Some welfare organizations find homes for animals. Others provide financial assistance to animals in need. However, one group has taken a creative approach to advocating for mistreated domestic animals – Theater. Up For Pups is a non-profit organization that focuses on unique public educational initiatives to raise awareness about the importance of animal adoption. Kyla Duffy, the Boulder, Colorado-based author and aerialist who founded Up For Pups, has produced and starred in a unique stage show called Don’t Kill Bill to inspire rescue volunteering and raise awareness about adoption. This emotional journey through the lives of 11 adopted dogs and Bill, a puppy mill survivor Kyla adopted personally, brings animal rescue to the forefront of people’s thoughts. The show doesn’t just provide information, though. Each show has a raffle in which each attendee gets a free raffle ticket. At intermission they can also buy more tickets from animal rescues. The rescues keep this money, and at the end of the night, the winner gets to choose his or her favorite rescue to get the grand prize, generally more than $100.
Mrs. Duffy came by her love of animals quite recently. She explained, “I had no idea about the suffering going on in the breeding industry. Three years ago I was simply a person who wanted a dog. I found MidAmerica Boston Terrier Rescue and contacted them. My husband didn’t really want us to have a dog, so I talked with them about fostering. The volunteer’s exact words were, “Honey, if your husband doesn’t want a dog, he definitely doesn’t want to foster. You never know what you’re gonna get.’ Two weeks later we had our first foster dog!” Her family has now housed 42 foster pets on their way to finding permanent homes.
Up For Pups didn’t stop there. Mrs. Duffy has embarked on yet another one-of-a-kind way to improve how animal rescues operate. ” Despite the fact that [the animal rescue] industry is obviously sizable and growing, it is virtually unregulated without even a best practices handbook for rescues to reference. Up For Pups has set out to develop an indispensible manual that will serve as a guide for established and developing private rescue organizations, helping them to work most effectively”, Mrs. Duffy informed the author. “It focuses on decentralized dog rescue organizations that function primarily through foster homes.”
The handbook has been created through a collaborative process that included numerous, diverse private rescue organizations, each of which compiled data about their practices. Up For Pups then evaluated and compiled the data, before returning a first draft to the rescues for review. After more than eight months of revisions, the first edition of Road to Rescue Best Practices Manual is nearing completion.
For those interested in helping Up For Pups, the group needs volunteers to help arrange Don’t Kill Bill shows around the country. Information is at http://upforpups.org/dkb. Donations can be made online through http://upforpups.org. Also, 25% or more of the net proceeds from sales of Mrs. Duffy’s books is donated to rescue organizations, with more than $20,000 donated to date.
Learn about these other great animal welfare organizations:
Happy Tails Rottweiler Rescue
Save Our Siberians – Siberspace Rescue Fund
Taylor Jones Humane Society