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.


13 thoughts on “Newsworthy: America’s Pet Debate Benefits Pet Partners’ Veteran Programs – #BTC4A

  1. Stella
    October 21, 2012 at 1:58 pm

    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?


    1. October 23, 2012 at 9:27 am

      I keep seeing the same thing too, Stella. It isn’t just you.

  2. October 18, 2012 at 6:20 am

    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!

    1. October 18, 2012 at 7:55 am

      Oooh. I’ll have to go take a look.

  3. October 17, 2012 at 3:13 pm

    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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  4. October 16, 2012 at 5:53 pm

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

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  5. KB
    October 15, 2012 at 9:02 pm

    We’re going to vote right now!
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  6. October 15, 2012 at 5:59 pm

    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!
    Kristine recently posted..Blog the Change: Reasons Not to Adopt a CatMy Profile

  7. October 15, 2012 at 2:54 pm



    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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  8. Cybele
    October 15, 2012 at 12:27 pm

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

  9. October 15, 2012 at 12:15 pm

    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 :-).
    Debbie recently posted..Be the Change For AnimalsMy Profile

    1. October 15, 2012 at 12:18 pm

      “P.S.” LOVE your Border Collie! They’re such great companions, but oh-so smart!
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  10. October 15, 2012 at 12:03 pm

    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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