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We Support The Shelter Pet Project

The boys of - Adoption is the Only Option

As someone who has been both an adopter of an animal at a shelter, and someone who has worked behind the front lines of animal rescue and adoption, I can write volumes about the benefits of pet adoption. When you adopt an animal from a shelter, you not only give that animal a chance at love and companionship, but you allow another animal to be saved from abuse, abandonment, neglect, and ignorance. Every day that you are privileged enough to spend with him, the animal you adopt will thank you with his loyalty, love, and spirit. The spot that opens up as a result of his adoption will undoubtedly be filled with another animal who is in great need of care and love. The impact of your action to adopt one animal cascades into many other lives.

When you find room in your life and your heart to adopt an animal, you truly do a selfless act that resounds with an impact you cannot see or imagine. The thankful animal that welcomes you home and  that relishes your attention is only one manifestation of the good you’ve done. That is why their love is so powerful. The joy in your companion’s tail wag, nose rub, and meow is felt so strongly because of the connection that you’ve created among the other animals in need.

The Ad Council, The Humane Society of the United States, and Maddie’s Fund have launched the first national PSA campaign to encourage pet adoption from shelters. The Shelter Pet Project is the first national campaign that combines the efforts of some of the largest animal welfare organizations and shelters throughout the country t0 bring awareness to and encourage pet adoption.

24Paws encourages you to check out the web site, especially the creative PSA’s donated by Draftfcb Chicago, and look into the “Pet Personals” section where you answer some questions and are then shown some potential animal matches available for adoption within the network of shelters. Don’t forget to send an “Adopt-a-gram” to your online friends.

We @ 24Paws want you to make adoption your first choice when searching for a companion animal. Familiarize yourself with your local shelters and rescues.  Encourage everyone you know to make pet adoption the only option. We always provide a link to on the left sidebar of our site…check out who is waiting for you!

Facts to Chew On provided by The Shelter Pet Project sponsors :

  • 8 million pets enter animal shelters each year, and of those animals, 3 -4 million healthy and treatable pets are euthanized
  • 4 million pets are adopted each year
  • It is estimated that 17 million people plan on acquiring a pet within the next year.
  • In its 60 year history, this is the first non-human focused issue that the Ad Council has worked on.
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October 15, 2009 Trending Topic: Climate Change for Blog Action Day

Want to know what will be “trending” on blogs on October 15, 2009? Climate Change.

Climate change is the topic for Blog Action Day 2009. To participate, all that you need to do is write a blog post on October 15th on the topic of climate change. Head over to Blog Action Day and register your site.

Climate change affects all of us. Choosing to set aside a day to contribute to the exchange of ideas and opinions on such an important matter is a beautiful thing.

Will you be participating?

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Final Second Saturday Sale – September 12th, 2009

Second Saturday

Last “Second Saturday” of the year!

Stop by our booth during downtown Urbana’s “Second Saturday Sale” on September 12th and present the following coupon to receive 10% off your total order! We are bringing some great products to feature, including some new items that will be only available at

Print off the coupon and look for us @ the sale! We will be accepting cash and credit cards.

24Paws Second Saturday Coupon for September

Sale located at: Downtown Urbana, Lincoln Square Village, Main Street, Broadway & Race Streets.

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Labor Day Weekend: Grab Your Camera

©24Paws Grandbury smiles for the camera.

This Labor Day weekend why not grab your camera and get some new shots of your beloved companion animal? When is the last time you captured some candid moments of your silly, beautiful, talented, and amazing friend? We take a lot of photos of our gang, but we are always surprised to discover that there are often large gaps in between our photo sessions.

Want a little more inspiration? Here are some pet photo contests to help get that shutter snapping:

Happy Dog Land – Show Us Your Happy Dog Contest

HSUS 2009 State Legislative Pet Photo Contest

Barbara  Streisand Cutest Pet Photo Contest -Hurry Ends Sept. 7th!

Win two (2) tickets to attend the historic Barbra Streisand performance at The Village Vanguard in New York, NY scheduled to take place on September 26, 2009

Peninsula SPCA 2010 Online Photo Contest

All pictures submitted will have an opportunity to be in the 2010 Peninsula SPCA’s calendar!

Get Ready for Halloween-

Good Housekeeping Third Annual Pet Costume Contest

Grand Prize
A five-night stay with your family (plus pet) at Hotel Vintage Park in downtown Seattle, including airfare vouchers for four and $2,000 cash! Your furry friend will enjoy the Pamper Your Pet in the Park package, which includes a bed for a dog or cat, turndown service, food and water dish, organic treats, and a pet survival kit. Pet sitters and dog walkers can be arranged for an additional fee. You’ll also receive a prize basket from Bissell with great products to help clean up pet messes back at home: Pet Hair Eraser Vacuum, SpotBot Pet, ProHeat 2X Select Pet, and ShedAway.

Inspired yet? Got a contest to share?