Be the Change: Pet Food Employees Renovate Cincinnati Shelter



I was at BlogPaws last week, and although the conference is still in its nascent stages (you’d never guess by how well it was organized), it already has established a tradition of making the world a better place for animals — whether in small steps or larger, well-funded ones. The grassroots “Be the Change for Pets” movement is gaining momentum through Paws Parties on Twitter and word of mouth social networking, and it’s amazing to see what a bunch of passionate pet-lovin’ bloggers can do.

For example, in the wake of BlogPaws West, a Be the Change challenge was issued in conjunction with PetFinder’s Adopt a Less-Adoptable Pet Week.

Senior pets, pets with medical problems, victims of breed prejudice, shy pets, special needs pets… they all deserve forever homes. These pets that deserve a second glance, a second chance.

During the week of Sept. 19-25, Petfinder is challenging pet bloggers to join forces for Adopt a Less-Adoptable Pet Week and highlight those pets who are usually overlooked in shelters and rescues. Check out their Facebook Page for details on how you can pawticipate.

Yesterday, a group of passionate pet lovers swarmed the SPCA Cincinnatis Northside shelter for their 3rd annual “Paws for a Cause” day. With funding from Iams/Eukanuba and the elbow-grease provided by Iams/Eukanuba employees, the building got a floor-to-rafters makeover. Employees rolled up their sleeves to paint, plant, and repair the 1960’s-era shelter.

The makeover of the 1964 facility will not only improve life for animals at the shelter, it will also enhance the adoption experience for people who come to give the animals their forever homes.

This makeover supports Iams dedication to animal welfare as well as supports SPCAs mission of turning no animal away, says Jason Taylor, Manager External Relations P&G Pet Care.

Iams is a great partner and supporter of SPCA, says SPCA President and CEO Harold Dates. This will help make the shelter more inviting and comfortable for the animals and bring in more adopters.

The makeover involved cleaning and repainting the kennels, remodeling the laundry area, improving the holding area, and adding landscaping that included a “get acquainted” area and gazebo.

When Bev van Zant was asked why this was important to do, she said, “For just a moment, let me be a little corporate: Our mission (Iams/Eukanuba) is to enhance the well being of more dogs and cats. Doing this shelter makeover gives us an opportunity to really get in touch with that mission. And it gets us excited about Iams Home 4 the Holidayswhich starts on October 1!”

Read all about the shelter renovation here.

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