Supporting Shelters Around Me: The Butler County Humane Society

If you've read the About Us section of this website, then you know that we're committed dog rescuers. Of the four dogs we've owned in the two-plus decades that we've been married, all four were rescue dogs. We believe strongly in the notion of Adopt, Don't Shop or adopting a pet instead of buying one. (That's rescue dogs Sadie and Oscar, pictured above.)

It's one of the reasons that we ask customers like you to nominate rescues and animal shelters in your area that we can partner with or which can become the beneficiaries of our store sales. We've heard from dozens of you about worthy causes. Thank you to all that have completed and submitted our "Nominate a Rescue or Shelter" form.

Why Support the Butler County Humane Society

We're thrilled to announce that the beneficiary of our October and November sales will be on of the animal shelters in my area--the Butler County Humane Society in Butler, Pennsylvania. This non-profit has a special place in our heart for a number of reasons.

First, it's located in the same Western Pennsylvania county where Pawsome Doggie just relocated. So it's truly local to us and allows us to support shelters around me.

Second, the reason we relocated is because our husband took a new job as president of Slippery Rock University (SRU), and SRU has a long-standing relationship with the Butler County Human Society.

For example, in 2016, an SRU student started a campaign called "Happy Howlidays," where she and approximately a dozen other SRU students ghostwrote holiday cards from 40 animals that were housed at the Butler County Humane Society. The cards, given to visitors at the BCHS, encouraged people to adopt the animals, and as an unexpected consequence, encouraged the students to return to the facility as volunteers. That effort turned into an ongoing service-learning program called Shelter Sidekicks.

Pawsome Doggie operates out of a non-SRU building in Slippery Rock Borough. It's walkable to the college campus.

Third, because the students at SRU already know that the president and his wife (me!) love our rescue dogs, they've dedicated one of the events commemorating the new president's inauguration to be all about the Butler County Humane Society. It is the Slippery Rock Student Government Association's "Paws for a Cause" event to benefit the Butler County Humane Society. "SGA is honored to be kicking off the inaugural celebration," said Dallas Kline, SGA president. "We chose to do 'Paws for a Cause,' for a couple of reasons. First, it represents a core value of SRU, public service, and second, it honors a cause close to the [the new president's] heart. Both their dogs, Oscar and Sadie, are rescue dogs."

How you can help, too!

This event will include the collection of donated items as well as a Presidential Pet Parade. SRU is inviting people to bring their 'pets with paws' to join the parade. Dressing your pet in green and white--SRU's colors--is encouraged, but optional. (We'll be sure to share pictures on our Pawsome Doggie Instagram after the event.)

The Butler County Humane Society is a small, non-profit organization with 15 to 20 full-time staff. The staff relies on donations from community members to cover operating costs. They've set up a donation wish list on their website to help well wishers focus on physical products they can donate. Items include feeding and caring products for dogs and cats as well as office supplies. At any time there are hundreds of humane society dogs for rescue, although that number can often fluctuate. Like many rescues and shelters, they can use all the help they can get. The Butler County Humane Society has been a no-kill animal shelter for homeless, adoptable cats and dogs since 1897.

So in addition to bringing some items on the wish list to the inauguration event mentioned above, Pawsome Doggie will be sharing five percent of its gross sales in October and November with the Butler County Human Society after that time period has expired.

Discount code for our customers

To encourage our customers to help join in the effort, we've created a discount code just for our shelter and rescue partnerships. Please use code FRIENDSFIVE at checkout to save 5% on any order.

That's a win-win. You save 5% on your shopping and we'll send five percent to the Butler County Humane Society after November sales have closed. It's a great way to support and help rescue dogs and homeless cats who are up for adoption.

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