Giving thanks


As we approach Thanksgiving we'd like to share the things for which we are grateful: The millions of people around the country who dedicate themselves to ending animal homelessness. Fresh evidence that companion animals deliver real emotional and physical health benefits to people of all ages and stages of life. Recognition within the armed forces that pets are an integral and important part of military families. Growth of pet fostering, which provides short- and long-term temporary homes to pets in need, including those of military members who are deployed overseas. Greater public … [Read more...]

Break out the Kleenex!

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New laws aim to help animals

help the animals

It seems that some elected leaders are finally taking the issue of animal cruelty to heart, if some recently proposed laws are any indication. … [Read more...]

Did you know…

locked up dog

  ...That half of dogs and 70% of cats in shelters are killed, simply because no one adopts them? ...Between 6-8 million dogs and cats are placed into shelters every year in the U.S.? ...Which means that about 4 million pets are killed each year due to lack of adoptive homes? ...And adult dogs face the highest risk of dying in shelters? But... … [Read more...]

Pets for Patriots is here!

On this Veterans Day I'd proud to announce our newly-formed not-for-profit, Pets for Patriots. We create unique opportunities for members of the military community to save a life by honorably adopting adult shelter animals. As we await a determination on tax exemption from the IRS, we invite you to learn about our mission, sign up to receive our emails, become a Facebook fan and follow us on Twitter. Stay tuned... … [Read more...]



  It's fitting on this Veterans Day that I'll announce a new not-for-profit organization that will dually honor those who selflessly serve our country and the animals who love them. It was Memorial Day when I just knew I had to bring this charity to life. I had my mother and her boyfriend, Charles, over for a barbecue. Charles is an 89-year young former ball turret gunner - also known as a belly gunner - who served in WWII, flying 33 sorties over enemy territory. After I drove them home and came back to clean up the dishes, I pictured the idea behind Pets for Patriots with … [Read more...]

What’s the best way to accept online donations?

As we (hopefully) near approval for tax-exemption from the IRS, I've been turning my attention to how to make donating easy and pain-free for potential donors. Naturally, accepting online contributions is huge - no fumbling for the checkbook, no "I'll get to it later" - a simple, on-the-spot way for folks to whip out their credit cards and help the cause. … [Read more...]

The state of charitable giving

There is a very interesting series of articles in today's Wall Street Journal about the current state of philanthropy and not-for-profits. While the main article focused on what private foundations could and should be doing to increase their charitable giving and reduce complexity for their grantees, I didn't see anything about how the government could make it a little easier for not-for-profits to get started. … [Read more...]

Last day in Vancouver

It's been a productive week here in Vancouver, WA with our team from Gravitate Design. Later today I get to see our homepage design concept... though I got a little preview the other day: gorgeous! … [Read more...]

Copy that

Still in Vancouver, WA with our crack web design team. Today I'm working on web copy for our phase one website launch. Chained to my desk and laptop, listening to my iPod and - natch - consulting from time to time for that occasional 'just right' word. I think the best strategy is to simply tell it like it is. Nothing fancy, complicated or contrived - just the plain, straight up, dog-gone truth (pun intended) about how our charity will add meaning to the lives of both pets and patriots. Ok, enough procrastinating... back to work! … [Read more...]