Monday, March 2, 2009

Who Says There's No Such Thing As A Free Lunch?



I love this story because it combines several aspects of the Wolf Conservation Center's mission. We always make it a point to tell people that they can do something every day to make the world around them a better place. And we always like to remind people that wolves, being wild animals, should not be kept as pets - people should adopt dogs instead. A couple of great dogs that were adopted from shelters are pictured above. Charlie, the lab mix on the left, is part of the WCC staff pack. He was adopted from Maricopa County Animal Care and Control in Arizona. Tiger, on the right, spent 15 years with my best friend. An Airedale/Wolfhound mix (probably) from the North Shore Animal League in Long Island, NY, Tiger literally selected my friend's family by gently grabbing her mother's arm as the family walked by.

Why am I going on about shelter dogs? Well, recently I read an article about an organization that has donated almost 85 million pieces of kibble (that's over 55 tons!) to feed dogs (and cats) in animal shelters. Naturally I was very happy about that, but I was floored when I read that it was founded by a 12 year old girl, Mimi Ausland. Talk about doing something to make the world a better place...

You can help too, with just a couple of clicks! Just go to her website http://www.freekibble.com/, try to answer the entertaining daily trivia question about dogs, and, voila!, 10 pieces of kibble are donated by Castor & Pollux Pet Works. The kibble is then distributed to animal shelters. After answering the question about dogs, you can click on the link to go to http://www.freekibblekat.com/ to feed cats the same way. It's simple, quick, and fun - you don't even have to get the question right.

We hope you'll join us in making a visit to Mimi's website part of your daily routine. And don't forget to check out local shelters if you're thinking about getting a dog or cat!

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