It’s our final day…won’t you help save a stray?
The month of October is hereby renamed “Dogtober.” And we’re going to celebrate “Dogtoberfest” the right way: by helping our stray canine friends find homes.
Did you know that:
- Every year. some 3.9 million dogs enter animal shelters.
- Only 1 out of every 10 dogs born in the U.S. will find a permanent home.
- Homeless animals outnumber homeless people 5 to 1.
- Each year, approximately 2.7 million dogs and cats are killed every year because shelters are too full and there aren’t enough adoptive homes.
- Only about 15 to 20% of dogs are returned to their owners.
The problem is not just that the animals suffer or die. Problems arising from stray animals include the spread of rabies, and attacks by feral dogs on people (including children) and other pets. The problem is widespread in the U.S. but is particularly acute overseas. [Source: National Animal Interest Alliance]
So, once again, I’ll use my books as a way of raising awareness — and much-needed funding to address the problem. Here’s my commitment:
For every print (paperback or hardcopy) of The Mountain Man’s Dog sold in October, $1 will be donated to animal rescue charities (to be shared between the Humane Society and Dove-Lewis Animal Hospital).
You may recall that a similar but shorter campaign at the end of August raised over $370 for Louisiana Flood Relief. I hope to be able to crush that accomplishment with this charitable drive. That campaign worked well because people like you helped spread the word.
Won’t you do that again by:
- Posting links on Twitter and Facebook to this blog page
- Re-tweeting and re-posting my links on those social media as they appear throughout the month
- Encourage people you know to buy paperback or hardcover copies of The Mountain Man’s Dog this month on Amazon.com or in bookstores.
I thank you, Lehigh and Lucky thank you, and the dogs in your community thank you.