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More than six million pets enter animal shelters in the United States each year. In 2009, more than 300 dogs and their dog-loving human counterparts sprang into action to offer assistance. Under cover of darkness, these dogs and humans crossed the Brooklyn Bridge using illuminated dog leashes to shed light on the cause and raise money to help animal rescues and shelters across the country provide for the dogs, cats and other pets under their care. That first Pup Crawl™ raised thousands of dog-loving, do-good dollars for shelter and rescue groups in New York, Florida and California — some of the areas hit hardest by the foreclosure crisis.

The next Brooklyn Bridge Pup Crawl takes place on October 22, 2011, with nearly 500 dogs and dog lovers already registered to participate (registration is required for the event.) Other Pup Crawls, with equally adorable and kind-hearted dogs, have taken place in California and Pennsylvania with more in the works for this and next year. And, across the country, more than 350 shelters and rescues in 46 states are raising money for the pets in their care through the Pup Crawl Lights-Up Leash, the world’s first illuminated dog leash designed to protect shelter and rescue animals.

This year, we’re thrilled to count the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals and Petfinder among our partners who are helping draw attention to the impact of the financial crisis on our furry dog friends – and the organizations working so hard to protect them. Dog lovers, cat lovers (animal lovers of any persuasion) are invited to join the movement. And any local non-profit animal organization can sign up to participate and benefit.

Here’s how you can help:

  • REGISTER your dog for the next Brooklyn Bridge Pup Crawl
  • PURCHASE Pup Crawl Lights-Up Leashes ($3 goes to help pets in need)
  • BARK about The Pup Crawl on Facebook and tell local shelters and rescues they can benefit

Don’t forget to adopt from a shelter or rescue group if you’re considering getting a pet and please help spread the word about The Pup Crawl.

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