Newsworthy: America’s Pet Debate Benefits Pet Partners’ Veteran Programs – #BTC4A
We’re making up our own rules for today’s Be the Change for Animals #BTC4A. Think of it as Being the Change for pets and our military veterans. Lilly and I encourage you to vote in America’s Pet Debate from Purina. For each vote in the Team Dog or Team Cat contest, Purina will donate $1 to Pet Partners’ Veteran Programs (up to $100,000). You can vote once a day.
Of course, we’re Team Dog all the way!
So, we’re bummed to tell you that Team Cat is winning. C’mon, dog friends. VOTE!
In addition to the main site, you can find the debate folks on Twitter @Petdebate and on Facebook – America’s Pet Debate.
Perhaps you haven’t heard, but the Veterans Administration has decided that it will NOT cover the cost of service dogs for veterans with PTSD and traumatic brain injuries until a study on the scientific benefits can be completed. There are some legitimate concerns about standards for service dog training, but to cut off funding strikes me as an over-reaction. I’m sure it’s complicated. Still, it’s sad for veterans who would benefit from a service dog.
In the meantime, maybe visits from animal-assisted therapy teams can help veterans in their recovery.
Social media types will want to use these hashtags and such on Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest:
And, they have some America’s Pet Debate graphics / profile banners you can download and use, if you’d like.