Written by PETA
Get Your Fix, the brand-new initiative of the FiXiT Foundation—a nonprofit dedicated to finding innovative ways to end companion-animal overpopulation—is kind of like the charity version of Let's Make a Deal. It's a networking site that connects people who want to spay or neuter their animals, but are having financial hardship, with donors who want to help. (No crazy hats required.) And what's hiding behind door number three? The FiXiT Foundation hopes to find the grand prize—an end to the overpopulation crisis. We chatted with Stephanie Downs, the president of the FiXiT Foundation's Board of Directors, about her group's work.
What is your spay/neuter goal?FiXiT's mission overall is to identify how to reach the final 25 percent of the population not fixing their pets, even though low-cost options are available. So, whether it is educating this segment of the population about low-cost options or providing a way to get it for free, we want to break down the barriers.
What was the inspiration behind Get Your Fix?The inspiration came from e-mails we started receiving as soon as we put up the FiXiT website from people asking if we could help them spay/neuter their pets. I started thinking that with social networking being so common, maybe we could get people in need connected with people who want to have a direct impact on animal overpopulation.
What has the response been like?We launched just seven weeks ago and already have 400 people registered. People are communicating amongst themselves—it's very exciting to see it working!
Find out more about the Get Your Fix project at GetYourFix.org. And if you'd like to support PETA's efforts to combat animal overpopulation, visit our SNIP webpage.
Written by Michelle Sherrow
It's a good thing that my hubby, Tim, has such a huge heart, or I would probably be in a pickle right now. You see, this year, he shares his birthday with Spay Day, which is this Tuesday, February 23. Lucky for you, that means a starry slideshow of PETA's brightest and boldest spay-and-neuter ads (versus mushy photos of Tim and me on vacation in Boulder).
Feeling inspired? Great! Tell us how you'll help animals on Spay Day.
Written by Karin Bennett
E-mail, text, and BBM all you want, but sometimes there's nothing quite as powerful as an old-school letter. Our proof: This 8-year-old's plea to Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper to do something that makes a difference for animals (like ending the seal slaughter!) is enough to restore anyone's faith in snail mail. Click on the letter to read the whole thing:
Inspired to write your own missive to Harper? Do it write away!
Written by Logan Scherer
During the photo shoot for her "Save the Seals" ad, vegetarian U.S. Olympic snowboarder and charity superstar Hannah Teter said, "[W]hen I saw that PETA was involved in saving the seals, I just was like, 'YEAH!'"
Well, Hannah, you had us shouting, "YEAH!" yesterday when you took home the silver medal for women's half-pipe. With two Olympic medals under your belt, we can't think of a better person to represent our country, animals, and compassion!
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