When Serena of Pretty Fluffy emailed me last week and invited me to participate in The 13 Project, I immediately started brainstorming.  As as animal lover, it was only natural to participate in such a wonderful initiative that is aimed at helping animals.  So what is The 13 Project?  It’s an initiative proposed by Serena where you make a list of 13 things (or less) that you can do between now and the end of the year to help animals in your community.  Some people may be able to come up with 13 things, some may only come up with 1 or 2.  The point is that everyone can do something.  Whether it’s donating time, money, or supplies to a local shelter or rescue, or using your social media “voice” to advocate for animals, the great thing is that everyone is empowered to do something for the animals during the remainder of this year and by posting it online, we’ll all be held accountable and support each other in our effort to make this world a little better for animals in need.

So here are my goals for The 13 Project:

1.  Photograph adoptable dogs for Charleston Animal Society on a bi-weekly basis for the rest of the year (or more often if possible!)

2.  Reach out to other area rescues and shelters to offer my photography services to them

3.  Promote responsible pet ownership on my Facebook page

4.  Educate people on the importance of spaying and neutering their pets on my blog, Facebook page, etc.

5.  Participate in the October Bully Walk in Charleston; talk to CAS about taking a shelter dog to the event

6.  Become a temporary foster for CAS if a short-term foster is needed in the future (don’t get your hopes up… this time, it’s seriously temporary :)  I absolutely can’t foster fail again… the inn is FULL!)

7.  Send an email to Maryland politicians (for the third time) voicing my concern over the Solesky ruling (anti-pit bull legislation) and urging them to support reform during the January 2013 session

8.  Blog about the adoptable animals I photograph and post their images on Facebook for others to share

9.  Share urgent animals on my Facebook page and continue to use social media to network… because it really does work!

10.  Write a blog post about my work with HeARTs Speak to help raise awareness about this amazing organization that is so committed to joining artists + needy animals together

11.  Work with Pet Helpers to photograph some of their adoptable cats

12.  Share and promote The 13 Project to inspire others

To read more about this project here and consider making a list of your own!  Remember, everyone can do something that makes a difference.  There is no deed too small.  Serena said it best: “the smallest effort you make, makes the biggest difference to the lives of these animals.”