Animal abuse, dog fights, and puppy mills. . . oh my! It doesn’t take a wizard to know that animals need our help.
The Shelter Pet Project was started by the Humane Society, The Ad Council and a smaller animal advocacy group called Maddie’s Fund. While we all know the missions behind the Humane Society and The Ad Council, you may not be as familiar with Maddie’s Fund.
Maddie’s Fund, started in 1999, is working towards a no-kill nation.
The main goal of The Shelter Pet project is to promote the idea that a family in search of a pet should look FIRST to their local shelter.
As a secondary goal, The Shelter Pet Project works to educate society about shelter animals, dispel any myths about them and ultimately, help people to know that “a person is the best thing to happen to a shelter pet. Be that person. Adopt.”
Their website offers a lot of information on shelter pets, including where to find a shelter in your area and how to adopt a pet. In addition, they also offer a search feature (powered by Petfinder) to help you begin your journey to pet parenthood.
The Shelter Pet Project is on all the Social Media sites. Whether you prefer to Tweet or read Pins, you can find them where you are the most social.
On Pinterest or Instagram, you can easily get your fill of “cuteness overload” as all the pins are adorable photos of rescues.
To make it even more fun, they have many fabulous videos and ads on The Shelter Pet Project YouTube channel.
One of my favorite series of videos is the “It’s not their fault” segments:
Many people mistakenly believe that shelter pets are such because there is something wrong with the pet or that it has some sort of issue. This is not the case and nearly all shelter pets end up in a shelter through no fault of their own.
If you are a business owner or work with a business that loves animals, there are plenty of opportunities for you to also get involved and help share the message to choose adoption first.
When the time is right for you or your family to add a little extra furry love to your household, I urge you to research our site and The Shelter Pet Project and head to your nearest shelter.
After unexpectedly losing one dog to cancer, I was asked to “foster” a shelter pet while her injured paw healed. That was 3 years ago and I can tell you that it’s very clear in my mind just who saved who!
Do you have a shelter pet? Share this article and a story about your pet on your social media and help us spread the word.