Pups Think Pink For Breast Cancer Awareness Walk

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month and thousands of people across the country are doing their part to raise awareness for the disease. But supporting the cause isn’t just for people. Now, pets are sniffing out a way to show their support, too, and the non-profit organization Celebrate Spot is giving dogs the opportunity to do just that.

On October 14th, the non-profit organization will host their 5th annual walk in Forest Park, Missouri. Dogs and their owners will join together to journey 1 mile to 5 through the scenic paths in the park. The fundraiser will benefit the Young Women’s Breast Cancer Program and Director’s Discovery Fund at the Siteman Cancer Center in nearby St. Louis. The YWBCP is one of the few corporations that dedicates themselves to researching and supporting women under the age of 44 diagnosed with breast cancer.

After the walk, participants will be invited to kick their paws up and enjoy a little rest and relaxation in the “Celebrate Spot Lounge.” Guests and their pets can participate in a raffle, have their fortunes read by the Dr. J the Amazing Pet Psychic, have their pics snapped in the On the Spot photo booth, personalize a free puppy collar, and enjoy food and beverage from the food trucks on hand. Several doggy contests will also be held at the event, with prizes being awarded to winners in categories like “Best Dressed Dog” and “Most Look-A-Like.”

The cost to participate begins at $30. To find out more about the Celebrate Spot Walk , visit their website. You can also find them on Facebook and Twitter.

 

Image Credit: Celebrate Spot & Celebrate Spot @ Facebook

Charity Spotlight: The Sam Simon Foundation

If you’ve ever watched an episode of The Simpsons, you may recognize Sam Simon’s name from the credits. Simon is the co-creator of the animated series, and has worked as producer and director for hit shows like Taxi, The Tracey Ullman Show, Cheers, and The Drew Carey Show. When not working on The Simpsons, Simon trades in his pen for paws. For years, he has been an active PETA fund-raiser, and since 2002, Simon has been dedicating himself to his own self-funded charitable program, The Sam Simon Foundation. The non-profit organization is one of L.A.’s largest free spay/neuter providers, helping low income pet owners receive care for their pet the foundation’s mobile clinic.

But The Sam Simon Foundation doesn’t stop there. The foundation truly lives up to their motto of “saving the lives of dogs to enrich the lives of people” through its efforts to rescue and rehabilitate homeless dogs. The Sam Simon team will care for and train these animals to become service dogs to those in need. Some dogs will become hearing dogs, assisting those with hearing handicaps, while others will go on to become loyal companions to military veterans coping with post-traumatic stress disorder. 

Even before the animals complete their training, the dogs will begin their work helping others by visiting people who reside in assisted living communities. Lending their loving hearts and friendly faces, the dogs spend time each month with the residents. The visits are mutually beneficial, allowing the dogs to gain valuable socialization skills, while improving the mental, physical, and emotional health of the people they visit.

Sam Simon with his own beloved dogs Casey, Petula, and Harvey

To learn more about what the foundation is doing to help dogs and humans alike, visit The Sam Simon Foundation website. You’ll also be able to view a list of adoptable pets, find free and low cost veterinary services, and receive tips and advice for choosing and caring for your shelter dog. The Sam Simon Foundation can also be found on Facebook and Twitter.

 

Image Credit: Sam Simon Foundation

Celebrate Heroic Dogs on September 12 with The Avengers

 

If you’ll be in the New York City area this month, you may want to consider checking out the “Super Heroes Among Us” event taking place on September 12 at none other than Gotham Hall. Marvel comic book heroes Captain America and The Hulk will join host Carson Kressley in celebrating the four-legged finalists from the 2012 American Humane Association Hero Dog Awards. Although they may be capeless, these canines (ranging from search and rescue to service dogs) have proven themselves to be heroic companions in otherwise difficult situations. Several of the organization’s supporters will also be honored during the 4 hour event.

The cost to attend the dinner and award presentation is $400.00 per person ($750.00 for a couple), with proceeds from each ticket benefiting the American Humane Association.

 

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