready....good thing I check BTC!  Great post Leslie!

  6. LOL! i loved the way you introduced this topic. Yes. We most certainly want people to about this wonderful event ahead of time. I am hoping that with wonderful people like you promoting it we will have a huge turnout. As the owner of a former puppy mill dog, I thank you for bringing up this issue. I wish more people knew.

    Thank you so much for joining Blog the Change today and for bringing attention to the Blogger s Unite for Dog Rescue event on July 23rd. I look forward to reading your post!

    Mel Freer

  7. Tacks would like Bella's cute picture if he wasn't snoozing.
    I love the conversation here. I am so happy to be apart of all of this. I write about extended family and do a lot of anecdotal education. I am working hard today to help out where I can.

  8. Dachshund Nola and her MomJuly 15, 2012 at 9:18 PM

    We'll be doing this!

  9. Bu**er!! I've just done a post today about racing greyhounds. Oh well! Deccy x

  10. PS. Given that Mum spends most of her life in a confused state, have I got this right; we do a post about adopting your next dog and publish on 23rd? Deccy x

  11. All right, Bella!  I already thinking of what top post.

    By the way, I gave you an award in our bloggy . We hope you could drop by and find the time to accept it.

    Huggies and Cheese,


  12. I don't know how anyone could resist participating if their prize is a thank you from that adorable pooch!

    Thanks for spreading the word. :)

  13. Er, not sure what happened with the signature. Let's try again...

  14. I give up. You know where to find me. :)

  15. LOL, you've got it right - next week is the big event. Really I had to read it half a dozen times myself to make sure. ;)

  16. Oh, aren't you sweet. We'll head over there right now. Thank you.

  17. LOL - sorry, sometimes Disqus can be fussy. ;)

  18. Hi Malika, thanks for saying hello. I stopped by your blog yesterday and got so engrossed in your stories that I lost track of time and forgot to come back and welcome you. :)

    I look forward to reading more from you in the future.

  19. Honestly I have no idea why I had trouble grasping that. Just a little slow sometimes. ;)