Today is the day when tons of pet blogs are working together and dedicating their posts to making a difference in animals' lives, to being the change they want to see in the world.
"Be the Change" was born at BlogPaws last weekend, and I hope it grows big and strong! At a session led by myself, Lynn Haigh (@frugaldougal's mom) and Dr. V or pawcurious.com and moderated by Jane Harrell of Petfinder, we put everyone in attendance's name in a basket. We drew one, and that person got to choose the rescue that everyone would work to help today. The winner chose Pets Without Parents, and I can't think of a more deserving cause.
So How Will CUTE be the Change?
I thought for a while what I would do for my post. I didn't want to just post the fundraising widget and beg and plead for money. I wanted to actually do something. Something to be a better person and do more for a cause I so strongly believe in.
Those of you who know me and the Cute know I feed a ton of parking lot kitties. There are 13 of them! The Meows are the two that hang out by my car in the office parking lot, but there are also three other bunches of cats who I know by name, personality and favorite food. Little Meow, Daddy Meow, Westin, Orange Guy, Bully, Petunia, Sweet Pea, Daisy, Cry Baby... They are all a part of my life, and I look forward to serving breakfast, lunch and dinner with the cat food that the trunk of my car is always stocked with.
But I don't even look at that as something I'm doing above and beyond -- it's something that has just become so much a part of my life that I even visit the office parking lot kitties on the weekends. And so I need to do something more to be the change I want to see...
And so I decided I'm going to finally do something I've always wanted to and talked about doing. I'm going to take some of my free time and volunteer and my favorite local animal shelter. I'm going to give them some of my free time (it's not much I have, but what better way to use it, right?), and do whatever they need.
If they need poop scooped, bring me the scooper!
If they need mouths fed, cages cleaned, kitties brushed or floors swept, I'm there!
If the cats need a little extra love (and we all know they do), well then, I'll give them every little bit of love I have to give. Because they deserve it. Because it's not their fault they don't have forever homes. Because they should be surrounded by people who care for them, and show them just how special they are.
So, for every $100 we raise for Pets Without Parents in our "Be the Change" challenge, I'm going to donate a weekend day to the special kitties at Cats Exclusive in Margate, Florida. They don't know it yet... but I have a feeling they're going to be seeing a lot of Cute! :)
And now this is where you all come in: Help me help them! We'll be helping two rescue shelters at once! Pets Without Parents will get the much-needed donations and Cats Exclusive will get some much-needed volunteer time from me. (I'll go anyway, you know, but this just makes it fun...)
Any little amount you can spare to donate to Pets Without Parents would mean a lot. Let's Be the Change together -- and let's be the biggest change we can be for these animals!
And if you can't donate, please help us spread the word! The more people who do, the better! Never underestimate what a big difference even the smallest gestures can make.
Now go, go, go! Let's make Be the Change the talk of the Web today! (List of blogs participating below the video!)
P.S. If you haven't seen the amazingly inspiring and touching video from @frugaldougal about what a difference just a few caring people can make, please don't miss it!
Blogs Participating in Be the Change:
Doggies and Stuff
Dog Spelled Forward
The Little Dog Speaks
Romeo the Cat
Dash Kitten's Mewsings
Drs. Foster and Smith Pet Blog (Comment-a-thon, so leave a comment!)
Chat with Sandy
George the Duck
My Fire Hydrant
Champion on My Heart
This One Wild Life
Janet's Veterinary Medicine Blog
About Vet Med
Daily Dog Scoop
My Life in Words
Sebastion the Sensitive Soul
Covered in Cat Hair (meet some of the Pets Without Parents kitties!)
Will My Dog Hate Me
Sparkle the Designer Cat
Oh My Dog!
Baby Patches, Nip and Bones
Biscuits by Lambchop
Jenna's Dog Blog (She's About.com's Guide to Dogs)
Of Cows' Tails and Chew Toys
Paws and Effect
Curlz and Swirlz, Life with Cornish Rex Cats...
Once there was a girl...
I Love Dogs
Richmond Dogs Blog
Two Little Cavaliers
The Pet Book Lady
--Your blog URL here! (Leave your URL in the comments, email me or tweet me @YourDailyCute if you're in!)