365 Days of Animal Advocacy (& Life)!

I know it’s been awhile, but life has been pretty much insane. So much so I’m not quite sure I can call it a life. Doesn’t life include sleep? Don’t think I haven’t been blogging. I blog every single day but it hasn’t been here. Over at I Love Rescue Animals, Ash and I have taken on an epic year-long challenge: to showcase a different rescue, shelter, or other animal welfare organization every single day this year. It’s called the 365 Days of Animal Advocacy project and if we’re not blogging or taking pictures, we’re emailing organizations and spreading the word pretty much every second of the day (when we’re not at work).

Regardless of how time consuming it is, the project has already proved incredibly worth it. We have already gotten in touch with some fantastic organizations and the amount of positive feedback we’ve gotten has been wonderful. Want to know more about it? Check out the last five posts we’ve done:

Please take a moment to read more and find out how you can help this project. We would love to hear from your local shelter and share your story. And don’t worry – I’m getting back into the blogging habit and I’ll be back here soon.

And Now For a Short Break!

BREAK! I shall be scarce from the web this week as I prepare for BlogPaws 2010 West, a conference that has all to do with pet bloggers and celebrating the love for our furry friends. This is the second conference and this time I will doing a presentation about some tips and tricks for basic WordPress design. I’ll make sure to make it available after the conference. Ash and I are representing I Love Rescue Animals and will be gone from Thursday to Sunday to beautiful Denver, CO. Until then, we’ll be running around trying to get everything done and prepared in time for us to make our flight. We’ll get back on the normal blogging schedule on Monday. Be well, all!

Updated 9/16/10: We made it back from Colorado safe and sound, but the BlogPaws buzz has not died (and I have not had a chance to catch up on blogging here). I will write about it here next week after my life gets back to normal (and I catch up on emails and projects), but for now, please head over to the I Love Rescue Animals blog and read about our journey and all the people we met. It was incredible. Thank you to all who support our group and our mission!

ILRA Nominated for the Petties!

You may remember this post we wrote up earlier about asking people to nominate ILRA for DogTime’s Petties Awards. Well we asked and you came forth and did it! I Love Rescue Animals is now one of the four finalists for Best Cause Related Blog! Thank you so much to everyone who entered our names. Just making it to the final four has blown us away. You are all amazing.

Vote Again!

But it’s not over! Now that we’re in the final four, how about trying to get us to #1? I know we here at ILRA would be absolutely estatic if we managed to take the top spot, and we feel that with your support, we have a good chance.

Vote For ILRA!

So please take a moment to vote for iloverescueanimals.org in the “Best Cause Related Blog category. If you support what we do and what we stand for, this is a great way to show how much you appreciate it. With a few clicks, you have helped us take one step forward to getting our message to a bigger audience.

Thank you so much for getting us this far! Feel free to share this with friends and family. We could use all the support we can get it. Voting ends on August 20th so please get your votes in!

The Blogging of ILRA

If you haven’t noticed, I Love Rescue Animals is bursting with brand new content in our blog. Not only do we try and have a blog a day up now, but we’ve also got four, count them – FOUR, different series going on that I wanted to take a minute and showcase here. AND we’ve welcome on a new member of the team! How awesome is that? Check out what we’ve been up to!

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Introducing Pet Parent Files!

Ash and I have been super busy the last few weeks putting more and more content up over at I Love Rescue Animals, and the blog is becoming a virtual hothouse of information for any and all pet lovers. Our newest project: Pet Parent Files! This is the start of our video blogging journey – Ash has started creating videos (with me helping as the cameraman), giving tips from one pet parent to another. Whether it’s about giving panicure to dogs or feeding medication to rats, saving baby birds or talking about kittens, we are going to try and cover it all. Have a question? Please ask and we may do a video for you! Our menagerie currently consists of dogs, cats, ferrets, rats, a snake, a leopard gecko, and some fish (at the moment), so our experiences are varied and we may have an answer for you. Go check out our new Pet Parent Files!

2010 Animal Welfare Campaign!

2010 Animal Welfare Campaign

Recently, I Love Rescue Animals was approached by Great Nonprofits to partner with them on their newest project: The 2010 Animal Welfare Campaign! Of course, we said yes, and we are busy promoting this new resource for animal nonprofit groups.

Please check out our blog post about the campaign to find out more about what we need you to do to make this a success! Please pass on the message – the more people who take part in this campaign, the better!

I Love Rescue Animals (Do You?)

We used to have to struggle to find content for our I Love Rescue Animals blog, but lately, it has come alive with entries not just from us, but from a couple of other people as well. One being the awesomely talented Chelsea Conlin who has taken it upon herself to do, what we like to call, Shelter Sketches. Check out that series – it’s cute and it’s helping animals.

We’ve also started doing Pet Parent Files where Ash and I do a video with tips on taking care of our many animals (if you lost count, we’re up to 23 now, two of which are fosters). It’s crazy, but we figured with our experience, people might be interested in what we do on a daily basis.

Even with the sudden influx of content, we’re always looking for guest posts. Want to tell a story about your rescue animal? Have a great rescue story you heard and feel we should discuss? Let us know and we’ll post it! Head over to ILoveRescueAnimals.org and fill out the content form telling us what you’re like to do or how you’d like to contribute. We look forward to hearing from you!

ILRA Shelter Sketches!

If you haven’t been paying attention, I Love Rescue Animals has recently begun working with talented artist Chelsea Conlin to bring our readers something called “Shelter Sketches” every Saturday. Here’s how it works: Chelsea chooses a dog in any shelter and brings him or her to life in a sketch which we post on our blog, along with all the information about the dog. It is in this way that we hope to give these pups an even better chance at being adopted and finding their forever homes.

Check out the ILRA Blog and visit Chelsea’s sketchblog for more information and more awesome art.

Win a Design for your Pet Blog!

BlogPawty

I am a huge animal lover if you haven’t figured that one out yet, and I am one of the two people who run the adoption and animal advocacy site I Love Rescue Animals site. I blogged a little here mentioning that I was attending the BlogPaws conference a few weeks ago, and it was a blast. You can read about our adventures over at the ILRA blog – it was a fantastic network and we made some great friends.

But it didn’t end there! This week I will be working with the PawPawty team (founded by the awesome Lynn, mother to Frugal Dougal) to give animal and pet bloggers a chance to win a custom web design! On April 21st, starting at 7, a BlogPawty will be going down over at twitter and during that time, we will be raising money for Pets Without Parents. Along with raising money, there will be a ton of giveaways to those in attendance.

My giveaway is going to be week long instead of one night, to give more bloggers a chance to get in on the action. If you’re interested in winning a custom-made design for your pet blog, I suggest you go read the rules and give it a try! Entering is easy and you’ll be supporting shelter dogs and animals in need. The winner will be announced next Sunday. But don’t let that stop you from joining in on the festivities that is the BlogPawty – April 21st at 7PM Eastern time. Find us on Twitter with the hashtag #BlogPawty. I’ll see you there!

Happy Birthday to ILRA!

Happy Birthday to Us!

Okay it was yesterday, but whatever. On April 14th, I Love Rescue Animals turned one year old! One whole year we have been helping puppies and kitties and people find each other on our website. How exciting is that?

Spunky Pup!

Check out the ILRA Blog for posts about what you can do to help. All this week we will be posting about the fun adventures we had at the first annual BlogPaws Conference. Be sure to say Happy Birthday and don’t be a stranger. The next two weeks are going to be filled with awesome surprises and fun games!