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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!

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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.

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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:

  • #PetDebate
  • #VoteDog
  • #VoteCat

And, they have some America’s Pet Debate graphics / profile banners you can download and use, if you’d like.


Roxanne Hawn

Trained as a traditional journalist and based in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado, USA, I'm a full-time freelance writer for magazines, websites, and private clients. My areas of specialty include everything in the lifestyles arena, including health and home, personal finance and other consumer interests, relationships and trends, people and business profiles ... and, of course, all things pet related. I don't just love dogs. I need them in my life. Seriously.

Stella - October 21, 2012

I have been voting for the last week, every day, and the numbers never seem to change It stays Cats-55% and dogs 45% which just CAN’T be true.

Is it my computer, are other peole getting different numbers?


Chocolate labradoodle - October 18, 2012

America’s Pet debate has reached an interesting stage and I’m definitely casting my vote! Let’s see who becomes America’s favorite pet!

Mary E Haight (@dancingdogblog) - October 17, 2012

Thanks for writing about this, Roxanne! That’s a good exchange $1 per click, and $100,000 will get several dogs in the hands of vets who need them. And how about that VA – they can spend $6 million on HR conferences, and cut programs for vets in the meantime…

Thanks for spreading this word on Be The Change day!
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Pup Fan - October 16, 2012

Fun debate, and for a really great cause. I can’t wait to see who wins!

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KB - October 15, 2012

We’re going to vote right now!
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Kristine - October 15, 2012

It’s a pretty tough call, though I am a little glad the cats are leading for once. They rarely do in real life. I am pleased to support such a great cause!
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Rykerz Boyz 'n' Allie - October 15, 2012



uh…now where were we again…?

Seriously, we think of you & Lily often and purr for her road to recovery….we’re so glad the recent trip held good news for you! Paws crossed for continued good news, too.
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Cybele - October 15, 2012

When asked if I’m a cat person or a dog person I say I’m Bi–Bipetual.

Debbie - October 15, 2012

Alas—no category for cats AND dogs together??? What’s a cat/dog person to do? What a dilemma!!! Come on Purena, you can do better than that :-).
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BtC4animals - October 15, 2012

What a great debate! I don’t know how to vote – having two each of cats and dogs. In the end, the result is all deliciously and bipartisanly good so I guess it simply doesn’t matter. I just won’t tell either species in my house who I voted for.

Thanks so much for Blogging the Change!

Kim Clune
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