Monthly Archives: January 2012

Donating locally

Today in class I came across this blog post about donating to local animal shelters rather than the national organizations, like the Humane Society of the United States (which does NOT fund local humane societies). The author provides a lot of startling statistics about where the money actually goes that is donated to these national organizations. The Humane Society of the United States does not actually house any animals, so much of their money just goes toward the costs of advertising and direct mailing solicitations. Plus some of their employees are paid well over 100k/year, which is all funded by donations. I do think advertising is important because it helps raise awareness about the cause, but the majority of their money should go toward physically helping the animals that they are advocating. Local animal shelters need the donations a lot more and typically actually use the money they get for its intended purpose — to care for animals.

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Welcome to my blog!

For my cross platform project, I am planning on focusing on the benefits of rescuing pets from shelters or pounds rather than buying them from a breeder or puppy mill. My goal is to change people’s attitudes on this issue and hopefully persuade them to consider rescuing their next pet. If nothing else, I just want to make people more aware of all of their options when it comes to owning a pet. I have always been an animal lover and currently have two rescued dogs so this topic is very important to me.

There are several overarching messages I would like to convey through my blog. For one, I would like to discuss why some people tend to think that rescue pets are not for them and then hopefully refute those reasons. For example, some people are under the impression that pets end up in shelters because they have behavioral issues. This is usually not the case at all as pet owners often get rid of their four legged friend for reasons like lack of time to take care of the pet or moving somewhere that doesn’t allow pets.

I’d also like to talk about pet overpopulation and the importance of spaying or neutering your pet. So many pets have to be put to sleep each day because they cannot find a home. In addition, I will look at the negative aspects of puppy mills (which is where most pet stores get their animals) and why you shouldn’t purchase pets from them. Similarly I want to talk about how pet breeders are also just contributing to the overpopulation of pets, making it impossible for millions of pets to find a home.

There are several animal shelters in the area that I would like to spotlight. I will talk about what they do and the costs of adopting a pet from these shelters. If possible, I would also like to find out some interesting stories about the pets they’ve rescued and how they’ve changed the life of the animal. Perhaps I will even have a couple blog posts dedicated to telling the story of a particular animal.

I would also like to cover similar animal issues like cruelty, abuse and neglect, and laws and legislation regarding the treatment of animals.

Visuals will be an important aspect of my message as imagery of abandoned pets is sure to help convey the urgency and significance of the issue. Showing how innocent and helpless these animals are will reinforce how much they need someone to give them a better life. Providing visuals will help people realize that these animals are more than just words on a page. They are real and they need help.

While searching for other blogs already on the internet that focus on animal rescuing, I came across one that really interested me. The Lucky Dog Rescue Blog is written by a girl who is the founder of Lucky Dog Rescue, an animal shelter in Mississippi. In this blog she chronicles her experiences as a dog rescuer and shares the frustrations and triumphs that she encounters in her work. I may use this blog as a reference point for some of my future blog posts.