Saturday, January 13, 2018

Bow Wow Buddies Foundation helps dogs in need by granting over $150,000 in 2017

The Bow Wow Buddies Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to awarding grants of up to $2,500 to cover the cost of unplanned, necessary medical care for dogs in need, gave a new 'leash' on life to 40% more deserving dogs in 2017.

By year end, the Foundation granted over $150,000 to provide 89 dogs with necessary medical attention.

The organization is the 501(c)(3) entity of Camp Bow Wow, the nation's largest Doggy Day Care and Boarding franchise.

The Foundation focuses efforts on dogs who are placed in shelters/rescues, as well as on families facing hardships. Through its contributions, the nonprofit provides a lifeline to ease financial burdens to keep dogs happy and healthy in their current homes or helps ensure they will find a fur-ever family.

Saturday, January 6, 2018

2018 Innovation Showdown accepting lifesaving ideas through February 16th

The 2018 Innovation Showdown invites organizations and companies to compete for the chance at an investment of up to $350,000 for innovative ideas to save animal lives and get feedback from the nation's top animal welfare experts.

Recognizing and rewarding lifesaving innovation has been an area of focus for many of the nation's top animal welfare organizations. The 2018 Innovation Showdown is a collaborative project with a goal to spark lifesaving creativity to help the animal welfare industry reduce the number of animals euthanized in this country.

The Innovation Showdown, originally created in 2017 by the Petco Foundation and Jackson Galaxy Foundation, is modeled after the critically-acclaimed Shark Tank for entrepreneurs, but with one major difference. The Innovation Showdown's ultimate goal is not a financial return on investment but a lifesaving return on investment – that is to save the lives of more animals in need.

Friday, December 29, 2017

Top 10 Posts of 2017

Every December I like to share the most popular posts of the past year. The date is especially significant because December 31st is my eighth blogiversary!

Bunny's Blog began as an extension of my activities on Twitter in 2009. A group of animal-loving tweeps joined together each month to raise funds for animal charities all over the world. In late 2009, a new group called BlogPaws was forming, and I joined to learn more about how blogging could help.

I attended the first BlogPaws conference in 2010, and I jumped into blogging with both feet. My professional experience in fundraising and my love of animals made focusing my blog on animal-related causes a natural fit.

Friday, December 22, 2017

Study indicates therapy dogs provide benefits to families of children undergoing cancer treatment

Dogs have long been called mankind's best friend, but a major new scientific study now indicates that a dog may also be a family's best friend in times of their greatest need.

Following seven years of pioneering research, American Humane, the country's first national humane organization, revealed the results of its long-awaited "Canines and Childhood Cancer Study," the first and largest randomized, controlled clinical trial to rigorously measure the effects of animal-assisted therapy (AAT) in the field of pediatric oncology.

The results, published in the Journal of Pediatric Oncology Nursing, furnish evidence that regular visits from a therapy dog can provide significant psychosocial benefits to families of children undergoing treatment for cancer.