Next week, ModCloth will be unveiling a fun new contest (hint hint: it incorporates the autumn-friendly activity of pumpkin carving!). We can’t give way all the details now, but we can say that the contest will include a donation to an animal charity and we want you to help us decide which charity the proceeds will go to! We’ve picked a local charity, a national charity, and Winston insisted we also include a pug charity. The three choices are the Washington Area Humane Society, the ASPCA, and the DFW Pug Rescue Club. Please read about the three organizations below and cast your vote using the poll to your left.
Obviously all three organizations are very deserving, but we can only choose one for this contest. However if any of these organizations find a special place in your heart, please consider independently donating supplies or money, or consider volunteering at your own local humane society or animal rescue organization! Your time is valuable too, and most of these organizations are always looking for a good volunteer.
Here’s some more information about the three charities:
The Washington Area Humane Society is a no-kill shelter, located in Washington County, just outside of Pittsburgh. They are funded solely by private contributions, take in more than 4,000 animals annually, and investigate 700 cases of abuse. Dedicated employees care for the dogs, cats, and rabbits 7 days a week, and they can only afford to pay them a little more than minimum wage. They receive no funding from the county and only a few of the municipalities contribute. Many people bring food, cat litter, and supplies, but they need monetary donations to meet monthly expenses.
The ASPCA is a privately funded 501 (c)(3) not-for-profit and they were the first humane society to be established in North America. Today, it’s one of the largest in the world. The ASPCA is headquartered in New York City, but has programs that extend across the country. Incorporated in 1866, they were the first humane organization that was granted the legal ability to investigate and make arrests for crimes against animals. Their mission is”to provide effective means for the prevention of cruelty to animals throughout the United States,” providing leadership in three key areas: resources for pet parents, positive outcomes for at-risk animals, and serving victims of animal cruelty.
DFW Pug Rescue Club Inc. is a non-stock non-profit organization for the rescue, care, and placement of unwanted, mistreated, or homeless pugs in Texas. It’s the largest pug rescue organization in the United States. They have rescued and placed over 3,800 pugs and rescue approximately 10 pugs a week. Since they rescue ALL pugs, regardless of age or medical condition, they average approximately $100,00 a year in veterinary expenses. 100% of all donations are used to pay for veterinary care. DFWPRC is an all-volunteer oranization and they do not have a staging area to hold their pugs, so they depend on the generosity of their volunteers to provide foster homes for the pugs until they find permanent homes.