When I first saw that Bayer was one of the sponsors of BlogPaws, I thought, “What the hell is Bayer doing at a Pet Blogging Conference?”
I know my dogs can sometimes be a PITA with their shenanigans, but really? And if that’s what their pitch was, why wasn’t there any aspirin in my swag bag?
What I didn’t know is that Bayer makes products for animals, and they’re expanding that line! Two of their products I’m already familiar with, the Seresto flea and tick collar, and Drontal, which is a de-wormer for pets.
When you attend BlogPaws, one of the items in your swag bag is a “passport.” The passport lists all the sponsors in the exhibition hall, and if you stop at the booths and have a certain amount of sponsors sign your passport, you can enter into drawings for some pretty awesome things. (I’m sorry I can’t show you one, I turned mine in.) 🙂
I was excited to find out, that besides their animal health product line, Bayer is really behind the #PAWSAct.
Don’t feel bad if you don’t know what it is, I didn’t either. But today, for my Blog The Change post, I’m going to tell you, and share their video.
Blog the Change is a quarterly blog hop, when bloggers united by their love and passion for animals use their voices to try to make a change.
PAWS (Pet and Women Safety Act) is a bill that has been introduced in Congress, and its main goal is for the protection of victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking and dating violence, and support from emotional and psychological trauma from abuse against their pets.
The statistics make me sad.
- 71% of women who enter a shelter indicate that their abuser had also abused their pet in some way. In some cases, the pet had actually been killed or maimed. I shudder at that thought.
- 48% of domestic violence victims will stay with their abuser because they are concerned what will happen to their pets if they leave, and most domestic violence shelters do not accept pets.
You may recall that before she sold everything to live on a boat, Pamela from Something Wagging, fostered two dogs for a domestic violence survivor who entered a shelter.
The PAWS Act provides grant funding to assist domestic violence survivors with support services that include housing assistance and training, and this program also includes their pets!
Bayer had a tablet set up at their booth, where we could send pre-written letters to our Representatives in Congress, asking them to support this bill. Once we sent the letter, we could add a pin in our state on a map they had. It was very cool.
Today for my Blog the Change post, I’d like to ask you to follow this link, and add your voice to the many who are already supporting this much needed bill.
My goal as a blogger is to be a voice for the voiceless, and I’m asking you to join me. Please, it will take you less than a minute to do so.
For those who can’t speak with their voice, and only with their hearts, I thank you.