For more than a decade, Pawsitive Alliance has championed pets who are in need of forever homes – and their upcoming Pawsitive Futures event on March 19 promises to be their best night yet. Pawsitive Alliance, which was created in 2005, is a volunteer-driven organization that’s working statewide to end the euthanasia of cats and dogs by increasing shelter adoptions, supporting spay and neuter programs, and providing resources to improve pet retention.
Pawsitive Alliance currently works with 107 animal adoption agencies statewide, striving to help end pet homelessness in Washington. “Our unique vision that started our organization remains our focus today: to find homes for already homeless pets and prevent more cats and dogs from becoming homeless,” explained Board President Yolanda Morris.
Creating Pawsitive Futures
Pawsitive Alliance’s programs are community-supported, and each spring, the organization holds its largest fundraiser, Pawsitive Futures, to celebrate those who have found their forever home, to thank the community for their support, and to raise critical funds to recharge their programs that give hope to pets and families who need assistance. This year’s Pawsitive Futures benefit will be on Saturday, March 19, from 5:00 to 9:00 pm, at Swedish Club in Seattle at 1920 Dexter Ave. N.
Be a part of this special event that creates positive futures for cats and dogs in need across Washington – get your tickets here! Attendees will enjoy dinner and beverages, epic raffles, games, and awesome silent and live auction items. Everyone can participate in the rush and excitement of the Dessert Dash and the opportunity to “Raise Your Paw” to support the animals!
Grab your tickets today – past years have sold out! Tickets on sale now! Tickets are $75, which includes your food and beverages for the evening, exciting auction bidding, and a fun night out to save lives!
The #WhyNotMePets Campaign
When Yolanda saw the overwhelming number of homeless pets across Washington State, she knew that something had to be done. “We asked the question, ‘How can we make a difference in the sheer number of pets who are becoming homeless?'” Yolanda said.
Pawsitive Alliance teamed up with the Dugan Foundation – and the #WhyNotMePets campaign was born out of this dream team of collaboration. The Why Not Me Pets campaign highlights animals who have been overlooked for adoption, time and again, but who so badly want to love and be loved by their own families – animals just like Leroy the dog, who has been homeless since 2009 (yes, that’s not a typo!) and Chloe the cat, who has been waiting to find a family since June 2014.
“They need our help to find their perfect ending,” Yolanda said. “It takes the power of the community to end pet homelessness, one pet at a time, and Pawsitive Alliance believes they all deserve their chance at love and happiness.”
Pet Connection Magazine, a local animal publication, is working with the Why Not Me Pets campaign to help these animals find a home – and be able to say, “It was finally me!” Visit Pet Connection’s Facebook page for updates.
Ending Pet Overpopulation
Through their adoption events, Pawsitive Alliance has helped 5,730 once-homeless pets find loving homes – but there’s still so much work to be done. As of Jan. 31, 2016, there were 2,577 homeless cats and dogs within 100 miles of Seattle listed for adoption on www.petfinder.com. “These wonderful pets are waiting right now for someone to notice them, to give them the chance they deserve at a healthy and happy home, and that’s what we and our partners are working hard to do,” Yolanda said.
While adoption is vital, it’s not the only element needed to solve the pet overpopulation crisis. “Pawsitive Alliance works with many partners to get at the source of pet overpopulation: unplanned and unwanted litters. Our Spay Neuter Increase Program (SNIP SNIP) targets types of animals and geographic areas of the state with historically high overpopulation rates,” Yolanda said. “Through SNIP SNIP, we provide spay and neuter services for the pets of low-income families; many people want to spay or neuter their pet but can’t afford to do so.”
To read more about Pawsitive Alliance, Pawsitive Futures, and the Why Not Me Pets campaign, check out the March/April edition of Pet Connection Magazine, available in print (for free!) starting this week at these locations. The magazine can also be read online here – this article will be updated once the March/April issue is available online.