DDFL’s CatFest Follow-up

Pals, I just got the following press release from the Denver Dumb Friends League. It’s pawsome news!

Dumb Friends League CatFest results in nearly 100 cat adoptions

 DENVER (July 16, 2012) We may be in the dog days of summer, but cats ruled this past Saturday, July 14, at the fourth annual CatFest. The Dumb Friends League placed 124 pets—98 of those being cats and kittens—on that single day.

 In addition to all those animals finding new homes, Animal Planet’s celebrity cat behaviorist, Jackson Galaxy, spent the afternoon answering cat-related questions, signing autographs and taking pictures with cat enthusiasts. More than 2,000 people experienced a purebred cat exhibition, a Meow Market with vendors selling cat-related merchandise, clicker-training demonstrations and numerous free activities for children.

“We’re thrilled that thousands of cat lovers joined us for CatFest and that so many took advantage of our heavily reduced adoption fees for cats and kittens,” said Bob Rohde, Dumb Friends League president and CEO. “Cats make wonderful pets—they not only bring joy and companionship to your life; but they are affectionate, intelligent and very receptive to training.”

To help even more felines find homes, the Dumb Friends League will continue to offer $10 adoption fees for all cats over 7 months old through July 31. The special takes place at all Dumb Friends League adoption locations. Every cat adoption fee includes a spay/neuter surgery, initial vaccinations, a microchip ID implant and a free office visit with a participating veterinarian.

CatFest was sponsored by Hill’s Science Diet®. For more information on the Dumb Friends League and its $10 cat adoption special, visit ddfl.org or call (303) 751-5772.

About the Dumb Friends League

Founded in 1910, the Dumb Friends League is the largest community-based animal welfare organization in the Rocky Mountain Region helping pets and people in the Denver metro area and beyond. In 2012, the Dumb Friends League expanded the scope of its services to include providing shelter, care and hope for abused and neglected equines in Colorado. The Dumb Friends League has shelters at 2080 S. Quebec St. in Denver and the Buddy Center at 4556 Castleton Court in Castle Rock, as well as the Dumb Friends League Harmony Equine Center near Franktown. For more information about the Dumb Friends League, visit ddfl.org or call (303) 751-5772.

98 cats and kittens getting new furever homes in just one day! That’s what I call a successful CatFest. I can’t wait for next year’s. Maybe the weather will be cooler and I’ll get to go in the fur! Concatulations to the Denver Dumb Friends League for a pawsome job.

Rocky Mountain Cocker Rescue Yappy Hour

Photo courtesy of Rocky Mountain Cocker Rescue

Got a special Saturday post for you guys. Mom’s friend, Heather, works with Rocky Mountain Cocker Rescue. They have a special event coming up, so I decided I’d interview Heather for my blog and tell you about the event.

Me: Tell me about the event you have coming up.

Heather: We’re hosting a Yappy Hour at Vincenza’s Italian Bakery & Deli on July 12 from 6 – 9 PM. Yappy Hour is a happy hour where our Cocker Spaniels bring their people to socialize. A complimentary beer or wine and appetizers will be served. Since we will be outside on their patio, all furry friends are welcome. Here’s the invite: Rocky Mountain Cocker Rescue’s First Yappy Hour

Me: What’s the mission of Rocky Mountain Cocker Rescue?

Heather: Rocky Mountain Cocker Rescue is a non-profit group dedicated to saving Cocker Spaniels from being euthanized and to promote the breed. Yappy Hour is one way we can get donations from people while, at the same time, having a fun social event.

Me: How did you get involved with Rocky Mountain Cocker Rescue?

Heather: My husband, Tim, and I had a cocker spaniel early in our relationship. Lady was Tim’s dog when I joined their house. She was in our lives for a number of years before having to be put down due to cancer. While we were in Georgia, I happened to drop by the local county shelter (we had been kicking around getting a friend for our lab/rotty). I met Fozzy Bear and immediately fell in love. We adopted Fozzy and brought him back to Denver with us. That following summer, we were at the dog event at the Botanic Gardens and came upon a booth for the Rocky Mountain Cocker Rescue. After talking to them for a while, we decided to volunteer to be fosters. Shortly after we got our first foster dog (Charlie Brown), our Fozzy died suddenly from liver failure. We ended up adopting Charlie and later, Beauregard – the RMCR’s mascot dog. In the past two years, we have had over 25 dogs in our house and have helped find them all forever homes.

Me: You found homes for over 25 dogs in two years? How pawsome! Thanks for stopping by to tell us about Yappy Hour. I hope you get a full house!

So pals, if you’re in the Denver Metro area, please join Rocky Mountain Cocker Rescue for Yappy Hour on July 12th at 6PM. And whether or not you’re in Denver, please help me spread the word. It’s a fun event for a great cause!

Rocky Mountain Cocker Rescue

Pedigree Write a Post, Help a Dog

I learned something new today. Pedigree has a program to help people adopting dogs! They can help you find a shelter, gives you a month of food if you adopt, and they have all kinds of good info for helping you adopt a dog. The details are here: http://www.pedigree.com/03Adoption/Adopt-A-Dog/Default.aspx

That’s not all they’re doing to help shelter dogs. Pedigree is resurrecting it’s insanely successful Write a Post, Help a Dog program. In 2010, 391 bloggers wrote about the program and with each post, Pedigree donated 20 pounds of its Healthy Longevity dog food to shelter animals. In all, 7,820 pounds of food was donated to two shelters renowned for their care of senior dogs: Muttville Senior Dog Rescue in San Francisco and Castaway Critters in Harrisburg, Pa.

How you can help in 2011

Simply spread the word about Write a Post, Help a Dog 2011 and once again Pedigree will donate 20 pounds of food for each blogger’s post.  Here’s all you need to include in your post:

  • The Write a Post, Help a Dog program is aimed at raising awareness and food for the more than four million dogs that wind up in shelters and breed rescues each year.
  • For each blog post mentioning the Pedigree Foundation from now until midnight ET on September 3, Pedigree will donate 20 pounds of its new dry Pedigree recipe food for dogs — its best recipe ever — to a shelter, because every dog deserves leading nutrition.
  • The Pedigree Foundation — a 501 (C)(3) nonprofit organization is committed to helping dogs by providing grants to shelters and rescues and encouraging dog adoption. This year the Foundation has already raised more than $376,570 against its goal of $1.5 million to carry out its work to fund grants that not only help shelters operate, but to further shelter innovations.
The Pedigree Foundation depends on charitable contributions from individuals to carry out its mission to help dogs find loving homes. In addition to writing a blog post, here’s how you can help:
We’ll make it even easier to spread the word
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Then, link up to our Blog Hop below, hosted by the Pedigree BlogPaws bloggers to help spread the word about Write a Post, Help a Dog.