USPS Shelter Animal Stamps

The U.S. Postal Service is releasing a new series of First Class stamps today—Animal Rescue: Adopt A Shelter Pet—to raise awareness of pet adoption and the needs of shelter animals.  They’re pretty damn cute too! You can read each animal’s story when you mouse over their image.

In conjunction with the stamps, the pet food company Halo is donating 1 million meals to animal shelters when you sign up for their newsletter, follow them on Twitter, etc.  Ellen DeGeneres, co-owner, of Halo, is also part of the campaign.

You can order the stamps online, so it’s super easy. (This is how I always buy stamps anyway.  It’s quick, there’s no waiting in lines, and they don’t run out like the post office can.)

Stanley, From “Just One Dog” Adopted!

Remember this powerful video of a sickly & dejected dog in a California shelter?

The video of Stanley inspired so many people to act.  Working together they rescued him and eventually brought him to a foster family in British Columbia.  He had surgery to fix his eyes, has been putting on weight, and is recovering from mange.  And the best thing of all—Stanley won’t have to move again because he’s being adopted by his foster family! What a lucky boy.

Sadly, the first part of Stanley’s story is all too common.  Shelters are filled with dogs & cats who need just one person to step up and change their life.  I’m sure you’ve heard it a million times, but please consider adopting before you ever buy a cat or dog.  Pure bred or mixed breed, juvenile or adult, spotted striped or solid, short hair or long, big or small, any possible color or temperament—whatever you’re looking for is out there, but most of them don’t have a lot of time.  And don’t forget there are rescue groups for all sorts of animals: reptiles, ferrets, pocket pet, exotics, horses, goats.  Please adopt!

Stanley today & his new brother Taylor