DURHAM, NC (PRWEB) October 07, 2015 - Pets are considered an important part of any family, but many potential pets are stray animals forced to rely on the support of local animal shelters like the Animal Protection Society (APS) of Durham. Many of these shelters, including the APS of Durham, are non-profit organizations that need the local community’s support securing adequate amounts of food, toys, and everyday living essentials for animals in need.
This is not an isolated problem. Eye opening statistics from the ASPCA reveal that approximately 7.6 million companion animals enter animal shelters nationwide every year. Each year, approximately 2.7 million animals are euthanized and about twice as many animals enter shelters as strays compared to the number that are relinquished by their owners.
So this fall, in honor of October’s National Adopt a Shelter Dog Month, Triangle-based TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® locations are stepping up to raise awareness, encourage adoptions and collect financial gifts/donated items for APS of Durham through the Movers for Mutts campaign.
“As a dog owner myself, this is a campaign very near and dear to my heart,” says Brooke Wilson, owner of the Raleigh and Durham TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® locations. “Throughout October, I will be joining my employees and APS representatives at local sporting events to encourage adoptions and collect donated items and charitable contributions. Additionally, we will be hosting the Candid Canines social media contest to inspire local residents to share their favorite moments with their pups and showcase the powerfully emotional side of pet ownership. We are excited to help APS of Durham extend its reach and influence in and around the Triangle.”
In order to drive awareness for their partnership with APS of Durham and encourage adoptions, contributions and gifts, Triangle-based TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® locations will host a social media contest, a series of adoption/donation drives at local sporting events and a doggy parade/check presentation at the grand reopening of their Durham location as part of their comprehensive Movers for Mutts campaign. Here are the details behind each component and instructions for any local resident interested in participating:
Candid Canines Contest (Oct. 1 - Oct. 31) - Throughout October, all Triangle residents are encouraged to share the most adorable Facebook photos of their pups striking a pose for a chance to win the grand prize - a “truckload” of pet gifts and four tickets to the UNC-Duke rivalry basketball game on February 17, 2016. delivered to the door. Four secondary prizes of two tickets to upcoming UNC or Duke football or basketball games will also be awarded. Any Triangle-based resident is encouraged to participate by filling out the Candid Canines contest form on the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK RDU® Facebook page and/or submitting their favorite photos of their dog(s) via Facebook using #candidcaninesRDU.
UNC/Duke Football Donation/Adoption Drive Events - Feel free to visit with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® and APS of Durham at sporting events this fall as they collect financial contributions and donated items for the shelter. All ticket holders and tailgaters are encouraged to bring along some gifts, make charitable donations and/or take home an adopted dog! Here are the events that will give area residents a chance to participate:
Duke Men’s Soccer (10/16) and Duke Football (10/31) - Join the fun at two fantastic events on Duke’s campus - the 10/16 men’s soccer matchup against crosstown rival, NC State, and the 10/31 Halloween football showdown against Miami. TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® and APS of Durham will be out there hosting adoption drives and collecting all charitable contributions. Come contribute to the cause and sign up to take home a shelter dog!
UNC - Duke Rivalry Football Game (11/7) - Stop by Tarheel Town on UNC’s campus prior to the “battle of the blues” rivalry game to help your favorite school win the first ever “blue bone battle.” Whichever school helps raise the most money and contributes the most donated items on Saturday, November 7th will take home the “blue bone” trophy - another symbol of pride for the storied rivalry! Those who stop by will also have the chance to win other prizes by battling TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® mascot, Truckie, in cornhole and other competitions.
Doggy Parade/Adoption Drive at Grand Reopening in Durham - On Monday, November 9th, TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® will host a massive celebration to commemorate the grand reopening of their Durham location and the success of the 2015 Movers for Mutts program. Stop by for a family friendly puppy parade and a check presentation as TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® matches all funds raised for APS of Durham up to $5,000.
“We are very excited for the Movers for Mutts campaign and can’t wait to head out to local sporting events to interact with area residents,” said APS of Durham spokeswoman Melissa Manns. “We appreciate TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® partnering with us for what is sure to be a very successful donation drive and online contest. Thank you in advance to each member of our community who will help make Movers for Mutts a success!”
To make a financial donation directly from your computer or mobile device, please visit http://bit.ly/apsdurham.
For a list of recommended donations/charitable gifts, please visit http://www.apsofdurham.org/wp-content/uploads/2009/01/Wish-List1.pdf.
For more information on APS of Durham, please visit http://www.apsofdurham.org.
For additional information about Movers for Mutts and how you or your business can participate, please visit the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK RDU® Facebook page.
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