One of the greatest gifts of being involved in a pet blog is finding a greater sense of cause and community with like-minded people. Whether you are a cat person, dog person, bird person, ferret person- each with their own distinct personalities and interests- everyone is equally interested in improving the lives of animals across the world, and that is something I love.
Driven by the desire to bring community-minded bloggers together to make a difference, Kim Clune at This One Wild Life and Amy and Rod Burkert of Go Pet Friendly initiated the Blog the Change event, which starts today.
The link above will tell you all you need to know if you’d like to participate. The premise is simple: pick something you are passionate about and blog about it.
Here is my contribution:
As an animal health care advocate and someone easily overwhelmed by life’s demands, I am all for safety tips that are easily implemented, convenient, and effective. I have seen the devastating effects of house fires, and I know how difficult it is in those emergency situations to get everyone out safely and quickly, particularly when you are trying to find a frightened pet.
The American Kennel Club, ADT, and the National Volunteer Fire Council have teamed up to declare July 15th Pet Fire Safety Day. With an estimated 500,000 pets affected by house fires each year, it’s an important issue to prepare for.
The above link has some tips for home preparedness, but even with the best pet-proofing accidents can happen. In those situations, something as simple as a window cling with your pets’ information can make the difference for those awesome, fantastic firefighter heroes who can and do regularly risk life and limb to help us, and our pets.
Participating fire stations across the US are offering these clings today for free; for those who are not close to a station where they are available, ADT also has these clings available online, free of charge.
It’s easy. It doesn’t cost you anything. And it just might save your pet’s life.