We've all heard the acronym BOGO - Buy one, Get one. It pertains to companies that donate product to deserving folks or areas of the world, when someone buys their product. So, when you buy a pair of shoes at Tom's, he gives a pair to children in need.
Another company that does this, discovered via a Mashable link, is Baby Teresa. You buy an outfit for a baby, and they give one to a baby in need. The explanation online says, "Donations have so far gone to Egypt, Uganda, Tanzania, Kenya, Australia, Tasmania..." and more.
I find it especially exciting to discover a company that attended this year's BlogPaws conference in Nashville, and is participating in the buy one-give one principle.
DOG for DOG believes in giving back big time. On their site, they say,
Hey Dog Lover,
The number of dogs in shelters is growing daily to the point of over crowding and sadly, dogs are suffering from a lack of proper nutrition and care. It’s our mission at DOG for DOG to feed as many shelter dogs as possible!
Here’s how it works: You buy a bag of our food or treats, and we give another equal bag to a dog in need. We can’t do it alone! We are working crazy hours, no one has slept in weeks and we need your support, please help us!
No one can dispute the claim that "the number of dogs in shelters is growing daily" and that it is out of control. The Lucy Pet Foundation, also a brand that was at BlogPaws, puts it in perspective big time.
"In the U.S. alone, over four million dogs and cats are put down each year in shelters. That’s over 80,000 a week. A pregnant dog like Lucy and her pups would likely have been candidates for euthanasia if left on their own."
Those of us who treasure our dogs understand this perfectly. It's not only dogs, of course, it's cats too, and I'll share a fantastic way PetSmart Charities is supporting cats in a following post. But, for now, let's say all animals in shelters seem to languish there...even one day is more than they should have to spend not in a forever home!
Because of that, I love the way a company like Dog for Dog operates. I love that they see a problem and know they can help, even if they can't solve it!
From the AnipalTimes, a great publication ya'all should be subscribed to, I learned about the Dog for Dog campaign hashtagged #DOGforDOGpaws ... let me share what I read on Mattie Dog's post, "The #DOGforDOGpaws fun started on Wednesday, 27 May, when DOG for DOG challenged Instagram dog friends to post a pic of their paws, and in exchange DOG for DOG would donate a meal to a dog in need. “We thought this would be fun,” said Rocky, “but we never thought this would be called the next ‘ice bucket challenge’!” DOG for DOG started the #DOGforDOGpaws on 1 June, when The BarkPost posted about the campaign, and was shared over 55,000 times! And by the end of the first week, nearly 35K dog paws were posted, resulting in thousands of meals served to needy animals."
There is still time to join in, have some fun, and help out some deserving dogs. Surely you have family and friends who will help? I know, you've hit them up time and again, as I do...and you know some of them are sick to death of your crusades, but...don't give in. Don't give up.
Remind them of all the lives they can help, lives they can save, lives that can go on to possibly become service dogs or therapy dogs; dogs that can light up a needy child's eyes or provide the love and encouragement to a severely depressed senior; dogs that can teach and share and bring happiness to thousands of people - and who doesn't need a little happiness these days?
It's not about the donation... it's about the result. One box of treats, one bag of food...can make a difference in a multitude of lives. And, you can feel good about having helped make that happen.
How is that not worthwhile?
(thanks go to Mattie Dog and Anipal Times for showing this story online, where I saw it... ***images below borrowed from their site - link goes to Anipal Times homepage***)