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Black Friday. Cyber Monday. Giving Tuesday.

You don’t have to be a world leader or a billionaire to give back! #GivingTuesday is about ordinary people coming together doing extraordinary things.

Anyone, anywhere can get involved in #GivingTuesday! Now in its fourth year, #GivingTuesday is a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration. Observed on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving (in the U.S.) and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday kicks off the charitable season, when many focus on their holiday and end-of-year giving.

What is #GivingTuesday?

Created by 92nd Street Y—a cultural center in New York City that, since 1874, has been bringing people together around the values of service and giving back—#GivingTuesday connects diverse groups of individuals, communities and organizations around the world for one common purpose: to celebrate and encourage giving. A team of influencers and founding partners joined forces—collaborating across sectors, offering expertise and working tirelessly—to launch #GivingTuesday and have continued to shape, grow and strengthen the movement.

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#GivingTuesday harnesses the potential of social media and the generosity of people around the world to bring about real change in their communities; it provides a platform for them to encourage the donation of time, resources and talents to address local challenges. It also brings together the collective power of a unique blend of partners— nonprofits, civic organizations, businesses and corporations, as well as families and individuals—to encourage and amplify small acts of kindness.

As a global movement, #GivingTuesday unites countries around the world by sharing our capacity to care for and empower one another.

Living Free #GivingTuesday

unselfie-sign-for-printPlease join us on social media this Tuesday! Tag  @livingfreerescu on Twitter or @livingfreeanimals on Instagram with your #GivingTuesday #unselfie – your selfless selfie of you, your rescue, your inspiration or your gift – we’d love to hear from you! You can also share through our Facebook page! See our website for all the ways you can contribute, from donations, to volunteering, or keeping Living Free in mind when you shop through organizations that support our efforts! We hope you have fun with this movement, and Thank You all for your generosity in furthering Living Free’s mission, saving humanity one animal at a time.

 

 

A Black Friday to be Truly Grateful For!

From Black Friday to Cyber Monday, Zappos.com, the online footwear retailer, will cover the cost of adopting a dog or cat from over 150 no-kill shelters across the nation, including Living Free Animal Sanctuary, as part of a campaign the company has dubbed “Home for the Pawlidayz.”

Zappos is further donating to organizations to support the costs of rescue operations and shelters. The company’s total donation and adoption fees will max out at $1.1 million.

“Thousands of dogs and cats are in need of a loving home and we’re excited to give customers the ability to make a difference,” Steven Bautista, head of karma at Zappos.comsaid in a statement posted to the site

The process is simple. Come find your new cat or dog at Living Free Animal Sanctuary (or a Best Friend’s partner near you) between Nov. 27-30 and complete your application. You’ll save two lives, the one you take home, and the one you make room for – in time for the Pawlidayz! 

Love is Ageless, Adopt a Senior!

National Adopt A Senior Pet Month sheds light on the on the positive qualities of adopting a more mature animal. Adopting a senior shelter pet is one of the most satisfying things you can do to save a life, giving them a second chance!

Many will find adopting an older pet can be a much smoother transition than getting a puppy or kitten. The beauty of adopting an older dog is ‘what you see is what you get’. There are fewer surprises as the dog gets older, and they are often ‘ready-made’ – leash trained, house trained, requiring little more than a warm bed, a little exercise, a good meal, and all the love and companionship you have to share. And don’t believe the rumors – you most definitely CAN teach an old dog a new trick! Many are eager to learn and already ‘speak the language’.

Experts also agree pet ownership has measurable positive effects on your health, from lowered blood pressure to improved well-being. A great match is senior citizens and senior pets, a partnership which can lift depression and increase socialization.

A misconception is that a senior pet is ‘old’ with health issues. The reality is shelters may have pets as young as 5 years old in the senior category. For some, it simply means they are in their adult stage of life, rather than their puppy phase, with a full long life ahead of them. There’s a lot of bonus points for having a pet that is beyond the challenging puppy stage! The overall expected lifespan of the animal and health is more relative to their status than actual age.

Some think shelters are full of strays or animals with behavior issues. Sadly, we see loving mature pets dropped at shelters as a result of lifestyle and circumstances of the owners – moving, retiring and traveling, lack of funds to care for them, illness or family issues, or addition of children to the home without ability to manage both.

Lately, social media has seen a rise in stories from altruistic animal lovers adopting older seniors and taking them on their self-made bucket list, giving them the life they never had in their final years. Advertising and marketing have also highlighted the rewards of older pets, pulling on heartstrings to sell cars (see Subaru’s ad here – Make the Most of Every Mile), creating  a win-win putting these deserving guys in people’s hearts and minds. Tracy Stewart, wife of Jon Stewart, has released a book called Do Unto Animals, with a passage on the pros of senior pets. All positive attention for shifting us from a culture of pets being disposable, with less numbers ending up in shelters. There is something incredibly powerful about providing sanctuary, love, care, snuggles, and ultimately peace to a senior pet in his or her final years.

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Click the link below to explore our deserving loyal companions. Then come see them for yourself, and take home a lifetime of love! You’ll also have post-adoption support from our amazing team at Living Free to make sure you have resources for a happy transition.

Living Free Animals: Dogs, and Cats. Adoption Forms: Canine, and Feline.

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