As an animal lover, I spend what is probably way too much time looking at websites that feature animals. Yes, I watch YouTube videos of Maru, the box-loving cat who lives in Japan. And, yes, I have seen singing group Ok Go's great video for their song "White Knuckles" that features some very talented local rescue dogs (and one goat. :^) So search for those at YouTube just because they're so much fun. But then, if you haven't already done so, check out some of these websites that are *serious* about helping out animals:
The brainchild of a Bend Oregon pre-teen named Mimi Ausland, Freekibble.com was launched in 2008 by the then 11 year-old Mimi, who wanted to feed the hungry dogs and cats at her local shelter. With this goal in mind, Freekibble was created and now hungry shelter animals are being fed across the United States. Simply by visiting the site and answering a trivia question (either correctly or incorrectly :^), visitors can donate Halo kibble to shelters. A loyal Freekibble community of about 500,000 has helped feed over 12 million meals (roughly two billion pieces of kibble) to homeless dogs and cats in shelters, rescues and food-banks across the country.
Another Oregon group features customized decals of pets, giving 100% of the proceeds to Indigo Rescue in Beaverton Oregon. For $10 and with a jpg picture of your pet, they will make a vinyl decal you can place in your car window (perhaps to deter car thieves if your dog is a big one.)
If you have a favorite animal website that features a group or individual helping out our four-legged loved ones, send me a comment and the web address and I'll feature it in my next entry.