We interrupt our Fun Finds Fridays to tell you about a noteworthy project aimed at helping the plight of chained dogs in the U.S., Canada and England.
The nonprofit organization Dogs Deserve Better sponsors
National Have a Heart for Chained Dogs Week each year,
and it runs during the week leading up to Valentine's Day: February 7-14.
We're taking this opportunity to spotlight it a few weeks in advance so that you'll have the info you need if you decide you want to participate.
Here is the press release from dogsdeservebetter.org:
Join us February 7-14th for Have a Heart for Chained Dogs Week.
OUR GOAL in our 11th Anniversary Season is to mail valentines to
20,000 CHAINED or PENNED DOGS.
We are striving to raise awareness for chained and penned dogs in a positive way...by delivering Valentines, a brochure and a treat coupon to dogs living outside all over the U.S. and into other countries where we have representation, such as Canada and England.
Here's where you come in:
1. Make Valentines.
Teachers, Students, Scout Leaders, Group Leaders, Individuals - please make Valentines!
Please note: Sizes should be no bigger than 4"x8.5" so they can fit in a mailing envelope.
We're asking you to stress quality over quantity this year...we'd rather have 18,000 awesome valentines that REALLY hit home with dog caretakers. The valentines can say anything along the lines of 'Bring us into the home and family.'
Mail them to us by February 5th at 1915 Moonlight Rd., Smithfield, VA 23430.
2. Mail Coupons for Free or Reduced Cost Treats or Dogfood.
Last year we did not have enough treat coupons to fill all the Valentines. Can you help us out this year by mailing any and all treat or dogfood coupons you have to us at 1915 Moonlight Rd., Smithfield, VA 23430?
Please make sure their expiration dates are after February 20th.
3. Send addresses for Chained or Penned Dogs.
This is so CRUCIAL! Please, take the time to find out the address of that chained or penned dog near you, even though it takes a little time...
To make our goal, we need to mail Valentines to at least 20,000 dogs. Send addresses via mail, call 757-357-9292 to report addresses, e-mail them to firstname.lastname@example.org. or fill out our form on our website (this is the preferred method - please click here).
You remain anonymous!
We're impressed with Dogs Deserve Better and give them four enthusiastic paws WAY up for their dedicated efforts to help the plight of chained dogs!