|Sent on:||Thursday, September 27, 2012 2:28 PM|
Puppy Huggers hugging their dogs!
I would like to thank all the participants, co-hosts, speakers and volunteers for making this year’s Puppy Mill Awareness Day memorable and effective. We had over 120 participants with their dogs parade around the Capital drawing all kinds of attention.
With three photographers we have hundreds of photos. Some photos have been posted to our PMA Meetup and Facebook. Enjoy!
Aside from all the media coverage, below are some of the other highlights:
• LAWMAKERS VISITED - Many lawmakers stopped to check out the PMA camp, including Senator Steven Beida, Senator Rick Jones (below photo), Senator Tonya Schuitmaker, Representative Chuck Moss, and Representative Morris Hood. There were others that I didn’t get a chance to identify, but rest assured the ones that didn’t come out surely heard about us - maybe they even heard us chanting “Ha ho, Puppy Mills Must Go!”
• SENATOR HUNE – Senator Hune ( R ) Livingston County was in town and was aware of our parade.
• POST CARDS – We collected the BIG post cards from the co-hosts and will work on plans to strategically deliver them to key lawmakers. Thanks again Capital Area Humane Society, Ingham County Animal Control, Animal Placement Bureau, H.E.A.R.T., Annabelles and Voiceless-MI. Vicki, our ASPAC Director and Jonelle collected personal hand written post cards from the other participants. We collected 83 cards.
• YUMMY TREATS - Sunday Harvie made yummy vegan “animal friendly” sandwiches and dog shaped cookies for the bill’s sponsors along with a festive veggie pizza for the speakers. Thanks Sunday!
• PARTICIPANT ENTHUSIASM - Many dogs brought people that were really enthusiastic. Check out some of the bandanas, signs on dogs, custom dog shirts, posters, picket signs...
• LOCAL SHELTER SUPPORT - Jamie MacAloon in her ACO uniform made us all look professional. Ingham County Animal Control did a great job with their BIG post card – lots of signatures and they even set up a table. Thanks Jamie!
• THE MASCOTS - The Mascots (dog suits) were definitely a hit. Thanks Nicole for sweating it out for the cameras.
• SURVIVOR STORIES - We were able to capture some survivor stories too. I will post those videos later. Overall, the participants felt like they were involved and had a voice. Mindy found one of the Allegan County puppy mill bust survivors. "He much prefers his blue Mohawk over several pounds of feces laden matted fur :)"
• MEMBERS ON THE STEPS - One of my favorite scenes is all of the PMA members behind the podium with their protest signs, something we do all the time, but not in front of the Capitol! That was memorable. I have seen photos of other groups in other states on their Capitol steps, so that is something I have always wanted to do. Thank you all for making that happen.