Thursday, October 21, 2010

A Wonderful Reader Story About One Woman's Awesome Mission To Help Her Sweet Doggy!

Bubba is a 4year old bulldog who needs cruciate ligament surgery. Bubba's owner is a university student putting herself through school. Trying to make it on her own. Bubba is her family. The surgery costs $4,000.
We're trying to help Bubba get the surgery he needs so he can have a good life with his family.  We're raffling 7 cakes and a basket of baked goods made by some of the best bakers in the Twitterverse to raise money for Bubba. You can make a donation just off to the right. Every donation of $5 or more puts your name in the raffle.
A little while ago, Bubba's owner put an ad in craigslist asking for help. She wrote that she knew it sounded like a scam, but she was willing to provide the name of the vet so people could follow up if they weren't sure.
And all she wanted was for Bubba to have his surgery and not have to be put down. So Mari (@marimoreshead on Twitter) sends me the ad about Bubba and asks "what do you think?". And follows up with an email to Bubba's owner. Mari confirms everything with the vet. Finds out that $1,300 has been raised so far. Bubba is seeing the vet on the 25th of October and then a surgery date will be set. Bubba's owner is doing whatever she can. She's been fundraising, asking friends, family, strangers for help. And so Mari and I thought... if Bubba's owner is willing to put it out there to ask for help, why not use that awesome Twitter magic to help Bubba? As simple as it seems, I think Mari found this ad and showed it to me so that we could help Bubba. Thats the feeling I get. And the only way I know how to do this is to ask all those awesome people I know to help us reach the goal of $4,000 to pay for Bubba's surgery.
Mari has collected some delicious cakes from some equally delicious bakers and we're offering them up for raffle! Make a donation and you'll have a chance to win a cake!  Unfortunately, we can't deliver outside of Toronto, but if you're not in Toronto and you win, you can donate your cake to someone who does live in the city.  And if you can't give anything, then if you can help spread the word and send some good thoughts Bubba's way, that would be equally incredible. We've got a facebook page to keep you updated on Bubba and his progress.  You can find that here, and from the menu at the top.
We've kept the name of the vet and Bubba's owner confidential to protect their privacy. If you have any questions, please contact us.

A Tremendous New Resource In The City For Locating Lost Pets

If you have ever lost your pet, you know the instant panic. It can happen to anyone. Even well trained dogs can be spooked and run in fear. Be sure to have a tag with your contact information on your pet’s collar as well as have your pet micro-chipped. These are the two best actions you can take to ensure you find your pet.

But a chip can malfunction and a tag can be lost and for pets that have neither then what. It’s a fact that 1 in every 5 pets will be lost at some time in their life. 

There is currently no central place to post a lost or found pet.  Frantic owners post on countless websites, send emails and spent hours putting up posters. There’s no easy way to contact people willing to help in the area where the pet was lost.

My solution to the problem is to merge technology and dedicated pet lovers. The first release of Helping Lost Pets or HeLP has been launched. HeLP is a central online database where lost or found pets can be posted. It features a map so you can visually see where the pet was lost or found. The database can be searched by breed, colour and other parameters.

The second part of the solution is the people. There are thousands of shelters, rescues, veterinarians, trainers, dog walkers, day cares, pet stores and pet lovers that already help when a pet is lost. A central database means the efforts provided by these willing volunteers will be more effective. People can set their user profile to alert them when a pet is lost in their area. Or they may choose to receive an alert about a specific breed of pet. Users can look on the map and immediately locate the nearest pet business to them also.

HeLP also allows you to enter your pets profile into the database at any time along with a picture and set the status of your pet to Safe.  If your pet is ever lost, you can change the status to Lost and within minutes posters and alerts will be on their way to other HeLP members in that area.

The key to making HeLP a success is to build the membership base.  It’s easy to use, it’s powerful and it’s also free. And with features like organizing a search party, and a mobile app for your phone, HeLP is available to help you if you ever loose your pet. 

About Rob Goddard
Rob is a software developer and also President of Helping Homeless Pets. 

**Editor's note : I have joined this site and it truly is magnificent. It is a wonderful centralized resource that will prove to be invaluable in helping those who have lost their beloved pet. I am a friend of Rob's, and I can not say enough great things about him & all the great work that he does towards helping needy pets through the GTA and beyond through his position as President of Helping Homeless Pets. Cheers Rob!