By Guest Blogger Chloe DiVita
Wow. In the dance world we have what we refer to as show hangover. Definition: the overwhelming emotions, exhaustion and energy release that one gets after the last night of a big performance, which usually culminates months and months of rehearsals. BlogPaws has given me conference hangover, and I'm still feeling it. Musta been one heck of a party to still feel hungover!
Miah didn't even wait for the conference to be over before she took a purposeful nose dive into what looked like a comfy box. That decision can only be attributed to conference buzz. Good thing because at her age it's the only buzz she's allowed! Well, that and the performance itself.
Looks like CO is taking a step towards helping animals! There is a new partnership between the Colorado Humane Society and metro Denver Crime Stoppers that allows people to report animal abuse anonymously and even possible get a reward for it. I'm hoping this means more people will have the courage to step up and say something. Call 720-913-STOP (7867) or give your tip online . I know you can't change every animal's life, but you can change a life for one animal and still make a BIG difference!
Here is the story from our local news channel...now, if only we could get rid of BSL...
Some lucky person out there is going to win a trip to BlogPaws 2011 in Tysons Corner, VA! For a few reasons that person won't be me. First, I'm considered family and not eligible. Second, and most important, I am lucky enough to already by sponsored by Found Animals! To me that is the most exciting news, but I can't wait to see someone be as excited as me when they win the photo caption contest and we get to meet at BlogPaws!
According to their website, "Found Animals Foundation is a privately funded Los Angeles-based nonprofit organization dedicated to animal welfare issues and led by business and medical professionals. The Found Animals team works directly within the animal welfare community to improve animal care center processes, fund pet sterilization research, promote effective animal welfare policy, and provide funding to area animal care centers and spay/neutering clinics. The organization also sponsors and promotes pet adoption, spay/neutering, micro-chipping programs, and various animal and pet-related events."
I am so very lucky that Found Animals is sponsoring me to go to the 2011 BlogPaws Conference in Tysons Corner, Virginia. I am so grateful to have a company as amazing as Found Animals sponsoring me. I hope to help promote their foundation to the best of my ability. Please check out their facebook page and like it. Tell them Miah sent you!
Found Animals has done so many amazing things. In 2009 they worked with local animal care centers in the Los Angeles area and facilitated over 1000 adoptions! Also, in the Los Angeles area, they gave over 41,000 free microchips to pets, and so much more! That was just in 2009; in 2010 they had more big accomplishments. They raised the bar and got over 3,570 adoptions with animals care centers in the Los Angeles area! They provided over 52,000 free microchips, and they approved almost 5 million dollars in funding for non-surgical sterilization! Not to mention there were many other things they did before all of this!
The founder of Found Animals, Dr. Gary Karlin Michelson, is a very successful man with a purpose. He is an orthopedic spinal surgeon, dedicated to creating more effective treatments for many spinal disorders. Dr. Michelson believes in living simply and that in life you should do what brings you happiness. He even does his own grocery shopping! He believes that Found Animals is "an experiment in non-profit social entrepreneurship." He believes fully in philanthropy and he has created an amazing staff to support his vision.
This truly means a lot to me, knowing that they believe I can make a difference. Their support, and yours (and for the sake of the animals) all put together is the reason I keep posting, the reason I keep researching, and learning new things about animal welfare. It makes me so happy. Let's come together and truly start the change!
I recently found out about an upcoming fundraising event called Ella's Walk. Ella's Walk is a walk to raise money for the Longmont Humae Society in memory of Meredith Hope Emerson. The idea is to continue the loving legacy of Mereidth, the Longmont resident who was tragically killed in 2008 while hiking in Georgia. Meredith adopted her black Labrador Retriever mix, Ella, from a rescue organization. After Meredith's death Ella, now 4, moved in with the Emerson family in Longmont. The walk's goal is to inspire and raise $50,000 to help take care of 5,000 animals and help them find loving homes. Registration for the walk starts at 8:30 a.m. on Sunday, May 22nd. You can also register online any time before the walk here.
There is no cost to register, although a ten dollar donation is encouraged. You just have to be ready to walk at 9:30 a.m., or do what I am doing and just market and try to help raise funds! The walk is at Boulder County Fairgrounds Picnic Shelter Park in Longmont, Colorado. The walk is three miles long and after the walk participants are encouraged to stay for The Furry Friends Festival, where many fun and cool events will be happening. I am sad that I cannot participate in the walk, but I'm hoping I can help by exceeding the goal I set of $150. If you would like to donate to my cause ANYTHING makes a difference! Or, please consider participating yourself. The more the merrier!!
A Gift For Patrick Day was on Friday, April 15, 2011. It coincided with The Day of Silence. I recognized both. You can find out more about Patrick by reading this or watching my video post. For A Gift For Patrick Day you can do something to help animals in honor of him. Luckily this day was near my Birthday and I received a lot of birthday money in the past few days. I started out with 25 dollars that I was ready to donate to Mariah's Promise, a Pit Bull sanctuary that had a lot of construction to do to prevent being shut down. Then, over the weekend, I was given a lot more money. I decided I would donate 50% of my birthday money to Mariah's Promise. I ended up with $250, which means I am giving Mariah's Promise $125!! I am very excited for them and hope all goes well!! I also can't wait to visit the sanctuary in the near future.
It's not too late. If you didn't do anything in honor of Patrick yet, you still can. There are many animals and shelters that need your help. I know that things are tough right now for many people (my Mom reminds me ALL the time!) so instead of cash, maybe you have some old blankets or other items that are on a nearby shelters wish list. Every shelter has a wish list. Maybe you can make some of those wishes come true!
I am a kid. I am 13 and I am proud to say I support animal welfare. Just because I support animal welfare does not mean I don't support people's welfare. I think if we really want to make a difference in this world we all have to support something. I happen to focus on animals and help them. I'm sure there are other kids around the globe who try to help people who may be hungry, abused or homeless. I'm glad that they do. When I help animals I feel happy inside and I feel like I am here for a reason.
In the post it mentioned another blog that had written more about it. I went to the blog: Dog Food Dish by Roxanne Hawn. She had a short survey about Pet Food Ethics that I recommend everyone and anyone fill out. It's interesting to see how many people view that as an issue, and the possible importance of it. But, in my opinion, to make a difference we have to support something. Who knows, maybe if animals keep getting support it will inspire more people to Start The Change and help tons of causes around the world.
Please watch my first personal video blog for a little info about what April 15th means to me, and I hope everyone takes a moment to think of something they can do too.
Reposting to add the Blog Hop for Blog the Change for Pets!!