Kitties play DeflateGate, Ready for the Superbowl
With all the hoopla over DeflateGate, Paws wanted to have some fun, and see how our feline household would deflate footballs, getting ready for the big game on #SuperBowl Sunday. How do you think your cats would have tacked the football? Do you think they might like to watch the #Super Bowl, or the #Kitten Bowl. How will your kitties be spending SuperBowl Sunday? Will they be racing and romping through the house? Or will they be snuggling up in your lap, watching the big game, and helping you eat all those goodies? Please weigh in and share your thoughts and comments on this fun discussion.
Wordless Wednesday: Blizzard 2015: No worries for these cats, safe inside, watching it snow.
Here, my cats enjoy a nice cozy day, inside, watching the blizzard, or sleeping through it, as was the case with Pink Collar. They all enjoyed the heat of the
wood stove, and told their Mummy how happy they were be on the inside looking out, and not on the outside looking in.
Where were your cats during Tuesday’s Blizzard of 2015? Please weigh in on the discussion and share your comments.
For Joey Herrick, co-founder and former president of Natural Balance Pet Foods, and host of ‘Who Let The Dogs Out’ television show, has a new mission – cutting through the politics of pets and sheltering to reduce the number of pets euthanized in shelters.
What better way to do that than capture people waiting for the ‘big game’ on Super Bowl XLIX Sunday, and be in front of millions in #DogsVsCats, a commercial of Super Bowl quality airing on the Hallmark Channel’s Kitten Bowl II, at noon ET, Feb. 1.
The Lucy Pet Foundation, started in late 2013, has a very serious message. And as a successful marketer, Herrick has plans to raise not just money, but awareness to seriously make a difference. As co-founder and president of Natural Balance Pet Foods, he had an avenue to give tons of pet food to shelters.
No longer in that role, he wants to take the mission further. In a recent interview with Paws for Reflection, Herrick talks about how bad the feral cat problem is in just Los Angeles. ‘There are 3 million free roaming cats in the city. They are everywhere.’
Check out this teaser of Lucy Pet Foundation’s #DogsVsCats football game It’s being touted as the coolest, most technologically advanced, and most societal-important commercial ever.
When they go the shelter, they don’t have a chance. Herrick wants to see the end of the gas chamber system. Thirty-one states still allow pets to be thrown into a box and gassed to death.
Every week, about 80,000 dogs and cats are euthanized in shelters across the United States. Much of this is caused because of pet overpopulation. Effective spay/neuter programs could help reduce these numbers substantially. In five years, Herrick hopes to offer no cost or low-cost mobile spay and neuter clinics in every state across the country.
Stopping pet overpopulation is the only way to stop the mushrooming numbers. And those numbers need to be reduced to cut down on the pets euthanized.
But it’s not the only issue that needs to be addressed. Herrick says the sheltering system needs to be revamped. More money needs to go directly to helping the animals, and less to administrative salaries.
If we work together, we can have better buying power and better tools to help the pets. ‘We all need to work together.’
Wordless Wednesday: Lots of cute cats are available for adoption.
There are lots of very cute cats, of all ages, sizes, and flavors at shelters ready to be adopted.
Do you go to the shelter looking for the next perfect cat? Have you adopted shelter cats? Please weigh in on this serious discussion and share your thoughts.
Every week, about 80,000 dogs and cats are euthanized in shelters across the United States. Much of this is caused because of pet overpopulation. Effective spay/neuter programs could help reduce these numbers substantially. Joey Herrick, co-founder and president of Natural Balance Pet Foods, and host of ‘Who Let The Dogs Out’ television show, hopes to stop this. In late 2013, he started Lucy’s Pet Foundation to offer no cost or low-cost mobile spay and neuter clinics across the country.
The Lucy Pet Foundation to address the problem with a multi-targeted campaign:
• Offer no cost or low-cost mobile spay and neuter clinics across the U.S.
• Making the American public fully aware of the problem
• Education about pets to the kids
• Education to their parents about the health benefits of spay and neuter
• Grooming and training of adoptable shelter animals
• Legislation on relevant pet issues (including banning shelter gas chambers)
https://www.flickr.com/photos/kristindewey/16038505797/ The Lucy Pet Foundation hopes that they can count on your support in raising awareness of their media campaigns and spay/neuter drives in 2015, by following their social media accounts and helping them spread their message on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
One way The Lucy Pet Foundation plans to spread the word is through a commercial on the upcoming Kitten Bowl II, aired by the Hallmark Channel on Super Bowl Sunday, Feb. 1. The 3-hour Kitten Bowl starts at noon, ET.
During Herrick’s time at the helm of Natural Balance, he donated millions of pounds of pet food to animal rescue groups, because he believes that it is the animal rescue people who pull pets from death row and put them into foster homes are the real true heroes. They’re the ones who have lowered the euthanasia rates in America’s shelters.
It all started when Herrick’s son spotted what he thought was a coyote outside the window. It turns out it was a dog, later named Lucy. Before they could get the dog spay/neutered, they found she was pregnant. Lucy’s Foundation is named after her.
Check out this video on the Lucy Bowl.
There’s still time all Paws’ readers and followers to enter the exciting Lucy Bowl giveway. Enter your own pets (you’re all eligible to win!) Two random winners will win an ipad mini and a #TeamDog or #TeamCat pet jersey, and four other winners will receive #TeamDog or #TeamCat sports packs. The Lucy Foundation will be giving away sports packs here and there on Twitter and elsewhere throughout the campaign, too. The contest ends on Feb. 1 at noon PST. That’s 9 am ET. You can resubmit photos or submit different photos every day. You can even use photoshop. One per day per social media platform. Extra entries for putting your #TeamDog or #TeamCat pics as your profile pics on FB, Twitter or Instagram. Basically, you take a photo of your pet with a sign that says #TeamDog or #TeamCat (just like the one here.)
Posts can be on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter, and need to include the following phrase, the hashtag #TeamDog or #TeamCat, and @lucypetfdn (@Lucypetfoundation on Facebook)
The biggest Bowl commercial this year may be #TheLucyBowl on Kitten Bowl! Don’t miss out on this exciting contest. And now, Paws, need to get going to put my entries together for #Team Cat.
If you want to see more of Herrick’s work, he is scheduled as a guest on Animal Magnetism on Jan. 25 at 10am.
What do you think about The Lucy Foundation? Are you going to check out this fun contest? Please weigh in the discussion, and share your thoughts.