COMPLETED! The Pet Postcard Project is having its first TOY RAISER for homeless dogs! Shelter pups need to play too, so Planet Dog has generously pledged $10,000 of their amazing minty-scented toys to two shelters, Fresno Bully Rescue in Fresno, California, and Big Hearts for Big Dogs Rescue in Miami, Florida. Two worthy rescues on the opposite ends of the country.
In celebration of 10 years of giving through its non-profit, the Planet Dog Foundation (PDF), Planet Dog is proud to help support two worthy rescues on the opposite ends of the country. To make it happen, we need YOUR handmade, homemade pet postcards!
The toys are from Planet Dog's Old Soul Collection, for example, the Old Soul Orbee-Tuff®. Orbees innovatively address issues that every dog experiences as they grow older and wiser: reduced vision and snout strength, weakened jaw muscles and brittle teeth. They were specifically designed for senior dogs whose chewing strength and urgency have waned over the years, but who still like a good, gummy chew. They are double soft, double minty, uniquely pliable and stretchy. The colors of Old Soul Orbees are high-contrast to make seeing them easier. Like all of Planet Dog's other Orbee-Tuff® toys, Old Soul Orbees are 100% recyclable, buoyant, bouncy, non-toxic and safely made in the U.S.A. Because Old Soul Orbees were designed specifically for senior dogs, they are not appropriate for aggressive chewers. But they may be enjoyed by dogs of all ages who have gentle jaws.
How can the rescues get these great toys? By you sending in your homemade pet postcards, of course! The goal for each rescue will be 1000 handmade postcards by January 31st, 2012, featuring YOUR pets! Card "captions" must be confesstions, advice, or wishes. Make them heartwarming, profound, silly, or funny, and above all, make them real and from YOUR pet (or a pet you know). HERE'S HOW IT WORKS!
Each rescue will get $4000.00 worth of toys, and the rescue who brings in the MOST cards over the 1000 card goal, will receive an ADDITIONAL $2000.00 of Planet Dog toys! Include a note with your cards with the rescue's name on it and I'll include it toward that rescue's card goal. Cards that arrive without designation will be split between the two.
In this case, since the goal is 2000 cards total, each postcard that you send equals $5.00 toward Planet Dog toys for these rescue dogs! Send all of your cards in one envelope, and for the cost of a stamp and a little bit of creativity, you can give a lot of toys to needy dogs.
"We have BIG hearts for BIG dogs all over South Florida. We are a not for profit 501(c)(3) organization determined to make a difference. We rescue, rehabilitate, and rehome large dogs. We have a special interest in Pit Bulls and Pit Bull type dogs as they are the most neglected and misunderstood breed. We aim to change public perception, educate the community, and spread awareness about the breed. We started as a small group of individuals who saw a desperate need foradvocates of larger breed dogs. Smaller dogs are adopted faster and rescued more often. And just like that a new hope is born. A new hope and beginning for big dogs all over South Florida. Our hope is that this site, and this rescue, brings big hearts together to save more animals." Follow them on Facebook.
"FBR's job is to provide a healthy and loving temporary home while we look for forever homes for our bullies. In addition, FBR is committed to promoting responsible ownership of bully breeds, fighting against breed discrimination, spaying and neutering pets, reporting dog fighting, and demonstrating to the community that bully breeds are loyal, loving, and wonderful forever companions." Follow them on Facebook.
TIP: Most people wait till the end of a campaign to send their cards, but if you want to see the thermometers move up for the shelter you're supporting, please send your cards early!
Should you choose to take on this "toy challenge," January 31st is your goal date, and 1000 cards for each of these rescues is your card goal. Have a postcard making party! Ask your kids to make postcards in their classes or clubs. Send 1 or 100 -- but please do send them in to earn Planet Dog toys for these two rescues. Thank you!