Today is Blog the Change Day, a quarterly event organized by Be the Change for Animals to draw attention to causes important to pet bloggers everywhere.
As you know, we are fully committed to rescue; our two rescue dogs and four rescue cats wouldn’t have it any other way. We feature an Adoptable Dog of the Day here every weekday and right now we’re elbow deep in preparations with All Things Dog Blog for Super Dog Sunday to raise money for Petfinder Foundation. We’re always thinking of ways to encourage more people to go visit their local shelters and rescues the next time they want to increase the size of their furry families.
The well-known slogan “Don’t Shop, Adopt” encourages pet adoption rather than purchase of a pet from pet stores or breeders. And we’re completely behind that philosophy. But recently an idea occurred to us: what if the slogan were:
Shopping a basic human need. OK, it might not be on the order of eating and drinking but a quick look around your town or the Internet itself will confirm that shopping is pretty far up there in the list of must-do activities. People like to shop. It makes them feel good.
And people spend money on what makes them feel good.
What if shelters were promoted as a great place to shop? Go to your local shelter and shop for your next pet. The selection will be great. The prices will be excellent. Helpful shelter staff and volunteers will act as your personal shopping assistants and help you select the pet that’s the best fit for your family. It’s shopping and adoption all rolled into one.
It’s a win-win situation for everyone involved. Shelter animals get a new home, and people get the joy of shopping but not by purchasing a puppy mill dog.