Tuesday, December 11, 2012


Hands up if you have a fur baby at home!  If you do have a furry member of the family (of the canine or feline variety and not the human variety!), you'll know just how special they are and how very much part of the family they are. I am reminded of this often...especially during the holidays.

Let me introduce you to our fur baby.

This is Chance.
Chance - Not pronounced the English way, but the French way. Chance as in "Bonne chance!" (good luck). In case you weren't already aware, my Twitter handle, @chancesmommy was selected because Chance was my baby long before Little One was even a glimmer in my eye.

Chance was my first baby. In fact, I cannot even fathom a sweet pup like Chance not having a family to live with.  This always reminds me of the fact that there are so many dogs and cats that are without homes...and this makes me really sad.

Did you know that  IAMS HOME 4 THE HOLIDAYS is in its 14th year of setting out to find forever homes for orphaned animals?
The Iams Home 4 the Holidays pet adoption drive enters its 14th year and remains focused on raising awareness of pet adoption while also ensuring proper nutrition for more homeless pets this year. The program which runs Oct. 1, 2012 through Jan. 2, 2013 celebrates over 7 million pets adopted out since its inaugural year and continues to educate potential pet owners about the wonderful animals available at local shelters and rescue organizations. This year, Iams will again work in conjunction with founding partner Helen Woodward Animal Center, the Canadian Federation of Humane Societies and more than 4,000 animal organizations worldwide to encourage pet adoption.

“Shelters and rescues around the country are overflowing with great adoptable animals awaiting forever homes,” said Mike Arms, founder of the adoption drive and president of Helen Woodward Animal Center. "Last year a tiny, starved dachshund was brought into a shelter, weighing maybe one pound soaking wet, and very cold and miserable. The shelter helped nurse her back to health and she was adopted by a wonderful couple that fell in love with her and named her Baby. Stories like these show us the importance of promoting pet adoption and how a program like Iams Home 4 the Holidays can make a huge difference in the life of a pet.”
  Adoption drive founder & president of Helen Woodward Animal Center, Mike Arms

{What Can You Do To Help?}

Canadians can participate in the program in more ways than one. Lend a hand by:
* Donating through Bags 4 Bowls – For those who are already pet parents, Iams will donate one bowl of food to a participating Iams Home 4 the Holidays animal organization for every specially marked package of Iams pet food purchased during the campaign
* Adopting from a local shelter – Every day more and more animals end up in shelters or in rescue care, and more than 25 per cent are pure breeds*. This is important to keep in mind when deciding to bring a pet into your life, the animal you’re looking for is probably in your neighbourhood shelter. To find a participating animal shelter or rescue organization near you, visit iams.ca or facebook.com/iams
* Volunteering – Shelters need volunteers to do everything from feeding, caring for and keeping rescue animals company, to assisting at events and fundraisers. If you can’t adopt but would still love to help do so as a volunteer
* Visiting Facebook.com/iams – Visit the Iams Facebook page and click to “Like” the page or various messages, photos, videos, etc. For each “Like” comment Iams will donate meals to participating animal shelters

For more information about the campaign or to find out how to get involved, become a fan of the Iams Facebook page at www.facebook.com/Iams or visit www.iams.ca.


Mama Ash said...

I had no idea you had a fur baby! We have one too.....a silly old Siamese cross cat who likes to moan and meow in the middle of the night. Don't ask. I have no idea why. LOL!

Country Mouse, City Mouse said...

Chance is a beautiful dog. I love how happy he is in the snow.

I support the Home 4 the Holidays campaign - lets find some fur friends homes this year!

Christine McN said...

Indeed, it is true. I often get asked on Twitter if I have a son named Chance. LOL! Yes. Chance is my first baby. My fur baby! LOL! @chancesmommy

Christine McN said...

Yes! I'm totally with you! Actually, we have a forever home story close to our hearts. One very special canine baby is in need of a home and I think we may have found one for her. I've been praying and praying that she goes to a family who really, REALLY loves her and can take care of her.

Deborah Coombs said...

What a cutie! Our fur baby is our Iams kitty, PJ Tricky. He and I are promoting IH4TH as well. Such an important cause

Gingermommy said...

Such a great program. I personally spoke to someone regarding this recently and found out how it all got started. Such an inspiration

Nicole said...

This is such a great initiative and program. I spoke with Nina about it in further detail at P&G Mom. It was great to learn about! I adore my furbabies, so I would do anything to help out others too!

Brandi Yee said...

Chance is soooo cute!! It's so important to find animals a forever home to enjoy :)

Wendy S said...

Our fur baby is from a rescue!! So glad that Iams is giving back :)

Annie Brown said...

I love that you pronounce it the french way! :) What a cute furbaby!

Mom vs. the boys said...

so many ways to help out our furry friends! Your little puppers is adorable!

Cheryl Kirkness said...

Chance is so cute! We have 2 fur babies at home - 2 cats. Ally 'Kat'arina and Iggy Wayne (named after my dad of course...my dad doesn't find it all that funny since he's not a cat person). :)

Margarita - @DownshiftingPRO said...

We have a fur baby too and her name is LOLA she is crazy and funny and very mischievous... which makes for a very fun/frustrating day but we would not give her up for the world.

Karan Gupta said...

Excellent ! it is very useful post. IAMS pet food focus totally on the animal, with the aim of improving daily life and ensuring better health for dogs and cats through nutrition.

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