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North Carolina Shelter Project Launches ‘12 Acts of Kindness Program’ 2013

North Carolina Shelter Project

The North Carolina Shelter Project launched its 12 Acts of Kindness program for 2013, a campaign designed to get much needed supplies to shelter animals in North Carolina. The project highlights the power of community assistance, celebrates staff caring for the state’s sheltered animals and promotes pet adoption.

With nearly 70 percent of households having at least one companion animal, it is clear that animals play important roles in our families and communities. The 12 Acts of Kindness program is a way to say thank you for the hard work and dedication of shelter staff and supplement the often limited resources available to animal shelters.

The N.C. Shelter Project is calling for individuals, groups or organizations to donate 12 acts of kindness to their local animal shelters. Examples include providing enrichment toys, bedding, treats or canned food for the animals. Delivering lunch and supplies for staff or volunteering to assist them during the busy holiday season are also great options.

Roberta Wall, founder of Susie’s Law said: “The 12 Acts of Kindness was incredibly successful last year, providing us with a clear indication that our communities want to be a part of the solution. When the community reaches out to help and support the staff and animals within the animal shelters, lives are saved.”

Kim Alboum, North Carolina state director for The HSUS said: “The 12 Acts of Kindness program provides an opportunity for the community to get to know shelter staff and help remove the stigma associated with North Carolina’s animal shelters. Many animal shelters are in need of resources and together we can make a difference for homeless animals and the staff caring for them.”

Every animal shelter faces unique challenges. Many shelters strive to improve the lives of the animals in their care and increase community involvement. A recent shelter poll showed that 73 percent of animal shelters in North Carolina offer a volunteer program and 84 percent partner with animal rescues in an effort to get animals into safe forever homes. A large number, 73 percent, of the state’s shelters have active adoption programs that include promoting animals through social networking, offsite adoptions and working with the community to promote individual animals. Additionally, several animal shelters in North Carolina have eliminated gas chambers in 2013, and more have plans to do so in 2014. None of this is possible without community support.

Email photos of acts of kindness to shelters to Gr8dayncindy@gmail.com and Cathy@shelterpetallies.org.

The North Carolina Shelter Project is a collaboration between Susie’s Law, North Carolina Voters for Animal Welfare, The Humane Society of the United States, CritterKin and North Carolina animal advocates who are working to support local animal shelters.

Visit the North Carolina Shelter Project on Facebook.

Media Contact: Raul Arce-Contreras: 301-721-6440 rcontreras@humanesociety.org

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