Rescue supporters celebrated spring at the Cabin Fever Reliever

Rescue supporters celebrated spring at the Cabin Fever Reliever

Nothing gets us Minnesotans out of the house faster than a taste of the early spring season. After months of hiding inside we’re dying to get outside, stretch our legs and enjoy some fresh air – and our dogs are too! Almost 200 people did just that and came to the Butcher and the Boar on Sunday, March 13 for our first ever Cabin Fever Reliever fundraising event.

Outside on the covered patio rescue supporters enjoyed food and drink and music and brought their dogs along for the fun. People and pups socialized while they browsed the silent auction and raffle table and met our adoptable dogs.

Butcher and the Boar was kind enough to not only open their doors to us on a Sunday afternoon but to donate 100% of sausage sales to benefit the rescue – we can’t thank them enough! We also send our thanks to the dozens of local businesses for the generous silent auction and raffle donations that made this an incredibly fun and successful event:

The Beauty Room Solitaire Dogs-an alternative dog daycare
Surly Brewery Amore Uptown Italian Restaurant
Solitaire Dogs, an alternative dog daycare Kyatchi Japanese Restaurant
Lucky Dog Pet Lodge Hola Arepas Restaurant
Lagunitas Brewing company Third Bird
Bubbly Paws Barbette
Integrity Dental Care Bryant Lake Bowl
St. Paul Saints Tintos Cocina + Cantina Resturaunt
MN Ink Red Stag
Vet Partners Pet Hospital Cub Foods
Jennifer Davis Pat’s Tap
Surdyk’s Witch Hat Candles

And of course it just can’t happen without the help and support of our amazing volunteers who worked hard before and during the event to make sure everyone had a great time!

While a lot of money was raised for rescue, the true highlight of the day was the connection made between Butcher and the Boar event coordinator, Courtney, and our own adoptable dog, Tyson. Sparks flew the moment they met and Courtney knew he had to become apart of her family. She adopted him this week. Congratulations!

Courtney, her fiance Scott, and Ox English Bulldog Ox welcome Tyson to their family!

Courtney, her fiance Scott, and their English Bulldog Ox welcome Tyson to their family!

 

Fix Your Pit clinics are helping support the community

Fix Your Pit clinics are helping support the community

In February, we held our first Fix Your Pit free spay/neuter clinic. Partnering with Kindest Cut, we’ve launched a program to help families with pit bulls and pit mixes spay or neuter their dogs. The Fix Your Pit program focuses on the importance of spay and neuter for a dog’s health and behavior benefits, but also as a way to help minimize euthanasia rates of pit bulls and improve the health of our communities.

Fifteen dogs took part in the February 13 clinic. Save-a-Bull volunteers were on hand to help the Kindest Cut staff care for these dogs.

 

Our next clinic is right around the corner on April 2, 2016 and two more clinics are scheduled to take place in 2016. Help spread the word about these dates so more families can take advantage of the free services to spay or neuter their dogs. Click here to see our schedule.

These clinics are made possible by the generous support of our community. All funds were raised on Give to the Max Day in November of 2015.

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Rescue & Running: Both are tough, but worth the effort

Rescue & Running: Both are tough, but worth the effort

by Lacy Schramm, Co-director, Save-a-Bull Rescue

Me and Baby Lola, 2008.

I would never consider myself an athlete. I never really enjoyed sports, and never played on any varsity teams. My usual line was, “I will only run if someone is chasing me.” Exercise was a dirty word back then. However adopting my first dog, Lola, in 2008 started a fitness revolution in my life and led my husband and I into the rescue world.

That might sound a bit dramatic, but adopting a dog was truly the catalyst that changed the health of my family. Jake and I started walking Lola every day and venturing out for hikes on the weekends.

In 2010 I signed up to run my first 5k with a friend. At the time I couldn’t even run for two minutes straight. I certainly wasn’t a runner. Gradually building up endurance and mileage through the Couch to 5k plan, I was able to complete that first race with minimal walking. It was tough, but I did it and felt proud for doing it. Over the next few months I continued the running plan and stepped up to a 10k, which I liked even better. Jake joined me and we ran our first half marathon together in 2012.

A funny thing happened- somewhere along the way I started to really enjoy running. Not just the sense of accomplishment when it was over, but I actually enjoyed the entire run. I started looking forward to my runs and feeling frustrated when I missed them. Who was I? Well, apparently I turned into a runner. 25-year-old me would never believe it was possible.

Cisco ran the Fast and Furry in 2010.

Cisco ran the Fast and Furry in 2010.

Running is also something I can do with my dogs, and it’s great for them too. Most of the time I choose to run with a dog, especially my energetic foster dogs. I ran my first  Fast & the Furry race with Cisco, a foster-dog in a wheelchair (talk about inspirational; what excuses did I have for not running?)! Since then we have run a few Fast & the Furry races and sponsored a TC10k team of Save-a-Bull volunteers. Every Thanksgiving, Jake and I run the Turkey Day 5K through downtown Minneapolis, and a few Save-a-Bull volunteers and dogs have joined us along the way.

Rescue can change a dog’s life, but getting a dog can change your life as well. Looking back at all the choices I’ve made in my life, adopting Lola was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made, and I have the before and after photos to prove it.

I’m personally inviting you to run or walk with Save-a-Bull Rescue at the 2016 Fast & the Furry 5k/8k event. Whether you sign up to walk your dog, or try the Couch to 5k program and run the 5k with us, the community and dogs in rescue will benefit. Register today and set up your fundraising page to collect donations for Save-a-Bull. Then show up for a fun, fast and furry morning to benefit the rescue community.


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May 21, 2016 • Harriet Island, St. Paul
www.fastandthefurry.com

The Fast & the Furry 5k is less than three months away! Join our team and help raise money to support pit bull rescue and services at Save-a-Bull. How do you get involved?

1. REGISTER for the Fast & the Furry here:
Click here to register >

All registered human participants will get a race shirt.
All registered canine participants will get a bandana.
Participants registered by April 24 will get a custom race bib with their name and their dog’s name.

2. CREATE A FUNDRAISING PAGE as part of the Save-a-Bull team
Click here to set up your fundraising page >

Note from Event Organizers:
Be sure to include your NAME (the same that you registered with) on your fundraising page so we know who to credit. You must have already registered to participate in the Fast and the Furry 8K or 5K9 to earn incentives. Fundraising incentive prizes will be calculated based on online donations made to your page by May 18th. Any donations received at the event will be accepted by not counted towards prizes and the announced total at the event.

3. START COLLECTING PLEDGES from friends and family!
Fast & the Furry awards prizes at different pledge levels, learn more.

PLUS: If you reach $400 in pledges for Team Save-a-Bull we will give you a coupon for 40% off all Save-a-Bull merchandise you purchased at the event!

We look forward to seeing you and your dog at this fun event in May.

#PetHappens Campaign hopes to generate $100,000 for the BISSELL Pet Foundation

#PetHappens Campaign hopes to generate $100,000 for the BISSELL Pet Foundation

We recently shared a story about a couple Save-a-Bull puppies, Lydia and Zayda, that hit the big time being cast in a commercial shoot for carpet cleaning giant, BISSELL. More details are finally available as we find out that BISSELL plans to air the spot on Sunday, February 7 at 3:00pm during the Puppy Bowl on Animal Planet.

Here’s a peek at the promo:

 

BISSELL is planning to use the huge popularity of the Puppy Bowl to boost awareness for it’s #PetHappens fundraising campaign, with the goal to raise $100,000 for the BISSELL Pet Foundation that provides financial support to shelters and rescues like ours.

For every pet photo that’s shared on Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #PetHappens, BISSELL will donate $5 to the foundation!

 

PARTICIPATE NOW
Bissell TwitterThe donation period runs from January 25 to March 21, 2016 so you can start contributing to the fundraising goal today. Simply post a photo of your pet on Twitter or Instagram and use the hashtag #PetHappens.

Then follow @BISSELLclean on Twitter and Instagram to see all the fun that’s unfolding. Make sure to head over to pethappens.com on February 7 for the big launch and to see a live feed of submitted Twitter photos.

Don’t forget to tag us @saveabullmn or hashtag #saveabullmn to show some extra love for your favorite pittie rescue!


Here are the basic rules:
• Campaign runs from 9:00 am CST on January 25, 2016 through 11:59 pm CST on March 31, 2016.

• Post photos of your pet on Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #PetHappens

• Limit one qualifying post per person per day

• Retweets or posts created through robotic devices or artifices will not qualify.

• All qualifying Twitter entries will be displayed on a live feed on www.pethappens.com. Your entry will be attributed to you via a reference to your Twitter username.

For complete official rules, terms and conditions, click here.


Save-a-Bull Rescue is a member of the Bissell Partners for Pets program and can benefit from their grants and perks. When you purchase pet products on bissell.com and enter the code ADOPT at checkout, a portion of the purchase will be donated to Save-a-Bull!

 

Lights, camera, action! Rescue puppies get a moment in the spotlight

Lights, camera, action! Rescue puppies get a moment in the spotlight

Puppies are adorable! They’re cute, soft, innocent and love to snuggle and nap. They’re also fast, unruly, into trouble and notorious for making messes on your carpet. If you’re up for the challenge, then a puppy just might be right for you. If you’re Bissell, the leader in carpet cleaning machines, and you want to show off the extraordinary cleaning power of your product, then a messy puppy is your dream come true!

We recently got an email from a local animal talent agent (yes, that’s a real thing) for puppies for a video commercial shoot for Bissell. They wanted puppies to make a huge mess that they could then clean up to show the power of Bissell products. They also wanted to also take advantage of the exposure to showcase rescue dogs in their commercial, noting that the perfect family pet can easily be found in a shelter or rescue.

Save-a-Bull puppies Lydia and Zayda* were chosen to show off their messy puppy skills in this commercial, as were  puppies from Ruff Start Rescue, Midwest Animal Rescue, Bark Rescue and more. The puppies took part in several food-related, mess-making scenarios while a team of dozens of directors, camera, sound, catering, prop, cleaning and handling crew made all the pieces fall together.

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Top left: Lydia makes a stop in ‘hair and make up’ for a little spaghetti sauce application; Bottom left: Bissell handlers snuggle Lydia up between takes and she doesn’t seem to mind the mess she’s in; Right: Lydia was no diva on set, waiting patiently for her next scene.

 

 

Both Lydia and Zayda did the jobs they were asked to do – they played with the other puppies; they ate tons of cake, spaghetti, gravy and pudding; and most importantly, they messed up the carpet. At the end of a long day, they both went home in a food coma, ready for a bath and a long nap.

We weren’t told exactly where the spot will air (it must be top secret!) but rumor has it there may be a special campaign on Bissell’s Twitter feed or perhaps even the Super Bowl or Animal Planet’s Puppy Bowl. We’ll update you as soon as we find out, and if you see it before we do, please let us know!

Let’s stay tuned to see if Bissell is up for the task of cleaning the mess these rescue pups made! Here’s a sneak peek:

 

*Lydia and Zayda  have both been adopted since the shoot and will be watching for their television debut from the comfort of their new homes, with families that love them. Congratulations, little super stars!

Join our team for the Fast and the Furry 5K/8k

Join our team for the Fast and the Furry 5K/8k

We are both excited and honored to have been chosen by organizers of the Fast and the Furry 5k/8k as a benefiting charity for next year’s event on May 21, 2016.

The annual Fast and the Furry is one of the Twin Cities’ premier outdoor pet-friendly event! Runners, walkers and their pups participate in a 5K run/walk or an 8K run. Both distances are open to participating with your canine companion.

More than just an athletic event, the Fast and the Furry event directly benefits People and Pets Together and provides a unique fundraising opportunity for Save-a-Bull Rescue as well.

Over $17,000 was raised in 2015 for the chosen charities.  In 2016, the event will be shooting for $25,000!

The Fast and the Furry is encouraging all registered runners and walkers to setup a fundraising campaign and set a personal goal for raising at least $250 for one of the charities. We invite you to join team Save-a-Bull and help us raise as much as possible during this event.

Join Team Save-a-Bull and help raise money to support pit bull rescue and services.

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How do you get involved?

1. REGISTER for the Fast & the Furry here:
https://www.zapevent.com/userlogin.aspx?eventid=7518

All registered human participants will get a race shirt.
All registered canine participants will get a bandana.
Participants registered by April 24 will get a custom race bib with their name and their dog’s name.

2. CREATE A FUNDRAISING PAGE as part of the Save-a-Bull team
Click here to set up your fundraising page >
https://www.razoo.com/team/2016-Fast-And-The-Furry-Save-A-Bull

Note from Event Organizers:
Be sure to include your NAME (the same that you registered with) on your fundraising page so we know who to credit. You must have already registered to participate in the Fast and the Furry 8K or 5K9 to earn incentives. Fundraising incentive prizes will be calculated based on online donations made to your page by May 18th. Any donations received at the event will be accepted by not counted towards prizes and the announced total at the event.

3. START COLLECTING PLEDGES from friends and family!
Fast & the Furry awards prizes at different pledge levels, learn more.

*****PLUS: If you reach $400 in pledges for Team Save-a-Bull we will give you a coupon for 40% off all Save-a-Bull merchandise you purchased at the event!*****

We look forward to seeing you and your dog at this fun event in May.

 


For complete event information please visit http://www.fastandthefurry.com/