Not only is today’s Photo Hunt about something creative I have here, it’s also about a chance for you to be creative — and help kitties in need at the same time. The Pet Postcard Project is a grassroots arts-and-crafts project aimed at a) raising food for shelter pets and b) raising awareness about the plight of homeless animals! It’s easy to participate: just create a handmade postcard and send it by snail mail to the human running the project. Each card is counted towards free meals for pets in need! Current sponsors include freekibblekat.com and Halo, and the May/ June organization benefitting is the Stray Cat Alliance, a group local to us that my human loves because it advocates for homeless kitties and has an awesome adoption program. If 2500 postcards are received, Stray Cat Alliance will receive 10,000 meals for their kitties! Plus freekibblekat.com and Halo will donate an additional 1000 meals for every 1000 cards over the 2500 postcard goal! Pet Armor is also donating $1500 of their cat flea and tick prevention to SCA for 2500 postcards received!
But it gets even better! All the postcard makers who send theirs in between now and June 30 are eligible for three very special prizes: two winners will receive signed copies of Jackson Galaxy’s new book, Cat Daddy, and one will get a call with Jackson himself! How awesome is that!
Here are some details you need to know about creating your card:
1. It must include a photo of a pet you personally know, not one cut out of a magazine.
2. There are four categories, and the text on your card must fit into one: confessions/ secrets, advice, wishes, “you know you love your pet when…”
3. What you write must be original, not someone else’s quote.
4. You can create your card in a computer graphics program or embellish a postcard-sized photo by hand (hint: the Pet Postcard Human loves the crafty, made-by-hand cards the best!).
5. Each card must be original — you can’t send in the same card over and over again, because only one of them will count.
6. Put your all-original postcard(s) in an envelope and mail it to the address on the Pet Postcard Project site!
For more about making the cards, go here. If you want some inspiration, you can find cards here. Below is the card my human made in Photoshop for me — it is one of my own quotes from my 2010 calendar!
I think this is an awesome project and for a great cause! It does not matter if you are not all that creative — it is the thought (and the food) that counts!