Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Tail-Wagging Adoption Tour and Susan Sims, Part 1

If you're like me, you'd take in every sweet, adorable, pleading homeless pet and give them the love and care they deserve...if you could. The next best thing, however, is promoting pet adoption all across the country.

What is it? Get Your Licks on Route 66 is a mobile national pet adoption tour rolling along the length of the America's Favorite Highway, Route 66.

When? The event kicks off in Chicago on September 10th and arrives in California early October.

Where? The 36-foot Mobile Adoption Unit will travel through eight states, with stops in Michigan, Illinois, Missouri, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and California.

Meet Susan Sims, publisher of FIDO Friendly magazine, and founder of Get Your Licks on Route 66.

Q: How did this adoption tour begin?

Susan: Early in 2009 I had the idea to travel cross-country to help promote pet adoption.
FIDO Friendly magazine is such a great venue for all things dog, but I wanted to get out on the road and start a grass-root awareness campaign about pet adoption. We partnered with North Shore Animal League America, (NSALA) the world's largest no kill animal shelter.

Q: So, do you bring pets for adoption along with you?

Susan: The bus drivers take pets from the local shelters along the way and bring them to a designated venue where people can come on board the climate-controlled pet adoption bus and look at pets for adoption.

The 2 bus drivers from NSALA are the true heroes, as they transport pets to the different adoption sites each day and at day's end, take pets that had not been adopted back to the shelters. At this time, they sanitize the bus and get it ready for the next day's adoption. This process is repeated at each shelter.

Q: How can we find out if/when you'll be coming to our town?

Susan: We will be posting the entire schedule on our blog and online.

Q: Why have you made this event one of your personal missions--what does it mean to you?

Susan: Just before the Get Your Licks on Route 66 pet adoption tour last year, we lost both of our two Labs within a few months of each other and as fate would have it, we adopted Junior from our local shelter just before the last sweet spirit passed over Rainbow Bridge. There are a lot of great dogs sitting in shelters right now, just waiting for the chance to become someone's best friend. By making this month long pet adoption tour something fun and hopefully news worthy, I feel that more and more dogs will be adopted as a result of what we do. Junior is a pure bred black Lab, found at a shelter, so he made a perfect choice for spokes-dog. You just never know who you will find that needs a new forever home at your local shelter. These are not throw-away dogs, just sweet spirits looking for a home.

Junior came with us last year, in fact, you could say he grew up on the road. He had never been on a car trip, never in a plane and we just got lucky that he loved the entire experience. We made sure that we stopped at places like Camp Bow Wow when we had extra time so he could run and play with a few 'new friends' before we jumped back in the car for the next city stop. I think if pet parents remember to exercise their furry best friends, making a long road trip like this one can be a great experience for all concerned.

Thank you Susan!

Be sure to stop by again Friday to
Learn more about Junior
Read some of the heartwarming adoption stories

Find out how you can help!


If you want, you can leave your good wishes for Susan and Junior and their travels here. And, if you have any questions for Susan, feel free to ask here too.

22 comments:

Kim Clune said...

This is the best idea EVER! I wish you - and all the animals - tremendous success, and don't forget to tip your bus drivers!

N. R. Williams said...

Way cool. I don't have a pet at the moment. Our last dog, a Shel-tie died a few years ago. We will adopt from a Shel-tie rescue center next time.
Nancy
N. R. Williams, fantasy author

jen said...

What a great post Peggy.
Thank you for sharing, it is a great idea:)

Carol Bryant said...

So proud of Susan and all her hard work with NSAL in launching Route 66. Great interview!!

Life with 5 dogs said...

That is such a wonderful Idea! Thanks for Letting us know about it.

Life with 5 dogs said...

That is such a wonderful Idea! Thanks for Letting us know about it.

Alexis Grant said...

Wow! Love hearing about this.

I've got a question: How do you convince folks who are thinking about adopting a dog to help one from a shelter rather than buying from a breeder?

Thanks!

Kate Fenner said...

The whole event sounds wonderful! Our kitty is a rescue cat, and I don't think we'll ever get future pets any other way.

Susan - any plans for ever having your tour come through Virginia? Route 66 goes right by us!

Peggy Frezon said...

Thanks. I agree it's a great idea! I hope they exceed their adoption goal this year.

Frankie Furter said...

Hi Peggy, I have been seeing your comments... and I really like them.. a lot. Welcome to My blog and I hope you don't mind that I have started to follow yours!!!

Peggy Frezon said...

Welcome Frankie!

Susan Sims said...

Hi Alexis, your question about convincing folks to adopt from a shelter rather then from a breeder is a good one! Because oftentimes people have a specific breed in mind, they don’t realize that there are many specific breed rescue organizations out there that are filled with great dogs. I always encourage people to take a look at their local shelters or rescue groups so that they can help save lives.

susan Sims said...

Hi Kate, would love to swing by VA, thanks for the invite. We can start planning for next year. Do you have any shelters that might want to get involved?
Susan

Kate Fenner said...

Thanks Susan! We'd personally love to have you visit around Fairfax, but I'm sure there are many areas in VA where they'd welcome you!

Our kitty came from the "Lost Dog and Cat Rescue Foundation", I know they do rescue events at our local Petsmart (that's where they were when we found our Cinnamon!) so perhaps they would be interested in your event as well!

susan Sims said...

We will look at logistics for next year Kate, Petsmart is always a good location.

K9friend said...

What a great idea! I'll be sure to check out when they come to Missouri and get it up on my blog. They chose a very cute and clever name, too!

Pat
www.critteralley.blogspot.com

The Teacher's Pets said...

What a great idea, Peggy! I hope you and all of the animals have a successful day!
I am sooooo glad you changed your comment form because it's so much easier this way and it looks like the change has benefited you in a BIG way....you've got lots more comments than ever!

Maggie Mae said...

Miss Peggy!!!

What funs to learn dat Kelly and you lives close to me toos! Oh my I am doin' da wiggle butt dance right now. We will has to meets someday soon at da Crossings, for sure!

Woofs and Licks,
Maggie Mae

sunny.fridge said...

I have two four-legged babies, border collie and chow mix. I adopted them and they're been the most spoiled and sweetest pets! I wish you well on your tour.

sunny.fridge said...

I have two four-legged babies, border collie and chow mix. I adopted them and they're been the most spoiled and sweetest pets! I wish you well on your tour.

Kate Fenner said...

The whole event sounds wonderful! Our kitty is a rescue cat, and I don't think we'll ever get future pets any other way.

Susan - any plans for ever having your tour come through Virginia? Route 66 goes right by us!

N. R. Williams said...

Way cool. I don't have a pet at the moment. Our last dog, a Shel-tie died a few years ago. We will adopt from a Shel-tie rescue center next time.
Nancy
N. R. Williams, fantasy author

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