By Michele C. Hollow of Pet News and Views
I asked and you came through! My annual call for “Comments for Meals” garnered 2788 responses. That’s 139,400 meals for shelter cats and dogs.
Those of you who know me, know I hate asking! You, however, made it so easy. I couldn’t believe how fast the comments rolled in. It was a quick few days, and for most of them, I was glued to this site. I just clicked “approve, approve, approve.” I did read each and every comment. We all agree that more needs to be done to protect and care for cats and dogs. We all share the same beliefs that we need to do more to promote spay/neuter, adoption, and animal kindness.
You came through and showed me that your hearts are big. So many of you shared this campaign on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and other social media sites.
I want to thank Maria Milito of Q104.3FM for posting on Facebook and on her radio’s website. Thank you to Audrey and Eldad Hagar of Hope for Paws for championing their fans to leave a comment here. Thanks to Judy Fridono, mom to Surf dogs Ricochet and Rina for calling on your fans to leave a comment. So many of you–too many too mention–left comments and asked friends and family to do so too.
A big thanks to Iams for agreeing to let me do this campaign once again, and to Helen Woodward Animal Center (HWAC) for having this idea in the first place. HWAC began the program in 1999 with 14 participating shelters in San Diego with the support of Iams. Now, their Home 4 the Holidays campaign helps hundreds of animal adoption centers and rescues throughout the U.S.
One reader suggested that more pet food companies donate food to food banks so people will be able to stay with their pets. I think that is a great idea. One of my favorite programs is AniMeals, started by HWAC. It brings pet food to homebound Meals on Wheels recipients with pets. If anyone has any thoughts or ideas on other programs that benefits pets, drop me a line.
I’ve met so many new friends through this campaign, and I hope you will all visit often. You can even subscribe by clicking here. Thank you one and all. This has been an especially Happy Birthday!