Together, We Raised Over $1 Million Dollars for Companion Animals



The inaugural Michelson Saving Pets Challenge ended on October 30th, but we’re just now recovering from the excitement!
Together, the participating organizations raised over $899,658.  That means with Found Animals’ contribution of $115,000, we raised nearly $1,014,658 for pets.  It also marks the first ever, pet-focused Challenge in CrowdRise’s history.
In the final 24 hours, over $145,000 was raised by 39 charities vying for the grand prize.  Another $50,000 was raised during the final 10 minutes of the competition, making for an exciting end to the Challenge.   After all was said and done, Santa Fe Animal Shelter and Humane Society…

Pets for Patriots: Uniting Best Friends, One Hero at a Time



“There are no unwounded soldiers in war.  The end of your call of duty is just the beginning of your private battle.” – Charles Meshel, WWII Ball Turret Gunner 8th Air Force, 447th Bomb Group 708th Squadron, Phaneuf crew.
This sentiment, uttered by a WWII Veteran, underscores the important mission of our featured charity, Pets for Patriots. Pets for Patriots came to our attention during their participation in our Savings Pets Challenge, and after learning about their work, we couldn’t think of a better organization to highlight on this Veterans Day.
Pets for Patriots was born from an epiphany that…

10 Things You Can Do to Help Your Local Shelter or Rescue



November 3-9 is National Animal Shelter and Rescue Appreciation Week, when we give a collective “shout out” to all the dedicated shelter and rescue workers who care for the 6-8 million homeless animals who pass through their facilities each year.  This is a hard job, and for the most part, a thankless one.  The reward for most comes from the belief that they are making a difference in the lives of homeless animals.  They are constantly underfunded, short staffed and in need of money and supplies, so this week we are highlighting a few things we can all do to…

Saving Pets Challenge – Second Bonus Challenge Winner Announced


German Shepherd

This week German Shepherd Rescue of Orange County took home $4,000 in prize money for winning the second Weekly Bonus Challenge of the Michelson Found Animals Saving Pets Challenge. The objective this week was to get at least 5 donations to be eligible to win.
In an overwhelming response, over 70 charities qualified for this week’s bonus challenge, so amazing!  We want to thank all of the groups who have  worked so hard over the past 2 weeks to raise as much money as possible. The best part is that even if they didn’t win the Bonus Challenge, they get…

Saving Pets Challenge – First Bonus Challenge Winner Announced



The Saving Pets Challenge is in full swing as we announce the winner of the first Weekly Bonus Challenge, Angels n Paws Rescue, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping homeless, abandoned, abused and neglected animals in the San Bernardino area.
Angels n Paws Rescue recently opened a Rescue Ranch in Devore, CA that will provide a comfortable, healthy, stimulating, and loving environment for the animals whilst they await their perfect home, or transfer to one of their out of state rescue partners. The Rescue Ranch also provides training for all rescued dogs, to ensure they have the best chance to…

Microchip Monday: Microchip Resources for Shelters


Found Animals Registry resources

If you’re still confused about how pet microchips work, chances are you’re not alone.  Believe it or not, even many animal professionals are baffled by the maze of microchip brands, scanner frequencies, and registries our pets must navigate to make it home.  The Water Bowl has plenty of microchip blogs for pet owners, but where do these professional shelter, veterinary, and clinic employees go to find the help they need?  The Found Animals Registry team has something for them, too.
Our foundation provides several resources that your local shelters, vets, and clinics can use to master and promote microchipping.  You…

World Animal Day 2014


black and white puppy header

World Animal Day was established in 1931 by a group of ecologists in Florence Italy as a way to highlight the plight of endangered species.  Nearly 85 years later, World Animal Day is now celebrated in every country and has expanded to include all animals, large and small, wild and domesticated, and the impact they have on our lives.

The date of October 4th was chosen to coincide with The Feast of St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals.  Every country observes this holiday in their own unique way with festivities ranging from animal welfare-centric spelling bees for…

5 For the Love of a Pit Bull


2 pit bulls napping together

I have always loved dogs (and cats, and rabbits, and horses, and goats – but those are other blogs).  My mother had a purebred doberman when I was born and that dog and I were inseparable throughout my early years.  When she left us, as dogs always do too soon, there was a mischievous black Labrador.  He came to us as a puppy when I was in third grade and died after a long, full life while I was away at college.
So you could safely say that I grew up knowing what it is to love a dog, or…

National Walk Your Dog Week: Tips & 15% Off Dog Walking Gear


adopt & shop dog trainer with volunteers

National Walk Your Dog Week kicks off TODAY and we have a special video to share from our Adopt & Shop trainer extraordinaire Chelsea!  A daily walk or two is one of the most important things you can do for your dog.  Why?

  • A tired dog is less likely to indulge in destructive (but normal) behaviors like chewing, digging and barking.
  • Wanderlust is in your dog’s DNA and the desire to move, sniff, explore and mark is all part of natural pack behavior.
  • Walking reinforces a dog’s sense of well-being, which helps fulfill their emotional needs and keeps them happy.

Saving Pets Challenge Launches Today!


dog and cat in the grass

There’s some big news from Found Animals today – the Saving Pets Challenge to expand lifesaving programs in communities across the United States has kicked off!  We have put $100,000 of funding up for grabs in this first-of-its-kind program.  Competing animal welfare organizations use CrowdRise, one of the fastest growing online fundraising websites, to raise money for a program of their choice.
The three organizations that raise the most money during the challenge period get grants of $50,000, $20,000, and $10,000 from Found Animals.  Another $20,000 in bonus grants will be given out along the way.

One of the things…