Sunday, January 15, 2012

Blog the Change: 1/15/12

It's the first Blog the Change day of 2012 and I'm excited for this one. Now I'll admit, I don't always participate (sometimes I forget), but when I do I try to make it a worthwhile post. In the past I've blogged about puppy mills, local animal rescues and you.

I've been thinking about what to post about, trying to think of something new but I kept coming back to you guys. So, I decided I wanted to make this one about you and your favorite rescue or shelter. For anyone who has ever volunteered at a shelter or worked for a rescue, you know, no matter how much you do - there is always more that needs to be done. Unfortunately, especially right now, we don't always have the time or the money to support the organizations we'd like to. I've had so many friends tell me they wish they had more money to give to their local shelter, or to buy food for their shelter's food bank, or to buy toys for the foster providers they know. So in order to get those toys or food or whatever, I'm going to help you out with this one.

One of the major surprises that came along with this blog were the companies that have written to me offering freebies for Astrea and Ora or as giveaways for my readers. Last month I was contacted by Mr.Chewy. The wonderful folks at Mr. Chewy offered me $50 to use for whatever I want on their website or to give away to one of my readers. I started to read through the Mr.Chewy site and was totally impressed by their "Refer Your Friends Donation Program." Most websites offer some sort of bonus for referring friends - but the way Mr. Chewy has done it is a little bit different. For every friend you refer to Mr. Chewy that friend will receive 10% off their order AND Mr. Chewy will make a $10 donation one of their partner charities - North Shore Animal League, Best Friends Animal Society or Bideawee. So got me thinking - this is a company that likes to give back so, why not use that money to give back even more. Of course I could have used the money to buy something for my local shelter, but there are so many deserving groups out there I wanted to spread the love a bit.

So here's the deal, if you want to try to win this giveaway for your favorite animal organization this is what you need to do:

Comment on this blog post with your name and email address along with the name and location of the organization you'd like to receive the $50 for Mr.Chewy. Pick any group you'd like, in whatever state you want, big or small. If you don't feel comfortable leaving your email address, still comment and then send me an email at Each entry will be assigned a number and then on January 31, 2012 I will pick a winner using! You can comment on this post to enter up until midnight on January 30, 2012. I will contact the winner and we will make sure that the organization of their choice is able to purchase $50 of whatever they need for their animals.

No purchase necessary to participate. Void where prohibited. No shipping cost to winner.


  1. Finn'a Momma here - great idea! marianne(dot)d(dot)howard(at)gmail(dot)com for the North Shore Animal League!

  2. Wow. That is so thoughtful and generous of you. I know it's not a rescue, but would you consider a Service Dog organisation? They are very small and just starting out. A dog I rescued is currently under going advanced training there. The organisation can be found at:
    I understand if you'd like to keep it for rescue organisations.
    purple DOT tidalwave AT gmail DOT com

    1. Hi Jess - Service Dog Organization? Of course!! I didn't think that far out of the box - I was just thinking it should go to some sort of non-profit animal organization that needs help with food and supplies for the animals in their care. :)

  3. Hi Amy,

    I want to put the Oshkosh Area Humane Society in the running!

    You have my email addy. :)


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