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New BBS Charity Photo Contest: From Sea to Shining Sea!

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As many Americans travel this summer, we have the chance to explore and become familiar with other parts of our state, region, or country.

Our newest contest for dog charities, From Sea to Shining Sea, is a contest created to spotlight adoptable dogs in the 5 regions across the United States.

 

Northeast: Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont

Southeast: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia

Midwest: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Missouri, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, Wisconsin

Southwest: Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Colorado, Utah, and Nevada

West: Alaska, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington, Wyoming

 

Prizes include 3 Best Bully Sticks Donations totaling $1,500 Nationwide!

 

How can your Animal Rescue win for your region?

1. Upload a photo of an adoptable dog in the care of your organization from July 8th through July 20th. Dogs who have already been adopted will not be accepted, as the purpose of the contest is to spotlight dogs in need ofa home.

2. Add a description about this dog and what was happening in the photo.

3. Starting Monday, July 21st at 12:00pm ET, share the shortlink (in http://bit.ly form) on your finalized entry with friends, family, fans, or followers and ask them to vote DAILY!

4. Voters will determine one winner from each region!

If you or someone you know is involved with a dog charity, enter for your chance to win!

Bone Appetit!  Best Bully Sticks supports animal rescue efforts nationwide to find forever homes for the dogs who need them!

Follow us on FacebookInstagramTwitter, Pinterest, and Google+ to stay in the know on our other contests and partnerships with rescue organizations!

 

FETCH a Cure during Pet Cancer Awareness Month and every month

Pet Cancer Awareness Month is celebrated every May, when vets, scientists, pet owners and more shed light even more on the tragic number of cancer-related deaths that happen to our pets each year in the US and worldwide. The statistics on cancer in dogs are startling– an estimated 6 million dogs are diagnosed with cancer each year in the United States.

Best Bully Sticks reached out to a wonderful non-profit in Richmond, VA, FETCH a Cure, to find out how this local organization is helping the fight against canine cancer.  We spoke with Rosemary Seltzer, Companions in Crisis Coordinator at FETCH a Cure, to learn more about their programs and hear an AMAZING success story or two.

BBS: How did FETCH a Cure come about and how do you help pet owners whose dogs have been diagnosed with cancer?

Rosemary: “FETCH a Cure is a from-the-heart grass-roots organization founded and run by pet owners who faced cancer and aging issues in their own pets. Our mission is to ‘improve quality of life by connecting people and pets through accessible, compassionate treatment and education.’ FETCH a Cure’s Companions in Crisis (CiC) program offers financial assistance to pet owners who cannot afford cancer care and treatments for their beloved pets. In order to be considered for approval, all applicants must be Virginia residents and the pet must have a confirmed diagnosis of cancer.  If approved by the medical advisory board, FETCH a Cure will generally pay somewhere between twenty and forty percent of the total treatment cost. The pet owner is expected to pay the remainder.  FETCH a Cure requires that all CiC recipients volunteer for FETCH a Cure for 10 hours a month for one year from the time that funds are awarded.

BBS: Can you tell us one of your recent Companions in Crisis (CiC) success stories?

Rosemary: “Yes, a recent Companions in Crisis recipient is a four-year old mixed breed named Kudjoe. He weighs a whopping 125 pounds and is thought to be part Lab, part Chow and part Great Dane.  His owner, Jennifer, said that despite his huge size, Kudjoe is really a gentle giant and somehow manages to capture the heart of everyone around him, even people that don’t claim to be dog lovers, like her dad. Kudjoe is always by her side and senses when she is sad or is not feeling well.

At Christmas, Jennifer and her family noticed that Kudjoe’s appetite was off.  He seemed to be drinking excessively and did not want to play.  Jennifer took him to the vet to make sure everything was okay, but unfortunately, it was not.  He was diagnosed with T-cell lymphoma and cancer was found in his spleen.  He had his spleen removed and developed a kidney infection a week later.  He had his first treatment of chemotherapy in January.

The estimate for Kudjoe’s treatment was very expensive. Fortunately, FETCH a Cure was able to assist Jennifer and Kudjoe and paid half of the total treatment cost.  Jennifer just wrote to tell me that Kudjoe is doing fabulous and is currently in remission.  ‘Kudjoe and I are doing WONDERFULLY!  He is a chemo champion!  All of his lab results show that he is healthy as can be! He has three more chemo treatments and then will just be in for monthly check-ups.  He is 100% back to his normal self and we both couldn’t be happier!  I am so thankful to FETCH a Cure for giving me this time with my angel. I am hoping and praying for much more time to come as he is in remission!  Fetch saved his life! Thank you doesn’t even begin to cut it!’”

Best Bully Sticks thanks Rosemary and the other staff at FETCH a Cure for sharing their story! To learn more about FETCH a Cure, see their website at www.fetchacure.org and Fetch a Cure Facebook page.

Through scientific studies and organizations like FETCH a Cure, we hope to combat pet cancer mortality rates in coming years!

BBS Rescue Spotlight: National Mill Dog Rescue

National Mill Dog Rescue recently received a donation from BestBullySticks.com. We always love learning more about the rescues we donate to and sharing their stories with our customers and fans. We are grateful for National Mill Dog Rescue’s experience and the care and love they pour out on dogs. Keep reading for more about National Mill Dog Rescue, their beginnings, their inspiration and their successes.

When & Why did you start?

NMDR

National Mill Dog Rescue was established in February 2007, in honor of a forgiving little Italian Greyhound named Lily. Theresa Strader, NMDR’s Founder and Executive Director, rescued Lily from a dog auction in Missouri. Prior to that day, Lily had spent the first seven years of her life as a commercial breeding dog, a puppy mill mom. Determined that her years of living in misery would not be in vain, Strader started NMDR, giving a voice to mill dogs across the country.

During her years as a breeding dog, Lily spent all of her days confined to a small, cold wire cage in a dark, foul-smelling barn. Never was she removed from her cage for exercise or socialization. In her dreary confines, Lily was forced to produce one litter after another with no respite. Like all commercial breeding dogs, she was a veritable breeding machine whose worth was measured in only one way – her ability to produce puppies.

By seven years of age, Lily was worn out. Commonplace in the industry, she had received little to no veterinary care throughout her life, the result of which, for her, was terribly disturbing. Due to years of no dental care, poor quality food, rabbit bottle watering and no appropriate chew toys, the roof of Lily’s mouth and lower jaw, had rotted away. Her chest was riddled with mammary tumors and she was absolutely terrified of people.

Strader brought Lily and twelve others home from the auction and declares that even for a highly seasoned rescuer, the following months were the education of a lifetime in rehabilitation. That she would take up the cause for the mill dogs was never in question and National Mill Dog Rescue was promptly underway. IIn six years, NMDR has rescued more than 8,700 puppy mill survivors.

Run almost solely by volunteers, NMDR has pledged to put an end to the cruelty of the puppy mill industry. Through widespread informative efforts, NMDR hopes to educate the public to acquire their companion animals through reputable breeders or better yet, from shelters and rescue groups across the country. read more…

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