Pets have a tendency to rescue their owners whether they are young or old, special needs or simply just abandoned, pets just have a special way about them! Purina ONE and GOOD realize this and that is why they are hosting the "Picturing Pets" Challenge (http://picturingpets.maker.good.is/).
They received a ton of entries during the first round of submissions and from those entries they chose 15 finalists that have been up for a community vote until tomorrow, September 17th at 12:00 p.m. Pacific Time. There is still time to cast your vote.
The furry finalists that inspired others with their shelter pet stories are the ones that made it to the finals. At stakes are bragging rights, the opportunity to donate to two animals shelters and a year-long supply of Purina ONE food for your pet. GOOD and Purina launched the Challenge in order to change the perception of shelter pets and to display how every pet, no matter their background, is able to change people’s lives.
Let’s take a look at just the first few, shall we?
1. Caspy just happens to be a social therapy dog with Lend A Paw that has gone from being rescued to being a rescuer. Now he works with children at ECF Kayne-Eras Center. He was even able to get one non-verbal child with autism to speak to him! Just think, if New Leash on Life had not rescued him from the high-kill shelter and the Eckstein family had not adopted him, his gifts would have been lost!
2. Bauer is only 17 months old, but, as they say, ‘he has an old soul.’ He is a therapy dog for nursing homes. He also assists in other capacities where he simply allows a person’s troubles to dissipate in his fur. He even helps bring out the best in his owner, Gabi Vannini.
3. Sonoma, a yellow Lab captures the hearts of everyone that she met. After 14 plus years, this wonderful canine passed over the Rainbow Bridge but not before she touched the lives of veterans in the VA Hospital where she and her owner Bernadette Castillo Stewart volunteered. She changed the lives of everyone that she touched – even after her death.
4. Ralph, part-Beagle, part-Pit, part-wild thing, developed Ralph’s Rules for life after being rescued by Ashley St. Thomas from a shelter near Washington, DC. Now Ralph and Ashley live together in unison following the rules of the canine.
5. Bella has saved her human, Matt DePhillips, after he returned from serving in Afghanistan. Now Bella helps with Matt’s PTSD and is his right-hand pup, never leaving his side. They have an unbreakable bond.
This is just five of the 15 entries. You'll likely want to vote for each one so go to http://picturingpets.maker.good.is/projects.picturingpets. Hurry though, you only have until tomorrow!